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Ian de Massini
Ian de Massini read Music at King’s College, Cambridge whilst a choral scholar in the famous chapel choir, during which time he was profoundly moved by the building’s timeless, ethereal majesty, qualities that he also perceives in the sound of plainsong and in the music of Maurice Duruflé. With his own ensemble, Cambridge Voices, which he founded in 1987, Ian was awarded the Prix d’Or by the French classical music magazine Diapason, for his pioneering recordings of Duruflé’s works. These were made exclusively in the composer’s church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Paris, together with those of Duruflé’s successor as organist, Thierry Escaich, which were written especially for these performers. Ian has also commissioned, premiered, and recorded much of the choral music by contemporary Swiss composer Carl Rütti. Ian still sings regularly in King’s Chapel, now as a member of King’s Voices, the college’s official mixed-voice choir.