Ian ARBER – composer

Ian Arber is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. A classically trained cellist and pianist, Ian is known for combining live and electronic elements in his scores, using his cello to create rich, melodic phrases, and manipulating organic tones to create unique synthetic atmospheres.

Ian’s career has gone from strength to strength following on from a year which included scoring BBC One’s six-part conspiracy-thriller The Capture with Blur’s Dave Rowntree,  and, again with Dave, scoring The One, an 8-parter for Urban Myth Films and Netflix. He’s the youngest composer ever to be officially commissioned to write the theme for the BBC Proms. He also scored award-winning documentaries Hitsville: The Making of Motown and Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall, and composed new music for season three of Netflix Original Medici.

In 2020, Ian was busy scoring feature-film Break (starring Rutger Hauer in his final role), BBC One’s Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation, the BBC Studios TV special The Queen At War, and Quibi travel series Cup Of Joe.

In 2018, Ian scored season two of Netflix Original Medici, starring Sean Bean & Daniel Sharman, expanding on Paolo Buonvino’s music from season one as well as writing new themes. He also scored the BAFTA-winning documentary, Bros: After The Screaming Stops with Dave Rowntree, Sky Art’s Urban Myths: The Trial of Joan Collins, the multi-award-winning horror-thriller Redcon-1, and the social impact documentary Sisters of the Wilderness which won best film at Durban International Film Festival, qualifying the film for Academy-Award consideration. The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Other projects include writing the music for BBC Two comedy series Quacks starring Rory Kinnear and Rupert Everett, feature-film My Name Is Lenny starring John Hurt, coming-of-age drama Scott and Sid and assisting composer Joe Kraemer on his score for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Ian also scored the award-winning documentaries I Am Bolt, and Mo Farah’s No Easy Mile. He collaborated with Hip-hop legend Nas on the opening titles for I Am Bolt and co-scored No Easy Mile with Blur’s Dave Rowntree.

Ian’s IMDb page


10 minutes with Ian Arber