Composer Information: Jonathan Clarke

 

Jonathan Clarke

Jonathan was born in Solihull in 1977; aged twelve he won the West Midlands under-16 Piano and Organ Championships, reaching the National Yamaha Finals. In 1996 he was appointed organ scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, where he studied under Thomas Trotter, and recorded a CD of Trinity College Choir with Priory Records. He graduated with a BA hons (music) in 1999, and awarded an MA in 2000. He was appointed Head of Organ Studies at Eltham College, London; he has also been Organist and Choirmaster at Knowle Church and composition and piano tutor at Solihull School. He is currently organist at Tudor Hall Girl’s School as well as teaching both piano and organ privately.

Jonathan has played extensively throughout the UK and Europe as an organist and pianist. He was guest solo organist for the tercentenary of Castle Howard, Yorkshire in 2001 and in the same year made the first of his appearances as organist on the BBC’s Songs of Praise.  He was a finalist in the Royal College of Organists performer of the year in 2002 and runner up in the piano recital class of the Birmingham Festival.

Jonathan has played solo recitals at many cathedrals including Durham, Birmingham and Chichester and notable concert venues such as Symphony Hall, Birmingham and The Barbican. In 2005 he performed Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Midlands Chamber Orchestra and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Welwyn Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he performed the organ part in Saint Saens Second Symphony with Oxford University Orchestra.

He also enjoys playing a wide range of music and manages and plays in the Jon Clarke Jazz Trio.

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