Born into a family of classical musicians Ian began playing the violin at the age of four. His live television debut was at age 5 and he began competing in Eisteddfods soon after. Ian began his world travels at age six and wowed audiences as a child star in the U.S.A. and Canada, and in following years in Britain, Europe and Japan. At age 12 he performed with the Vienna Boys Choir in their hometown.
awarded a scholarship to the NSW Conservatorium of Music at age eight, Ian continued his training there for the next ten years.
Today Cooper continues to perform classical concerts and is equally at home playing Jazz concerts. He is a regular guest artist of Jazz trumpeter James Morrison and has also appeared with John Farnham, Tommy Emmanuel, George Benson, Simon Tedeschi, David Helfgott, Neil Sedaka, Barry White, Deni Hines, Marcia Hines, Wendy Matthews, The Angels, Melinda Schneider and Olivia Newton-John.
Ian has released 8 CDs, the latest being Ballads and Bossa Nova, on the La Brava Music label. He has been awarded numerous Australian live performance awards including 2 MO Awards, 2 ACE Awards, 3 Golden Fiddle Awards and a platinum “ARIA” Award for his Olympic Opening Ceremony composition “Tin Symphony”. Ian also composes soundtracks for Discovery Channel and is a keen pilot, and yachtsman.