Announcing the 2019 Iowa Flute Festival to Be Hosted by the College's Music Department!

October 18, 2018

Event Information

Time: Events throughout the day
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Location: Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St
., Grinnell

Event Description

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Iowa Flute Festival, hosted by the Grinnell College Department of Music.

Featured guest artist Ian Clarke will join other flutists and flute lovers for a day full of flute-focused fun in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

Please check back later for more information about the festival and registration.

Feel free to contact Claudia Anderson with any questions.

Our Featured Artist: Ian Clarke

Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. His compositions are performed across the globe and are established in some of the most exciting flute repertoires of today. Clarke's works are embraced by internationally acclaimed performers, teachers, colleges, and students.

Clarke has been a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Brazil, Canada, Iceland, Japan, and many European countries, as well as numerous times for the British Flute Society and the National Flute Association (NFA) in the U.S. 

He premiered his new concerto for flute and strings at the 2017 Minneapolis NFA convention. In 2019 he will be a guest artist at the Australian Flute Festival. His acclaimed CD Within has been one of the flute world’s best sellers and his album 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 many of the leading music conservatoires — including London's Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama and New York's Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music — and in countries from Brazil to Japan.

In his career, Clarke has performed in genres ranging from classical opera to a guest appearance with rock group Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson. In his long relationship with Flutewise (UK), he has been their artist of the year and a guest artist at many of the top flute courses.

Along with RAM's Clare Southworth, he co-led the Woldingham International Summer School for many years. In 2016–18 he featured in the Complete 21st Century Flutist course in California.  In 2019, Grolloo Flute Session 5 will be Ian's fifth annual collaboration with Matthias Ziegler, Wissam Boustany, and Eva Kingma in the Netherlands. Clarke has been teaching and playing at the Scottish International Flute Summer School for more than a decade. Through leading, co-leading, and contributing to a myriad of flute events, Clarke has enjoyed working with all ages and stages in fluteland and beyond.

A prize-winning student, Clarke 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 honors. He is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Clarke has worked extensively with musician/composer Simon Painter writing, producing, and performing music for film and television under the name of Diva Music.