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Adam Clark

Adam Clark, D.M.A
Assistant Professor of Music



Department of Music
Nykerk 105
Tel: 616-395-7691

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].”  

Clark’s competition honors include first prizes in the American Protégé International Piano Competition and the San Luis Obispo Symphony Concerto Competition. He has also received awards of distinction in the Hellam Young Artists Piano Competition, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, and the Ibla Grand Prize Competition in Italy. He has appeared with orchestras including the Holland Symphony Orchestra, the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and has performed as a soloist in many notable venues throughout the United States, including New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

An active chamber musician, Clark has worked with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Austin Symphony, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In West Michigan, he has been featured on the “Free at 3” recital series in Holland, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) recital series, and the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck summer concerts. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Vario Piano Quartet, a group devoted to works written for 2 pianos, 8 hands

A dedicated teacher, Clark’s students have garnered much recognition for significant awards and performances over the years. He has also distinguished himself as a lecturer and pedagogue, giving numerous presentations throughout the United States and abroad on diverse topics ranging from technical and musical development to twentieth-century pedagogical repertoire. Clark has also given masterclasses throughout the United States and in South Korea, and serves frequently as a judge and adjudicator for events throughout the Midwest.

Adam Clark is Assistant Professor of Music (Piano) at Hope College where he teaches courses in applied piano, piano ensemble, keyboard skills, piano pedagogy, and accompanying. He is also Director of the Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition, Coordinator of the Hope College Keyboard Artists Series, and Collegiate Chapter Chair for the Michigan Music Teachers Association.

Clark holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His Bachelors and Masters degrees were completed at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Texas at Austin. His former teachers include Dr. Charles Asche, Nancy Garrett, and Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff.