Iain McLarty studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (DKDM) in Copenhagen with Giordano Bellincampi and Michael Schønwandt, making his debut with Aarhus Symfoniorkester in June 2015. He has regularly worked with all of the Danish regional orchestras, the DKDM Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Danish Opera Academy in concerts and workshops. He is committed to performing contemporary music and has given numerous premières.
In Scotland he has worked with groups across the country, performing much of the standard orchestral and choral repertoire as well as such diverse pieces as a concerto for birds and orchestra, choral works for forty individual voices, and a new opera based on reality TV. He has held positions as Sir Alexander Gibson Conducting Fellow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and Herrick Bunney Organ Scholar at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.
Iain has participated in orchestral conducting masterclasses with Johannes Schlaefli, George Hurst, Ben Zander and Timothy Reynish and choral conducting masterclasses with David Hill, Patrick Russill and Peter Broadbent. He previously studied with James Lowe. Throughout his studies he has been generously supported by Clutterbuck Travel Scholarships, Bucher-Fraser Scholarhips, a Sir James Caird Trust Travelling Scholarship, an Anglo-Danish Society Award, a Roderick Bryson Memorial Trust Award and a Fondation Idella travel scholarship.
Before taking up conducting he studied Mathematics and Music at the University of Edinburgh with his interest in two such seemingly contrasting fields leading to his featuring in the film “Le pere di Adamo” which was shown at the Rome Film Festival. He also has a Masters in Musicology, with his research focusing on classical and church music in Scotland. As a church musician his work covers a broad range of styles and he is active in worship development. He is particularly interested in music and liturgy in an ecumenical context and has been involved in planning and leading worship at various national and international conferences.