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"As well as being a ravishing account of the score, this beautifully structured performance, which was as much concerned with clarity and delicacy as with fragrance, was one that gave the listener a great deal to think about - the dazzling and super-articulate performance by young Glaswegian flautist Stephen Clark of Jacques Ibert's Flute Concerto revealed the work as more substantial than hitherto appreciated."

Michael Tumelty, the Herald

"This resulted in a very expressive performance, with great feeling, understanding but also much energy. Overall, this recital was a joy to listen to with impressive playing demonstrated in the contrasting works."

PAN Magazine (journal of the British Flute Society)

"The Rising Stars Recital featured 2016 Rising Stars Stephen Clark and Barbara Kortmann, each equally accomplished players with strikingly opposite playing. Clark opened the concert with a favorite of mine, Takatsugu Muramatsu's "Earth." It is always a joy to hear this piece, as it is not very well-known, and it is so sweet and melodic in nature. Clark pulled it off very well. Music from the world was a theme throughout his all-memorized (!!) performance, with next piece "Bali Moods No. 1" by Australian composer Anne Boyd. The public enjoyed hearing this piece for the first time, and the audience was transported back to Bali with the gamelan-like melodies. Ian Clarke's "Orange Dawn" was a stunning interpretation of his piece written while in North Africa, with lots of pitch bends and extended techniques. Lastly, Clark's Carmen Fantasy was well executed and fun, and it showed how he is a true Rising Star."

The Flute View (US magazine)

Stephen Clark / flautist

Recipient of the prestigious 2016 Sir James Galway Rising Star Award, Stephen Clark gives more than 200 performances each year across all 7 continents. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1983, he studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Northern College of Music and in Switzerland and America with Sir James Galway.

As a student, Stephen won both the 2nd prize in the Scottish Mozart Concerto Competition and 1st prize in the RCS Concerto Competition. 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.

Bizet/Borne: Fantasy on themes from Carmen

Solo engagements have taken him throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Finland, Canada, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Croatia, Thailand, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Egypt, China, Libya, Malta, 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.

Boyd: Bali Moods No. 1

From 2009-2011, Stephen was appointed as the youngest ever Artistic Director of the Birmingham Flute Orchestra and is now proud to be the Honorary President of the Lisburn Flute Orchestra in Northern Ireland.  In addition to his engagements as a classical musician he has performed alongside several popular music artists including Annie Lennox, Andrea Bocelli and pop band McFly.  In addition to his performing schedule, Stephen is invited frequently to give classes both in the UK and abroad. Upcoming masterclasses for this season include  Dublin, Ireland and Indiana, USA.  He is often invited to perform on some of the world’s most luxurious cruise liners and has been a headline performer for Seabourn, Holland America Line, Silversea, Princess, Crystal, Azamara, Celebrity, P&O, Oceania, Cunard and Regent Seven Seas cruise lines.

Murumatsu: Earth

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”. Stephen is an European Altus Artist and plays exclusively on Altus flutes.

Sample programme:

Handel – Sonata in F major (in 4 movements)
Fauré – Fantaisie
Clarke- Orange Dawn
Younis – Rising from the Ashes

interval

Murumatsu – Earth
Hahn – Ah Chloris
Rachmaninoff – How Fair This Spot
Borne/Bizet- Carmen Fantaisie

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