Dr. Adam Clark
Associate Professor, piano
Adam Clark has performed to great acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy, 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 numerous competitions throughout the United States and abroad, Clark has performed as a soloist in notable venues including New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Bass Concert Hall in Austin, and Royce Auditorium in Grand Rapids. He has performed with orchestras including the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, and San Luis Obispo Symphony, and has collaborated with conductors such as Michael Nowak, Eduard Zilberkant, and Johannes Müller-Stosch. Recent 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 performs regularly 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 given lectures and presentations nationally and abroad on diverse topics ranging from technical and musical development to twentieth-century pedagogical repertoire. In 2011, he was invited to present his research on Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor at the College Music Society’s International Conference in Korea, and he is currently preparing a lecture-recital on the complete Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 by Rachmaninoff for the upcoming centennial of their publication. He has been published in American Music Teacher Magazine, the College Music Society’s Symposium, and Piano Pedagogy Forum, and regularly gives masterclass throughout the United States and abroad.
Clark’s students have also 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 Concerto and Shostakovich 2nd Concerto, and have been admitted to outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in music across the country.
Clark is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Middle Tennessee State University, as well as Co-Vice President of the Middle Tennessee Music Teachers Association. He was previously on the faculty of Hope College for six years, and prior to that held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas at Austin.