Jun 11, 2022
No. 71: From International Soloist to DMA Student (ft. Stephen Clark)
In this episode, we chat with flutist Stephen Clark about his journey from orchestral musician, to soloist, to DMA student at the University of Alabama. He shares his insights on the differences between conducting yourself as a student vs. professional, as well as the differences between academia / the music industries of the UK and the US. We thoroughly enjoyed his stories and musings on his unconventional path!
Recipient of the 2016 Sir James Galway Rising Star Award and 1st Prize winner of the 2018 IMKA Music Competition and the 2018 Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, Stephen Clark gives more than 150 performances each year across all 7 continents and made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2018. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Northern College of Music and in Switzerland and America with Sir James Galway.
Regularly invited to perform at flute festivals, he has given solo recitals at both the Conventions of the British Flute Society and the National Flute Association of America and the Sir James Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland. Solo engagements have taken him to over 120 countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Finland, Canada, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Croatia, Thailand, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Egypt, China, Libya, Malta, Poland, Lithuania, Japan, Australia, Belgium, France, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Jordan, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Seychelles, Maldives, Malaysia, Brazil, Norway, Iceland, Korea, Peru, Vietnam, Greece, Slovenia and the U.S.A. He has also performed as solo flute player alongside several popular music artists including Annie Lennox, Andrea Bocelli and pop band McFly.
Stephen has recorded for Classic FM, Amadeus, Linn Records and for the Naxos label and broadcast live on Northern Ireland’s 7FM and BBC Radio 3. He has released 2 solo albums on the Voyage Record Label. In 2015, Stephen was accepted into the Recording Academy of America and is now a voting member in the Grammys. Stephen has appeared on screen as the flute player in both the BBC's period drama series "Desperate Romantics" and ITV's feature film "Miss Marple - The Secret of Chimneys". He is author of “The Flute Gym” - a manual for advanced flute players.
Stephen is a Yamaha Artist and plays a 14k gold handmade Yamaha flute. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/creative-baggage/support