Jordan Black is a London-based clarinettist, who enjoys a varied schedule of solo, chamber and orchestral engagements. After spending his early childhood in Kenya, he trained at the Purcell School and the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, where he won several prizes including the Peter Morrison Concerto Competition. He now attends the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Timothy Lines and Mark van de Wiel.
Jordan performed as a woodwind finalist in the BBC Young Musician 2012, and has made appearances as soloist with the Bristol Ensemble, New English Concert Orchestra, Aeolian Orchestra and Leeds Sinfonia. He was also invited by the London Mozart Players to perform for TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex at Windsor Castle.
A passionate chamber musician, Jordan is a founding member of Notus Winds. This young, dynamic wind quintet won the Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious Patrons’ Award in 2014, and have given performances at the Wigmore Hall, Two Moors International Festival, BBC Proms Plus series, St Martin in the Fields and Brazil’s Festival de Inverno.
Jordan frequently works as a freelance player in orchestras and ensembles across the UK, most recently with the Philharmonia. He began his orchestral training as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where he gained the position of Principal Clarinet and received the Worshipful Company’s Arthur Bulgin Medal. More recently, he has played with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. These opportunities have allowed Jordan to learn from some of our foremost conductors, such as Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner, Vasily Petrenko and Semyon Bychkov. He also features on a new recording for Linn Records, with Trevor Pinnock directing the Royal Academy of Music Soloists.
Away from the concert platform, outreach and teaching projects form an important part of Jordan’s musical philosophy. He has given workshops in schools for the Concordia Foundation, mentored young composers on the Sound and Music Summer School, and taught on the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya Residential Scheme.
Future plans for Jordan include a Fellowship with Notus Winds at the Royal Academy of Music 2015/16 and various recital engagements.
Jordan would like to acknowledge the generous support given by Mary and David Bowerman, John and Rosemary Lancaster, the EMI Music Sound Foundation and the Council of Honour Award in financing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music.
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