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Clive Carroll

updated 24 August 2004

Clive Carroll was born on 8th April 1975 and has been immersed in a diverse range of music ever since. His mother plays the button accordion and sings traditional Irish ballads: his father is an accomplished bodhran player, banjo player and instrument maker. Putting his considerable skill to use when Clive was little more than eighteen months old, his father made him his first banjo. By the age of ten, Clive was performing regularly with his family band and as a soloist. At the age of twelve, Clive took up the guitar. Only eleven years later, in the summer of 1998, he achieved a 1st Class Honours degree in Classical Guitar & Composition from Trinity College of Music, London. Throughout his musical career, Clive has been awarded an array of prizes.

1994 John Halford Prize for Composition
1994 Gladys Puttick Memorial Prize for Extemporisation
1997 Ivor Mairants Guitar Award
1997 Continuum Ensemble ~ National Improvisation Competition (Finalist)
1998 Gladys Puttick Memorial Prize for Extemporisation
1998 Montagu Cleeve Prize for Guitar
1999 Essex Young Musician of the Year

Clive is to be particularly admired for his excellence in a wide range of musical styles. A real 'all-rounder', he's performed as part of classical guitar ensembles while being involved with jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass and traditional Irish music. Clive is a highly regarded teacher in all of these areas, with many successful pupils to his credit.

Upon a joint recommendation from the Head of Strings and his Course Director at Trinity, Clive recorded Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Trinity College Orchestra. He has also recorded extensively with Irish musicians and has even enhanced popular music releases with his five-string banjo expertise!

Clive has been composing music since he was very young. He's written pieces for orchestra, chamber ensemble, soloists and is renown for stunning performances of his own work on solo guitar.

Clive's début recording, Sixth Sense, was released on November 15th 1999. Buy it here...

For more information please go to Clive's own website.

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