CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 9, 2012 – Ian Clarke, one of the leading player/composers in the flute world, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The event is free and open to the public. Clarke will also give masterclasses to Southeast students and local high school students during his time in the area.
“He is, without a doubt, the best flute player in the world,” said Robert Fruehwald, Southeast professor of music.
Performed throughout the world by leading artists and extensively used at universities and music conservatories, Clarke’s music is established as some of the most exciting flute repertoire of today. Clarke’s compositions have been performed across five continents on stages ranging from London’s South Bank to the Glastonbury Festival and have been featured in the last four BBC Young Musician, Woodwind, finals.
Clarke has been invited to perform as a featured guest soloist at conventions in Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Netherlands, the United States and the British Flute Society. He has also performed in Iceland, Canada, France and the United States. His acclaimed CD, “Within,” has been one of the flute world’s best sellers.
He has given masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Northern College of Music, and Trinity College of Music.
He was recently named Flutewise artist of the year, and Flutewise members premiered his new ensemble piece, “Zig Zag Zoo,” at the Barbican. He also appeared as guest artist with Ian Anderson and his group, Jethro Tull. Along with Clare Southworth, Clarke led the 2010 Woldingham International Summer School and joined Wissam Boustany for the 2010 Scottish International Flute Summer School.
A prize-winning student, Clarke studied with Simon Hunt, Averil Williams and Kate Lukas of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He concurrently studied mathematics at Imperial College London and graduated with honors.
Clarke is currently a professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is an international Miyazawa flute artist. Under the name of Diva Music, Clarke works extensively with musician/composer Simon Painter in writing, producing and performing music for film and television, with numerous recordings between them and applications from Microsoft to Oprah Winfrey.