Megan Clarke was born in 2006 and is a music scholar at the Lady Eleanor Holles School. She has attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department since the age of 8 where she is currently studying the cello with Leandro Silvera and the piano with Clara Rodriguez. Megan gave her debut solo recital in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the RCMJD in 2014 and in the same year she was invited to her first of many performances in Italy.
Megan has won many prizes at music festivals around the UK. After winning first prize in the Kingston Festival Concerto Class and also receiving the R. Brain Premier Award, she was awarded Kingston Young Musician of the Year in January 2020. Megan has been invited to play across the UK and in Italy in venues including St John’s Smith Square, the White House London, Leighton House and Duke’s Hall Royal Academy of Music. Megan also enjoys chamber music and won second place in the RCMJD Duo Competition 2020.
In 2022 Megan was a member of the National Youth Orchestra; during that year she gave an opening speech at the Barbican in their Winter Concert which was later featured on BBC Radio 3, and in the Summer she wrote an article for “The Strad” magazine exploring breaking down the boundaries of classical music.
In Summer 2022, Megan went to the USA for six weeks to study at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute: an intensive summer program to develop orchestral, ensemble and solo skills. Whilst she was there she received a masterclass from Blaise Déjardin, the Principal Cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Megan has also received solo masterclasses from other renowned musicians including Alexander Baillie and Nicola Benedetti.