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. These published works are establishing themselves as some of the most exciting flute repertoire of today and are being embraced by internationally acclaimed performers, teachers, colleges & students alike.
Ian has performed as a celebrity soloist for the British Flute Society including the 1999 & 2006 International Flute Conventions, Manchester, and as one of their ‘renowned artists’ at their 20th Century flute day in 2001. He made his international debut as a guest soloist at the NFA’s 2001 International Flute Convention, Dallas. Following on from this Ian was the guest artist at the 2003 Hungarian National Flute Event and a headline artist in the 2005 NFA convention in San Diego. Further tours of the USA have followed in addition to invitations to perform in Canada & Iceland in 2007. He has given masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Northern and Trinity College of Music and has regularly been invited to perform & lead workshops for ‘Flutewise’ and numerous other flute events in the UK and abroad. Ian has been a regular visitor to many of the UK’s leading Summer Schools and, along with Clare Southworth, led the 2007 Woldingham Summer School; additionally he joined Wissam Boustany for the 2007 Scottish International Summer School and will be doing both again in 2008. 2005 saw the release of his long awaited CD ‘Within…’, now critically acclaimed and since release continues to be one of the flute world’s best sellers.
A prize-winning student, Ian studied 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 works extensively with musician/composer Simon Painter writing, producing and performing music for film & television under the name of Diva Music with numerous recordings between them and applications from Microsoft to Oprah Winfrey!