Ian began his musical career studying classical piano. At the age of thirteen he was a guest soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. After attending Manhattan School Of Music, he began working with performers including Jane Olivor, Donna McKechnie, Anita Morris, Judy Kaye, Liliane Montevecchi, Tom Andersen, Karen Mason, Sharon McNight, Marilyn Sokol, Angela LaGreca, Carole Demas, Dawn Derow, and Joy Behar in nightclubs in New York and around the US and Europe. In 1999 he received the Backstage Bistro Award for best Musical Director.
Ian was a pianist and vocal coach at the Broadway revival of Grease, working with guest stars such as Al Jarreau, Jon Secada, Sheena Easton, Chubby Checker, and Darlene Love. Some of his other Broadway credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, The Who’s Tommy, Song And Dance, Swing (for which he wrote vocal and dance arrangements) and Laughing Room Only starring Jackie Mason. He was also conductor for The Toxic Avenger at New World Stages.
In 2010 Ian gave a sold out performance at the Zipper Factory Theater, playing all original material. In 2014 Ian released an album with friend and superb guitarist Sean Harkness entitled “Duet”. All songs were written by Herman and Harkness.
Recently Ian released a new solo CD of all original pieces entitled “Images”. Three of the pieces were created live in the studio. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all streaming platforms.