plays in many different ensembles, including Duo van Vliet (viola and accordion duo), Scottish Ballet orchestra (where he holds the position of Principal Viola), yllwshrk (alternative rock band, "yellow shark," where he plays guitar and writes music), and IMOGEN (Berlin-based chamber music collective). He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (undergraduate viola, where he won the Maurice Loban Prize for viola final recitals) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow (postgraduate composition).
Recent highlights include Duo van Vliet's debut recital at Wrocław's National Forum of Music; a tour of Europe and Russia with Jonny Greenwood as part of the London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists; playing on Radiohead's latest album A Moon Shaped Pool (also with the London Contemporary Orchestra); and IMOGEN's debut tour of Germany with Gilles Apap, presenting a thread of music of all styles, including Ravel, Björk, Frank Zappa, and Claude Vivier. At the 2017 Podium Festival in Esslingen, he presented his version of Björk's 1997 masterpiece album, Homogenic, reimagined for string quintet.
Ian Anderson is a former Principal Viola of the European Union Youth Orchestra and plays on a 2003 John Dilworth viola, purchased with support from the Musicians' Benevolent Fund.