Born in 1989, Scottish musician Ian J. Munro has recently been appointed Organist and Choirmaster at St Luke's Church. Ian holds music degrees from Edinburgh Napier University and Goldsmiths, University of London specialising in percussion performance. As a percussionist his career has seen him perform a wide variety of repertoire all over the UK and abroad including orchestral, opera, chamber, musicals, contemporary, various recording projects and as a recitalist. He has performed as timpani/percussion soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms (version for organ, harp, percussion and choir), Sofia Gubaidulina's Canticle of the Sun under the baton of respected Russian cellist and conductor Alexander Ivashkin and Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani with George McPhee on the organ at Paisley Abbey. He performed his debut solo recital at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013.
Musical experiences extend further than just percussion. Ian has sung in a variety of choirs and attended workshops with among others Ben Parry, Edward Caswell and the late Andrew Doig. He studied conducting with Michael Harris (Master of the Music at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh) and has had experience as rehearsal conductor for St James Orchestra and the Merchant Voices. He deputised as organist on many occasions at Martyrs' Sandyford Church. In addition to his St Luke's and percussion career Ian is also Founder and Director of the Edinburgh Festival Ensemble which aims to give young professional musicians the chance to perform works for larger ensemble, launched in August 2013 with a performance of Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat at the Edinburgh Festival.
Away from music Ian enjoys spending his few moments of free time with friends and family, exploring the world and watching tennis and football from the comfort of his armchair.