English pianist Robert Clark is Head of Music Staff for The Royal Ballet. In addition to managing the Company’s music staff and playing in rehearsals, he regularly gives solo piano performances in Royal Ballet and Royal Opera productions.
Clark was born in Kettering and began playing the piano at the age of five. He studied with Jean Anderson and then with Niel Immelmann and Ruth Gerald at the Royal College of Music. In 2000 he joined the music staff of The Royal Ballet and was appointed to his current position during the 2009/10 Season.
His solo repertory for the Company includes The Four Temperaments, The Age of Anxiety, The Concert, Rhapsody, Sweet Violets, Asphodel Meadows, Marguerite and Armand, Gong, Polyphonia, Les Noces, Viscera, In the Night, Ondine, ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), Nimbus, Electric Counterpoint, Infra and Elite Syncopations on the main stage and Of Mozart and Fantasy (‘Inspired by Ashton’) in the Linbury Studio Theatre. For The Royal Opera his repertory includes the Bar Pianist (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny).
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Anne Sofie Von Otter, Willard W. White , Peter Hoare, Christine Rice , Kurt Streit, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Darren Jeffery and Robert Clark as the Bar Pianist.
Robert Clark in The Concert, The Royal Ballet
Robert Clark as the pianist, Lauren Cuthbertson as The Ballerina and Kristen McNally as the Angry Lady in The Concert, The Royal Ballet