Ian Cusson


Ian Cusson is a Canadian composer of art song, opera and orchestral work. Of Métis and French Canadian descent, his work explores the Canadian Aboriginal experience, including the history of the Métis people, the hybridity of mixed-racial identity, and the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures.

He studied composition with Jake Heggie and Samuel Dolin and piano with James Anagnoson at the Glenn Gould School. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Chalmers Professional Development Grant, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Award, and several grants through the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.  Ian is an inaugural Carrefour Composer in Residence with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

He lives in Toronto with his wife and four children.


Photo credits Leemarc Lao; Headshot Tim Leyes