Dr. Adam Clark
Professor and Associate Director
Departments / Programs
- DMA, University of Cincinnati (2008)
- MM, University of Texas at Austin (2004)
- BM, University of California, Santa Barbara (2002)
Adam Clark has been heard as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Australia, and South Korea. His performances have been broadcast on WPLN in Nashville, WMUK in Michigan, and 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”...Read More »
Adam Clark has been heard as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Australia, and South Korea. His performances have been broadcast on WPLN in Nashville, WMUK in Michigan, and 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 studied with Charles Asche. He completed 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 in venues such as New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Sejong Arts Center in Korea, the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. With more than twenty concertos in his repertoire, 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, Richard Piippo, and Johannes Müller-Stosch, among others.
His solo performances have been lauded for their intellect and artistry. Recital programs have included some of the most challenging works in the repertoire, including Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petruschka, the complete Op. 39 Etudes-Tableaux by Rachmaninoff, Chopin's 2nd and 3rd piano sonatas, Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Sonata, and the Liszt Sonata. Upcoming programs will include premieres of chamber transcriptions of Chopin's Krakowiak and Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto, along with performances of Bach's Goldberg Variations.
As a chamber musician, Clark has worked with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Austin Symphony, and the Weimar Staatskapelle. He has been featured on the acclaimed Grand Rapids Art Museum recital series, the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, and 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’s students have garnered recognition for notable awards and performances over the years. Recent accolades include first prizes in the TMTA Collegiate Competition and MTSU's Tom Naylor Memorial Competition, among other state and national awards over the years. Clark's students have worked in masterclasses with renowned artists and pedagogues, performed major works with orchestra, 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. 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 Professor of Piano at Middle Tennessee State University. 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.