“As well as being a ravishing account of the score, this beautifully structured performance, which was as much concerned with clarity and delicacy as with fragrance, was one that gave the listener a great deal to think about - the dazzling and super-articulate performance by young Glaswegian flautist Stephen Clark of Jacques Ibert's Flute Concerto revealed the work as more substantial than hitherto appreciated.”
- Michael Tumelty
"This resulted in a very expressive performance, with great feeling, understanding but also much energy. Overall, this recital was a joy to listen to with impressive playing demonstrated in the contrasting works. "
-PAN Magazine (journal of the British Flute Society).
"The Rising Stars Recital featured 2016 Rising Stars Stephen Clark and Barbara Kortmann, each equally accomplished players with strikingly opposite playing. Clark opened the concert with a favorite of mine, Takatsugu Muramatsu's "Earth." It is always a joy to hear this piece, as it is not very well-known, and it is so sweet and melodic in nature. Clark pulled it off very well. Music from the world was a theme throughout his all-memorized (!!) performance, with next piece "Bali Moods No. 1" by Australian composer Anne Boyd. The public enjoyed hearing this piece for the first time, and the audience was transported back to Bali with the gamelan-like melodies. Ian Clarke's "Orange Dawn" was a stunning interpretation of his piece written while in North Africa, with lots pitch bends and extended techniques. Lastly, Clark's Carmen Fantasy was well executed and fun, and it showed how he is a true Rising Star."
-The Flute View (US magazine)
“If you are looking for a flute player with great expertise, enthusiasm, energy and who has excellent performance skills, look no further than Stephen Clark. A superb flute player and workshop leader, the audience adored him!”
- Flutewise magazine
"An 'out of this world' performance, leaving the audience astonished with what can only be described as perfection. Stephen is definately one to watch out for on the international flute circuit and his debut solo CD should be one to remember."
- Belfast Times
"This was an impressive production by Glyndebourne who were determined to demystify Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. Unassuming Scottish flautist Stephen Clark made an innocent everyman as protaganist Tamino".
"An unusual choice of programme for a musician who is well known for making classical recitals accessible - a little known Sonata by Soviet composer Taktakashvilli, a stirring and hugely atmospheric piece by British composer Ian Clarke depicting an African sunrise and a Suite by Slovenian Blaz Pucihar were all performed with flair and gut wrenching emotion........no less than two encores later, the audience left more than satisfied."
"Stephen Clark’s debut album, Explosive, is a crossover album featuring flute arrangements from diverse sources, ranging from music from the Irish dance show Lord of the Dance to Guns N’ Roses. This Scottish flutist, who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music, combines a beautiful, rich, powerful tone with some fun repertoire that you might be surprised to hear on a flute CD. Clark opens with a cover of “Explosive,” written by Tonci Huljic and performed by Bond, the British crossover string quartet. This piece is fast-paced and is an energetic opening to the album. He moves in a different direction with a cover of John Denver’s lyrical “Annie’s Song,” which has also been covered by James Galway. Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” from their 2008 album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is convincingly played next by Clark. The flute tracks, all performed by Clark, are layered, which creates a full, complex piece. Various types of film music are included on Clark’s album. One track is from The Mission, a 1986 British drama starring Robert De Niro. A second movie-related track is from the 1997 film Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. “The Prayer” is a cover of a 1999 duet between Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Three tracks (“Siamsa,” “Lord of the Dance,” and “Whispering Winds”) were written by the Irish composer Ronan Hardiman, who composed the soundtracks to the Lord of the Dance and related dance shows. These show Clark’s command of difficult articulation; it is consistently clear, clean, and crisp. The last track, “Whispering Winds,” also features some very nice timbral trills. Perhaps the most unexpected track is a cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” from their 1992 album Use Your Illusion I. These tracks might not be what you expect from a flute album, but it certainly is a fun collection. Perhaps more importantly, each track is expertly executed. Learn more about Stephen Clark at his website, www.stephenclarkflute.com, or on Twitter at @stephenflute."
-Tammy Evans Yonce.com