In 1991, Running, Thinking, Finding received the composition prize at the Ultima festival in Oslo, and in 1992 he received the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council. In 1998 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland's state-sponsored body of creative artists, and from 2000 to 2003 he was AHRB Research Fellow at the University of Ulster. He is currently An Foras Feasa post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk Institute of Technology and composer-in-association with the USA's Camerata Pacifica ensemble.
In 1996 Wilson's Timelessly this was the only music to be performed during Seamus Heaney's poetry reading at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and in 1999 he made a choral setting of Heaney's Limbo for the City of Derry Youth Choir. More recently, Wilson returned to Heaney's poetry to set the tenth Glanmore Sonnet in the fourth and last movement of a new work, Dreamgarden, for Camerata Pacifica, which will be premiered in late 2010.
Recordings of Wilson's music have been released on the Diatribe, Black Box, Timbre, Riverrun, Guild, Chandos, Erasmus and Silva Screen labels and his website is at www.ianwilson.org.uk His music is published by Ricordi (London) and Universal Edition.