The Founder and Senior Partner of Rosenblatt Solicitors, Ian Rosenblatt (56), has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Birthday 2016 Honours List; the honour has been bestowed on Ian for Rosenblatt Recitals and music philanthropy.
Ian Rosenblatt, who established his City law firm, Rosenblatt Solicitors, in 1989, is the founder and sponsor of the Rosenblatt Recitals, London’s only world-class series of opera recitals. The series was inaugurated in 2000 and, since the 2012/13 season, has been based at Wigmore Hall. To date, Rosenblatt Recitals has put on approximately 180 concerts, giving many of the world’s leading opera singers their London or professional debut. In 2013, Ian also launched the Branscombe Festival in East Devon to bring world-class music to an intimate and rural setting – an essential element of his passion for making music accessible to as many people as possible.
Ian is also Honorary Co-Treasurer of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a charity with a declared mission of creating a vibrant future for music. He is a trustee of the Susan Chilcott Scholarship Fund for young singers which commemorates the outstanding British soprano who died aged 40 in 2003; the fund provides financial support for young classically trained singers.
In 2013, Ian bought the independent music shop, Les Aldrich, saving this North West London institution from imminent closure by becoming its owner; he has also put on a number of pop-up, free concerts by internationally acclaimed singers and musicians in Les Aldrich. He can often be found behind the counter on a Saturday.
In December 2015, the Department of Culture, Media & Sport announced that Ian Rosenblatt had been appointed by the Culture Secretary as a Trustee of the National Museums of Liverpool for a term of four years.
In addition, Ian supports a number of other musical causes such as donating towards the project to build a music wing, opened in 2011, at the Henrietta Barnett School in North-West London - pupils from the school regularly attend Rosenblatt Recitals; he also supports a variety of charities in other social and medical fields and is an Ambassador for RNIB.
By day, Ian is a corporate lawyer and his City law firm, Rosenblatt Solicitors, has over 100 staff (of which 23 are partners) handling business law in the UK and internationally. It is one of the few fullservice commercial law firms outside the ‘magic circle’ to hold the status of preferred lawyers to FTSE 250 clients. His firm represents FTSE companies, listed companies, private businesses, financial institutions and leading businesspeople through teams covering corporate, financial services, employment, real estate, IT/IP, tax, regulatory and litigation acting for companies across a wide range of sectors.
Ian was born in Liverpool on 2 November 1959 and was educated at Liverpool College, and the London School of Economics and Political Science where he studied Law. He is a member of the Law Society. He has five children (two step) and is married to Emma Kane, Chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust and Chief Executive of Redleaf Communications with whom he was the co-founder.
Commenting on the award of an OBE, Ian Rosenblatt said:
“I am truly humbled to receive this award in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list and grateful to all those who recommended me. Music is an important element of what makes us a civilised society and I am proud to do what I can to support young talent and make world-class music more accessible to the general British public.”
John Gilhooly, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society and Director of Wigmore Hall said:
“I am very pleased to see Ian Rosenblatt’s far-reaching and extraordinary generosity, and his commitment to music and the arts recognised with this honour. He has been a generous arts and music philanthropist, not least for the RPS as its honorary co-treasurer, but also for his recital series at London venues over many years.”