Ian Clyne was born into a musical family in Windsor, Ontario, and started his formal training on piano at the age of seven. During his public and high school years he enjoyed choir, band, and theatre. At eighteen, Ian left his hometown and headed for Canada’s capital, Ottawa, where he joined the musician’s union, and began paying his dues playing six nights a week.
During this period (1978), as a member of Stratus, a nine-piece jazz-fusion band, Ian performed two of his instrumental compositions on a national, live radio broadcast. The following year one of his songs was included in the first of a series of “local talent search” LPs produced by radio station CHEZ-FM.
In the 1980’s, while continuing to play music full-time, Ian returned to education at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. He received two Canada Council Grants for private studies in piano performance, and composition with Dina Namer and Steven Gellman. Pieces were commissioned, performed and recorded by the Ottawa Pops Orchestra, the Telemann Ensemble, and both University Theatre companies which allowed Ian the opportunity to explore a more classical style of writing and arranging.
In the 1990’s Ian was writing, arranging and producing for a successful children’s musical theatre group, playing keyboards for the Juno award-winning country artist Charlie Major, and performing regularly with his own jazz trio.
More recently, travel with Canadian Armed Forces Entertainment Show Tours has taken him to the Arctic circle, the Persian Gulf, Italy and Afghanistan.
Today, Ian is a busy session musician, live performer and educator.