In the mid-1980s, flutist Kate Clark moved from her native Australia to the Netherlands where she studied the baroque flute with Barthold Kuijken in The Hague. She had been drawn to the baroque flute while still an undergraduate in Sydney, but was led to further study in Europe in order to fully immerse herself in the instrument and the music.
Kate Clark is one of a handful of world-class early flutists to specialize in both the baroque and Renaissance versions of the instrument. Her love of both was nurtured during her studies at conservatories in The Hague and in Basel, Switzerland.
Today, Kate Clark is one of Europe’s most respected early flutists. She has performed and recorded with a number of major ensembles as both soloist and chamber musician. Her teaching positions include several residencies in both baroque and Renaissance flutes.
Kate is also one of a small number of flutists to have won first prize at the prestigious Brugge International Early Music Competition.
Of her many collaborations, Kate finds particular satisfaction in having founded one of the few professional Renaissance flute consorts performing today. Named the Attaignant Consort after the famous Renaissance music publisher, the ensemble released its first recording not long ago.
Here’s a video of Kate performing a movement from a Haydn trio with fortepianist Zvi Meniker and cellist Rainer Zipperling:
Our new release of the week features the music of Melchior Schildt, a prominent 17th-century German composer and organist. Annette Richards performs in a program devoted to Schildt and his teacher Sweelinck. Released on the Loft recordings label, Richards’ performance is given on the historical “Raphaelis” organ of Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark.