13th Adams International Flute Festival

Gareth McLearnon

Gareth McLearnon is an internationally renowned and multi-award-winning flutist, composer, arranger and educator who travels the globe every year leading an enviably diverse, innovative, creative and exciting musical career. He left his native Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1999 to attend the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is currently based in London.

As a performer, Gareth is in demand as a soloist, recording artist, orchestral and chamber musician. He has given many hundreds of performances across four continents, and has led masterclasses and education events for well over three thousand flute players of all ages and abilities. In recent years his engagements have included multiple masterclasses in the USA at Yale University and Boston Flute Academy; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing; The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland;  The Norwegian Academy of Music; Swedish Royal College of Music;  Flutewise Academies; and masterclasses and performances at the British, Australian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swiss, Adams and Sir James Galway Flute Festivals, as well as concerts and masterclasses in Poland, France, Norway, Hong Kong, Denmark and Iceland. Since 2013 Gareth has been performing and teaching all over Russia in collaboration with Yuri Bashmet Academies including numerous masterclass and concert tours to Novosibirsk, Tollyatti, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, Zhoukovskiy, Moscow, Yaroslavl and Kazan and several soloist and concerto performances with the wonderful Moscow Soloists conducted by Maestro Yuri Bashmet himself.

Gareth has been principal flute of the critically acclaimed Heritage Orchestra since 2009 - playing concerts all over the UK, Europe & The Middle East including concerts and tours with Tim Minchin; Antony & The Johnsons; Sparks; Jane Birkin; Ben Folds; Goldie; Tim Exile; Ibiza Classics; BBC Proms performances with Jamie Cullum in 2010, Pete Tong in 2015 and the Scott Walker Prom in 2017. Frequently in the Recording Studio - Gareth has recorded both as a soloist and in orchestra for many TV, Motion Picture & Computer Game soundtracks, as well as for General Release Albums.

Gareth is extremely proud to be the European Artist-in-Residence for Wm. S. Haynes Co. and is a Haynes Artist - playing on a custom made solid 14K gold Haynes flute #54321. He is an endorsee for MicroCork - an innovative flute pick-up system, plays Irish Whistles handmade for him by William Simmons, an Amadeus by Wm. S. Haynes Alto Flute and custom-made Eva Kingma bass and contrabass flutes.

For more info, visit his website: http://www.garethmclearnon.com

Thanks to the support of the Wm. S. Haynes Co

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