A recipient of the Clifford Evans Award for Conducting, Colin Clarke’s credits include collaboration with world-renowned artists and ensembles including the United States Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, Orchestra London Canada, the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, trumpet virtuoso Allan Vizzutti, the Canadian Brass and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States.
Colin is best known for his work with the multi-award winning Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, a group he started as a high school student. For over two decades this ensemble has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada. Under Colin’s baton, the Wind Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, and returned in the spring of 2011 for another performance at New York's famed concert hall to mark its 20th anniversary.
With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has conducted numerous all-city bands, orchestras and choirs across Ontario, and has lead the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In the spring of 2008 he served as conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada.
Colin Clarke remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and composer/arranger. He is the Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and is also on staff at McMaster University as conductor of the McMaster Chamber Orchestra.