In 1989 Ian Fountain became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age of 19.
Since that time, he has performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA, the UK and the Far East, with orchestras such as the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and the Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Belohlavek. He has also performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Halle, CBSO, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and Utah Symphony amongst others.
In Moscow he was invited to open the 1992/3 season of the Moscow Conservatoire and in Poland he marked the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death by playing both Chopin concertos in Krakow.
As a recitalist, he has performed in major centres such as New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Jerusalem. He is a regular guest of international festivals such as Prague Spring, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Enescu (Bucharest) and Kuhmo.
As an avid chamber-music player, Ian Fountain enjoys many long-standing collaborations with musicians such as David Geringas, Ulf Hoelscher, and the Mandelring and Emperor Quartets, performing in concerts and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and Korea. He has also recently embarked on some performances as conductor, in particular directing from the keyboard.
Ian Fountain has made several critically acclaimed recordings, of 20th century Piano Sonatas for EMI, Beethoven Diabelli Variations (CRD), and the complete works of Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Mendelssohn for Haenssler Classics and David Geringas.
In 2008 he collaborated in the forthcoming edition of Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Cello to be published by Henle Verlag, Munich.
Since 2001, Ian Fountain has been a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music.
This season’s performances include concerts with the Hungarian Philharmonic and Zoltan Kocsis in Budapest, the George Enescu Philharmonic and Christian Mondial in Bucharest, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Jarvi in Japan, the London Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Armenian Philharmonic in Yerevan.