Ian Fox is a musicologist and has been a lecturer in music, a regular RTE broadcaster and a music critic for over 50 years. He has written hundreds of programme notes for a wide range of events including the West Cork , Kilkenny and Galway Festivals, the National Symphony Orchestra and for many concerts and recitals. His radio programme “Bloomenlied” on the music in Joyce's “Ulysses”, won the European Nordring Prize in 1982.
He presents a regular twice-yearly series of music lectures at the Royal Dublin Society, where he is a member of its Council. He has served on a number of boards including the Dublin International Piano Competition, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Wexford Festival Opera.
He wrote the history of the Wexford Festival “100 Nights at the Opera” in 1991. He was music critic for the Sunday Tribune for over 20 years and is the Irish correspondent for OPERA magazine (London) and is a member of the Critics' Circle, London.
He has had a parallel career in marketing, having been a brand manager with Unilever, before working with leading advertising agencies, becoming the Chief Executive of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland and a member of the Advertising Standards Authority.