Ian Foster Resume

      Ian was born in Birmingham and studied Tuba at the Birmingham Conservatoire before gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama thanks to a generous scholarship from the Countess of Munster Trust. He was also offered scholarships to the RNCM and the Royal College of Music.
Whilst a student, Ian won the Brass Prize, the Brass Chamber Music Prize, participated in the CBSO Scheme, was a Finalist in the International Tuba Conference Soloist Award and was also a semi-finalist in the Shell/LSO Brass Scholarship.

He was principal tuba of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, reserve tuba for the European Union Youth Orchestra and offered the post of Principal Tuba for the World Youth Orchestra
Ian is a founding member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet (www.cbso.co.uk), Principal Tuba with the English Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company (www.rsc.org.uk) and the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble (www.fineartsbrass.co.uk) with whom he has broadcast many times on BBC Radio and Television, performed premieres of several important new brass works, and toured the Dominican Republic as a guest of the British Ambassador.

He has recently been on trial with the Ulster Orchestra and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and is on the extra work list for several British orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

After the CBSO Tuba player retired from ill health Ian covered the majority of the Orchestra's schedule for over 12 Months and in this time recorded CD's, and performed with several outstanding conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel and Sakari Oramo.

Ian holds teaching posts at Warwick School, Warwick University, Education Group Ltd, and with the Birmingham Music Service as well as being involved in the CBSO's education programme. He has adjudicated major competitions (most recently at the International Trombone Festival alongside the CBSO trombone section and Bob Hughes), auditioned students for orchestral positions (Including the CBSO Youth Orchestra and the CBSO Scheme) and coaches low brass for the National Youth Wind Orchestra and the CBSO Youth Orchestra.
His brass arrangements have been performed by the CBSO Brass Quintet, London Tuba Quartet, Dudley Music Service, Royal College of Music Tuba Ensemble, and the CBSO Youth Orchestra Brass Quintet and published by Warwick Music (www.warwickmusic.co.uk)

Updated:  April 30, 2008

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