For over thirty years, Ian Jewel was the violist of the Gabrieli Quartet with whom he toured the world from New York's Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, as well as London's Royal Festival, Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls. With the quartet he made over sixty commercial recordings and numerous radio and TV broadcasts. The quartet was resident at the University of Essex and at the Guildhall School of Music, and had a special relationship with Benjamin Briteen and the Aldeburgh Festival.
He continues to play string quartets with the Zivoni Quartet with whom he has given many concerts across the UK.
Ian is often invited to play quintets with other quartets - joining the Vermeer, Chilingirian, Delme and English String Quartets, and has played piano quartets with the Angell Trio.
Ian Jewel has performed many concertos including the Rubbra Concerto, on the occasion of the composer's seventieth birthday with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Walton and Bartok concertos, Harold in Italy by Berlioz, and frequently Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, with his wife - the violinist - Carol Slater.
He has played the Brahms E flat Sonata on BBC Television and recorded the Brahms Songs with Bernadette Greevy and Paul Hamburger. He recorded Britten's "Lachrymae" for the BBC after playing it to the composer in Aldeburgh, and was then invited to play Schumann's "Marchenbilder" with the pianist Murray Perahia at the Aldeburgh Festival. Also at the Aldeburgh Festival he led the chamber ensemble for Britten's Church Operas, working closely with the composer and performing them in the UK and throughout Europe.
Most recently he has made a CD with the pianist Ian Brown of works by Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Enesco and Faure.