Buckle, Ian


Ian Buckle enjoys a varied freelance career, working as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and teacher.

As concerto soloist, Ian has appeared alongside conductors Carl Davis, Elgar Howarth, Gerard Schwarz, Yan Pascal Tortelier and John Wilson, with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Opera North, Sinfonia Viva, the Manchester Concert Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.  His London debut came in 1996 with a recital at Wigmore Hall and he has given recitals in numerous British festivals including Buxton, Canterbury, Chester, Harrogate, Lake District Summer Music, Lichfield, the Ribble Valley International Piano Week and in the Bridgewater Hall for Manchester Midday Concerts.

Ian is a member of the piano-and-woodwind ensemble Zephyr, the Cerberus Trio (with clarinet and cello); and the Elysian Horn Trio, formed whilst students at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Committed to contemporary music, he has been the pianist in Ensemble 10:10 since its inception in 1997, and his piano duo with Richard Casey specialises in music of the last and current centuries.  As an accompanist he is in constant demand, performing and recording with singers and instrumentalists throughout the U.K. and in Europe, recently appearing in the Beethovenfest in Bonn and the Festspiele Mecklenburg with Mark Simpson.  'Larkin's England', a programme of piano music and poetry devised by Ian, was performed in the 2010 Buxton Festival and repeated in Liverpool narrated by Roger McGough, as well as in Leeds with Sir Andrew Motion.  Ian regularly plays piano in the RLPO, and teaches at the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool.

Recent CD recordings include the Grieg Concerto and a programme of transcriptions for cello and piano with Jonathan Aasgaard. 

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These new works for clarinet and basset clarinet - by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Emily Howard, Gary Carpenter, Patrick Nunn, Kenneth Hesketh, David Horne and Gavin Higgins - were commissioned by Mark Simpson, winner of the 2006  BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

Also featured is Mark's own work  Lov(escape).



“the performances are of a very high level…Simpson has brought a 21st century twist to the instrument and we can be sure that more works will follow as a result of its existence”  Clarinet and Saxophone


This recording was supported by the RVW Trust and Liverpool Hope University.


The works on this disc were recorded on 9-11 August 2010 at the Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University.

Producer & Engineer    DAVID LEFEBER
Digital editing        DAVID LEFEBER
Executive Producer     COLIN MATTHEWS

Prism by Patrick Nunn and Marking Time by Gary Carpenter are published by Cadenza Music.

Short Score by Stephen Pratt is published by editions hh.

Kenneth Hesketh's music is published by Schott Music.

The music of David Horne and Mark-Anthony Turnage is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Cover image and graphic design FRANCOIS HALL

(P) 2011 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2011 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D139
Release Date:
18 April 2011