Ivan performed throughout the world for over twenty years with the Duke Quartet, working with an array of artists including Jessye Norman, Monserrat Caballe, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Alexander Baillie, the Brodsky Quartet, Marc Andre Hamelin, Martin Roscoe and Joanna McGregor, as well as The Pretenders, Blur, John Cale and George Michael. They recorded over a dozen CDs, the first of which was voted ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’ at the Cannes Classical Music Awards in 1994. The quartet also toured extensively for many years with the award-winning European dance company Rosas, and have appeared in concert on TV and radio the world over. The quartet were resident at Trinity College, Oxford for many years. Ivan left the quartet in 2001 to undertake other projects including a residency with the Swiss Theater St Gallen Dance Company performing solo cello and vocals.
Ivan combines work near his home in East Anglia with recording in London and tours, with artists such as Pete Docherty and Mike Batt. In 2009 Ivan organised two hugely successful concerts for King's Lynn's Hanse Festival: a Baroque concert at St Margaret's church and a children's concert including Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, with Roger Lloyd-Pack as Narrator, at the Corn Exchange. At the beginning of 2012 Ivan performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with The Royal Ballet, performing 3 pieces for cello and piano by Oliver Davis, with pianist Helen Leek - they also recorded those pieces in the Spring.
2015 finds Ivan involved with two new string quartets based in Norwich, the Kavolini String Quartet and The Nelson Quartet. He also performs with the London Studio Players, a collection of London-based musicians, doing corporate, session and recording work. He's recently been playing in London's West End for 'Les Mis' at the Queen's Theatre and for 'The Kings of Broadway' at the Palace Theatre. Ivan will be performing with The Quartet of London this December.
Ivan was awarded an Associateship to the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). He plays on a cello made for him in 2001 by Kai-Thomas Roth.
Ivan McCready ARAM