A pianist of considerable virtuosity and versatility, Ian Pace is enjoying a demanding and prestigious 2003-2004 concert season. He gave the Paris premiere of Pascal Dusapin's piano concerto À quia with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and appears on a 3 disk set eleased by Naïve of this work together with Duspain's complete études and a DVD of two programmes featuring Ian's work which were first broadcast on French television. Highlighs for the spring include the premiere of faux départs, a new piano quintet from Richard Barret which he performes with the Arditti Quartet at Ars Musica in Belgium and Cheltenham Festival in the UK.
Renowned for exciting and engaging performances of the most demanding and intricate music of today, Ian Pace also regularly appears with the Arditti Quartet, having performed the piano quintet Spur by Beat Furrer in Vienna, Frankfurt, Strasbourg and Cheltenham - also live on BBC Radio 3. In October 2001 the Arditti Quartet and Ian Pace gave the premiere of Walter Zimmermann's new piano quintet De Umbris Idearum in Graz, Austria and they performed the Quintet by Carter at Ars Music Festival in March 2002. In September 2002 he appeared in 3 concerts with the Ardittis at Vevey, Switzerland
At the 2001 Berlin Bienalle he gave the first performances of specially commissioned works by Pascal Dusapin and James Dillon and at the Flanders Festival, he gave the premiere of a new piece from Brian Ferneyhough, Opus Contra Naturam, which he subsequently performed at De Ijsbreker in Amsterdam, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - "ultra-polished recital" The Financial Times - Mostly Modern Series in Dublin, at IRCAM's Agora Festival in Paris and elsewhere. He has also been in residence at Northwestern University in Chicago, giving workshops for composers, masterclasses for performers as well as a major recital incorporating works by Liszt, Ravel and Sciarrino with pieces by contemporary British composers.