Flutist-composer Ian Clarke is the featured artist for a weekend of exciting flute performances and classes at Carolina Flute Fest, held at the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance Feb. 6-7.

Ian Clarke flutist

Clarke performs with pianist Inara Zandmane during the Flute Fest opening concert Friday, Feb. 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. The opening concert is open to the public; a limited number of tickets are available online or at the box office in the Music Building.

Clarke, professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is acknowledged as one of the leading players and composers in the flute world. His compositions have been performed across five continents on stages ranging from the South Bank to Glastonbury. 2005 saw the release of his long-awaited CD “Within…,” now critically acclaimed as one of the flute world’s best sellers. 2013 saw the release of his second CD, “Deep Blue,” which reached the Top 40 Classical Artist Album charts in its first month of sales.

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson has called Clarke “constantly inventive and cutting edge in terms of rhythm, melody and ‘alternative’ flute-playing techniques” and “an eclectic delight”.

Flute Fest runs from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Music Building. Registration for Flute Fest includes the opening concert and all Saturday events.

For tickets, a full schedule of events, and registration, visit http://performingarts.uncg.edu/flutefest/index.