Ian Belton is a professional violinist and a member of the Brodsky Quartet.
He plays with fellow violinists Daniel Rowland, and Paul Cassidy, and with cellist Jacqueline Thomas. Since its inception in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet has performed in over 3000 concerts all over the world, touring everywhere from Australasia, Europe, all across both North and South America, and Europe. Over its 40 year career, it has performed at most of the UK’s major venues and festivals and has been regularly broadcast on BBC Radio. The Brodsky Quartet has, on numerous occasions, performed complete cycles of the quartets of Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Webern and Bartok. They are perhaps best known for their performances of the Shostakovich Quartets.
Having released over 60 recordings, the Quartet’s first disc ‘Petits Fours’ for the label Chandos Records was released in February 2012 as a celebratory album of ‘Encore’ pieces for the Quartet’s 40th anniversary. Recent awards for recordings include the Diapason D'Or and the CHOC du Monde de la Musique for their recordings of string quartets by Britten, Beethoven and Janacek, and, for their outstanding contribution to innovation in programming, the Brodsky Quartet has received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. They are currently International Fellows of Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and have been awarded Honorary Doctorates at the University of Kent and University of Teesside.