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Andrew Clark

  • Natural Horn

After 24 years working as a musician based in London, England, Andrew Clark moved
to British Columbia in 2010. So far in his career, he has performed in 45 countries,
worked with more than 60 professional orchestras and ensembles from 10 different nations,
and has 24 years of experience teaching the horn at university level, including
many years as a member of the brass faculty at both the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a soloist he has appeared
alongside musical directors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Franz Bruggen, Robin Ticciati,
Trevor Pinnock and Monica Huggett, and has also recorded as soloist for EMI, Hyperion,
Archiv and Linn. Twice he has been an invited solo guest artist at International
Horn Society symposiums as well as at numerous other Horn Festivals around the
world.

His interest in the horn and its music has taken him in many different directions. As a
world renowned performer on historical horns, he has played every piece by Bach that
includes a horn (most of which are recorded with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam
Baroque Orchestra); performed live on BBC radio 3 the highest notes written for the instrument,
by Haydn (in the concert aria Pieta di Me); and performed and recorded
(twice) all of Brahms’ symphonies on a Vienna horn. As a symphonic horn player he has
worked with all of London’s top orchestras and is delighted to have had the opportunity
to perform each individual horn part in every Beethoven symphony. For 16 seasons he
played at Glyndebourne Opera House, and has taken part in a large number of opera
recordings, including (on three separate occasions) the obbligato horn aria from Handel’s
Giulio Cesare. As a soloist in later repertoire, he has performed Britten’s Serenade
for Tenor, Horn and Strings, recorded the premiere of the Sonata da Caccia by Thomas
Adès and most recently, performed and recorded the newly composed Concertino for
Horn and String Orchestra by Stephen Chatman.

Since 2002, Andrew has trained in brass instrument manufacture and set up his own
speciality workshop for custom building and repair. To date he has built more than 20
horns and trumpets, many with unique design features. Many of his instruments are
used by leading players in some of the worlds’ finest orchestras.

Currently he is the horn instructor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and
principal horn player in the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra