Ian Hampton is an acclaimed cellist, educator and administrator. After stints with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh String Quartet, he taught in the USA, before moving to Canada to become principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Langley Community Music School and other accolades include a BC Arts Council Award for his extraordinary contribution as a performer, teacher and administrator. In 2009, he was named a Canadian Music Centre ambassador, and in 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University. He lives near Vancouver.