Solo Clarinetist and Chamber Musician
Dr Spencer Pitfield, clarinet, has performed solo and orchestral concerts in most European centres, China, USA, and many Southern African countries.
He is a founding member of the Glinka and Zemlinsky Trios.
Spencer was born in Kent, but grew up in South Africa. There he completed a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree and played for five years in the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa. He holds a Performers’ Diploma from the Rotterdams Conservatorium in Holland and a Licentiate Performers’ Degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In February 2001 he completed a Ph.D. in Performance Practice from Sheffield University.
Spencer has performed solo and orchestral concerts in most European centres, China, USA, and many Southern African countries. He has published numerous articles for the American International Clarinet Association (ICA) and Clarinet and Saxophone journals in this country.
Spencer was a featured lecturer at the ICA’s ClarinetFests (1999-2001) and won first prize in the 2001 ICA Research Competition. He was invited to judge the same competition at ClarinetFest in 2004 and performed at the University of Maryland’s Clarinet Connection workshop in the same year. Other North American performances/tours have included Norman Oklahoma, New Orleans and Vancouver.
Spencer has coached and performed at the renowned Kuhmo Summer Music Festival, Finland, and Western Kentucky University, USA. He has also adjudicated at the Royal Academy of Music, London. From 1997-2007 he was a senior member of the music department at the internationally recognised Purcell School of Music for talented young musicians.
Spencer joined Birkdale School, Sheffield, as Head of Instrumental Studies and Head of Woodwind in September 2007.
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