CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Clare frequently performs and commissions solo, chamber and concerto works from living composers and is a keen advocate of contemporary music. Over the past few years, she has given over 30 world premieres of works by composers including Ken Hesketh, Robert Saxton, John Woolrich, David Matthews, Edwin Roxburgh, John McCabe, and Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik.

Four of her five discs feature contemporary music: Piano Polyptych, for Prima Facie Records, is comprised exclusively of contemporary works by British composers while Reflections, for BIS Records, includes world premiere recordings of works by Roxanna Panufnik. Her most recent discs, Etude and Horae (pro clara), feature music by Unsuk Chin, Nikolai Kapustin and Ken Hesketh and have been internationally acclaimed.

Projects in 2015 included performing etudes by Philip Glass at the Barbican Hall, commissioning new works for piano and film from Ken Hesketh and Ed Hughes, and the premieres of concertos for trumpet and piano by Geoffrey Gordon and Toby Young with Simon Desbruslais and the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Woods.

In 2016, the Observer described her as "a star interpreter of contemporary music" while the Telegraph stated that she "brilliantly despatched" Mazurkas by Adès at her recital for the Cheltenham Festival. Over the course of the year, Clare gave world premieres of works by Luke Bedford, Robert Saxton, Michael Berkeley, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Arlene Sierra and Kim Ashton.

▸ Watch Clare's performance of Oliver Knussen's Prayer Bell Sketch here.

▸ Listen to an excerpt from her BBC radio recording of Unsuk Chin's études here.

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