photo: Natalie Gaynor

Michael Clark is a pianist devoted to the interconnection of performance, scholarship, and pedagogy. He has appeared in 15 U.S. states as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician, specializing in 20th and 21st century repertoire. An advocate for the music of Florence Price, Clark has presented numerous lecture recitals on her piano works and made his solo album debut with Price’s complete waltzes and selected character pieces for Navona Records.

In addition to his interest in Price, Clark researches historical approaches to piano fingering and is the founder of Piano Tricks, an online database of fingerings and redistributions for over 800 passages from the piano repertoire. He recently explored Chopin’s and Liszt’s redistributions in an article for Piano Magazine and published a study of the most frequent historical redistributions in Beethoven’s sonatas in MTNA e-Journal.

A dedicated teacher, Clark was appointed as Lecturer in Piano at Baylor University in 2022, building upon a record of diverse teaching experience in collegiate, studio, and community outreach settings in the Houston area. Clark earned a D.M.A. in Piano Performance with the Certificate in Teaching and Learning from Rice University, an M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Houston, and a B.M. in Piano Performance from Ithaca College. His primary teachers include Robert Roux, Nancy Weems, Jennifer Hayghe, and Melinda Smashey Jones.


Waltzes & Character Pieces of Florence Price

Release Date: February 9, 2024
Catalog Number: NV6591
20th Century
Solo Instrumental
Michael Clark’s knowledge and reverence for Florence Price shines in WALTZES & CHARACTER PIECES OF FLORENCE PRICE. Opening with the first waltz in Price’s musical catalog, Valsette Mignon, and closing with one of her final waltzes, Waltzing on a Sunbeam, Clark’s respect and intimate understanding of these elegant piano works is evident in his delicate treatment of each passage down to the single note. The sheer musicality Clark presents in the rolling melodic line of character pieces such as Dreamboat and Barcarolle honors Price’s work in a way that both uplifts and exceeds expectations. Clark hopes that the fragment of her vast repertoire showcased in WALTZES & CHARACTER PIECES OF FLORENCE PRICE will implore listeners to further explore her works, continuing to give Price her long overdue flowers.