Gareth McLearnon is an internationally renowned and multi-award-winning flutist, composer, arranger and educator who travels the globe every year leading a diverse, innovative, creative and exciting musical career. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 1999-2003 and is currently based in London.
Gareth’s professional career started early — playing his first professional orchestral concerts aged 17. At 19 he began to play professionally in London’s West End theatres, and in the same year was also invited to record a track for the CD ‘Songs for Alexander’ with the World famous flutist Sir James Galway and harpist Marisa Robles. Following his graduation in 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Ian Fleming Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award. After a year of postgraduate study, he won a principal flute position in Southbank Sinfonia for their 2005 season.
As a performer, Gareth is in demand as a soloist, recording artist, orchestral and chamber musician. He has given many hundreds of performances across six continents, and has led masterclasses and education events for thousands of flute players of all ages and abilities. In recent years his engagements have included masterclasses in the USA at Yale University Manhattan School of Music and Boston Flute Academy ; in Europe at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; The Norwegian Academy of Music; Swedish Royal College of Music; Royal Danish Academy of Music; Zagreb Academy of Music; Ljublana Conservatory; Flutewise Academies; The Gnessin School & Gnessin Academy of Music, and Central School of Music in Moscow; Jerusalem Music Centre in Israel; in South America at the Campos do Jordao Festival in Sao Paulo, and in Asia at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Taishan International Music Camp in Dalian; St John’s University, Taipei; and the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan. He has given masterclasses and performances at the British, Australian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swiss, Adams, Hungarian and Sir James Galway Flute Festivals; and has performed and presented at a total of five NFA Conventions in the USA, as well as given concerts and masterclasses in France, Norway, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Ireland, Kenya, Monaco, China, UAE, Taiwan, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Denmark and Iceland.