Dr. Adam Clark

Associate Professor

Dr. Adam Clark
615-898-2481
Room 262, Wright Music Building (WMB)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • D.M.A., University of Cincinnati, OH (2008)
  • M.M., University of Texas, Austin, TX (2004)
  • B.M., University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (2002)

Biography

Adam Clark has been heard as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy, Sweden, and South Korea. His performances have been broadcast on WMUK in Michigan as well as MBC National Television in Korea. Of his playing, New York Concert Review Magazine wrote, "Clark brought out much beauty in Chopin's soulfully embroidered melodies. He played with thoughtful expressiveness" and "achieved an excellent blend [with the orchestra]."

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Adam Clark has been heard as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy, Sweden, and South Korea. His performances have been broadcast on WMUK in Michigan as well as MBC National Television in Korea. Of his playing, New York Concert Review Magazine wrote, "Clark brought out much beauty in Chopin's soulfully embroidered melodies. He played with thoughtful expressiveness" and "achieved an excellent blend [with the orchestra]."

Originally from California, Clark received his B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a student of Charles Asche. He went on to complete his M.M. at the University of Texas, Austin and D.M.A. at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where his principal teachers were Nancy Garrett and Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, respectively.

A prizewinner in many competitions, Clark has performed as a soloist in venues such as New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Sejong Arts Center in Seoul (Korea), the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, and Royce Auditorium in Grand Rapids. He has performed with orchestras including the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, and San Luis Obispo Symphony, among others, and has collaborated with conductors such as Michael Nowak, Eduard Zilberkant, and Johannes Müller-Stosch. Past concerto performances have included the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto, Chopin 1st Piano Concerto, Schumann Piano Concerto, MacDowell 2nd Piano Concerto, Bartok 2nd Piano Concerto, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

As a chamber musician, Clark has worked with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Austin Symphony, and the Weimar Staatskapelle. He has performed often during the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck in Michigan; he has been featured on the acclaimed Grand Rapids Art Museum recital series; and he is currently a member of MTSU's Stones River Chamber players. He has also performed, recorded, and premiered works with the noted brass ensemble, SymbiosisDuo.

A dedicated teacher, Clark has students who have garnered much recognition for notable awards and performances over the years. They have worked in masterclasses with renowned artists and pedagogues, won numerous awards at the local and state levels, performed major works with orchestra including the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto and Shostakovich 2nd Piano Concerto, and have been admitted to outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in music across the country.

Clark has also lectured nationally and abroad on diverse topics ranging from technical and musical development to 20th-century pedagogical repertoire. His research on Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor as well as the piano music of American composer, William Schuman, have been presented at conferences for the College Music Society. In 2016, he performed the complete Op. 39 Etudes-Tableaux by Sergei Rachmaninoff in honor of the centennial of their composition. He has been published in American Music Teacher Magazine, the College Music Society's Symposium, and Piano Pedagogy Forum, and regularly gives masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad.

Clark is Associate Professor of Piano at Middle Tennessee State University, as well as President of the Middle Tennessee Music Teachers Association. He was on the faculty of Hope College from 2008-2014, and prior to that held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas at Austin.

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