April Clayton

April Clayton maintains an active career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and pedagogue. Highlights include touring as a guest with the New York Woodwind Quintet and being featured in a cover story by Flute Talk magazine as a leading flutist of her generation. She performs in festivals around the world, including residencies at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil, the Holder’s Season Festival in Barbados, the Wells Cathedral Concert Series, and the Aberystwyth Music Festival. After seven years as Director of Chamber Music for the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, she now heads the Da Capo Paris Flute Class at the Ecole Normale de Musique. She has additionally performed in London, Zurich, Riva del Garda, Leipzig, Moscow, Vancouver, Mexico, throughout South Korea, New York City, and across the United States. She is Professor of Flute at Brigham Young University and Director of Woodwind Studies at The Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City. April Clayton presented her debut solo recital at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Artists’ International Competition, and has won numerous other competitions. She has released two solo CDs on the Crystal Records and Tantara labels. Accolades for her performances from the New York Concert Review,Fanfare, American Record Guide, and Flute Talk magazine describe her playing as “stunning”, “dazzling”, “impeccable”, “[played] with total conviction”, “outstanding”, “thoroughly polished”, “beguiling”, “superb”, “elegant”, and “delectable.” Ms. Clayton was a National Merit Scholar at Oberlin College and Conservatory, studying flute performance and mathematics. She received her B.M. summa cum laude. At Juilliard, she was a Starr Doctoral Fellow and the youngest student to have been admitted to the D.M.A. program. She is a Williams Flutes Artist.