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Ian Arber is a film and television composer, known for his work on "I Am Bolt" (2016), "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" (2015), "My Name Is Lenny" (2017) and BBC2's period comedy "Quacks" (2017). Ian is an emerging talent in the film music world. With a growing portfolio of work across a variety of genres, Ian is bringing a fresh and unique compositional style to each project...


In 2016, Ian scored feature documentaries for Olympic legends Usain Bolt (I Am Bolt), and Sir Mo Farah (Mo Farah: No Easy Mile). He collaborated with Hip-Hop legend Nas on the opening titles to 'I Am Bolt', and co-scored 'Mo Farah: No Easy Mile' with Blur drummer Dave Rowntree.

In 2015, Ian assisted Hollywood composer Joe Kraemer on his score for Christopher McQuarrie's "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation". He assisted Joe throughout writing, preparation and recording of the score at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Ian Arber is an excellent composer, a thoroughly professional musician who keeps things organized and lighthearted, even in the most tense of situations. It was my pleasure, and an honor, to have him on the team for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Ian is a classically trained cello and piano player with a reputation for pushing the boundaries by experimenting with these, as well as other rare and exotic instruments. Not only is he known for using his cello for melodic phrases throughout his scores, but also unique, intricate percussive and atmospheric elements.

Ian has a rare skill – he is both inventive and creative with a musical knowledge well above the fray. Ian is a pleasure to work with and he's quick. He makes every project significantly better with his contributions

Ian began studying cello at five years old and then the piano at ten. He was eventually presented with the highest award for both instruments in his teens. Music quickly became an integral part of his life. At the age of 14, Ian took up the bass guitar, followed by electric and acoustic guitar, while performing in orchestras and producing music for rock and jazz bands.

It was at this stage that Ian began to experiment with composition and discovered his true passion. Deciding to focus all his efforts on this, Ian subsequently studied music composition and production at the University of Kent, in England.