English born musician Ivor Ottley is one of Europe's leading fiddle players. His playing covers many styles including jazz, classical, bluegrass, country, western swing, blues and celtic. Ivor began his musical career aged 9 as a cathedral chorister. After a couple of years of classical violin lessons, he began teaching himself American old-time and bluegrass fiddle from recordings. Eventually a curiosity and taste for improvisation lead him to swing jazz. He studied with the late jazz fiddle great, Johnny Van Derek, a leading light on the British jazz scene. Johnny advised Ivor to rekindle his classical studies, as well as giving him weekly jazz lessons. Ivor went on as a mature student to study classical violin at Trinity Music College, London, with Diana Cummings and John Crawford.
A desire for stylistic integrity and a strong belief that a sense of the spirit and soul of musical styles are contained in the communities from where they originate, has led Ivor to travel widely, playing with many world leading musicians. He lived in Ireland for many years absorbing traditional Irish music, and most recently Stockholm, Sweden playing Swing Jazz. Ivor has won many awards, the latest becoming the West Tennessee Bluegrass fiddle champion 2012, the first European player to win the accolade, and top soloist award in the all Sweden 'Classic Jazz' finals 2013.
Ivor has worked as a performer, recording artist, producer, composer, author, workshop leader and teacher, and has broadcast frequently and toured extensively throughout Europe and the USA. He is currently based in the UK.