Ian Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. His compositions have been performed across five continents on stages ranging from London’s South Bank to the Glastonbury Rock Festival and have been featured in countless recitals including four consecutive BBC Young Musician Woodwind finals*.
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“Ian Clarke Within. This is an amazing recording.” “Clarke’s playing is incredible in every way.” “Flautists who purchase the CD will want to own the music as well.” — Flute Talk (CD Review January 2006)
“Ian Clarke ‘Within’ Marvelous and dramatic flute recordings by increasingly recognized star performer Ian. His sweeping soundscapes evoke the beauty of East Africa and capture the most intimate emotion. An album in search of its visual counterpart: Brilliant, brave, moving.” — Musician (CD Review Spring 2006)
“A stunning performance by player composer Ian Clarke….a true master of his art” — British Flute Society
“Zoom Tube is a simply astonishing piece. …. Ian’s genius lies in his ability to incorporate extended flute techniques for the flute in a way that are thoroughly powerful, natural and accessible musically” — programme notes by Wissam Boustany
These wide-ranging published works are establishing themselves as some of the most exciting flute repertoire of today and are being embraced by internationally acclaimed performers, syllabuses, teachers, colleges & students alike.
Ian has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Canada, Italy, Brazil, France, Iceland, Slovenia, Hungary, Netherlands and numerous times for the British Flute Society (BFS) and for the NFA (National Flute Association) in the USA – including in New York 2009 and at Caeser’s Palace Las Vegas. His acclaimed CD ‘Within’ is one of the flute world’s best sellers and his latest CD Deep Blue reached the top 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart; thought to be a first for an album of original flute music. He has given master-classes at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Northern, Royal Welsh and Trinity College of Music. 2014 sees him giving master-classes at New York’s Juilliard, MSM and Mannes along with other recitals and classes across the USA. He has worked with Flutewise (UK) over many years and has been their artist of the year. In his career he has performed in genres ranging from classical opera to a guest appearance with rock group Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson. Over the years Ian has been invited as a guest artist to many of the top flute courses. Along with Clare Southworth, Ian led the Woldingham International Summer School for many years and has been a regular teacher (and performer) at the Scottish Summer School with Wissam Boustany and Ruth Morely. He is frequently invited to lead and teach at numerous flute events working with all ages and stages around the country and abroad.
A prize-winning student, Ian studied part-time with Simon Hunt, Averil Williams and Kate Lukas of the Guildhall School of Music, London. He concurrently studied Mathematics at Imperial College, London graduating with Honours. Ian is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Ian has worked extensively with musician/composer Simon Painter writing, producing and performing music for film & television under the name of Diva Music (www.divamusic.co.uk)