Ian Laing was born in the north-east of Scotland. From the age of six he learned Scottish fiddle music and played classical music in local orchestras. For three years he was leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and was awarded the Arthur Bulgin Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He became a pupil of Manoug Parikian. Two highlights of Ian’s time with the NYO were working on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with Pierre Boulez, and playing the solo parts of Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade in the Royal Festival Hall. He subsequently chose a career in Medicine, and developed an interest in Medicine of the Newborn which he studied at Harvard University. He became Director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, a post he held for 23 years. In 2008 Dr Laing was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Stirling for his services to the newborn in Scotland.
Since his retirement, Ian has renewed his interest in chamber music. He is a Guest Leader of the Meadows Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh. His string quartet has studied annually with the Chilingirian String Quartet in West Sussex.