short biography
Clive Driskill-Smith MA MPhil FRCO ARCM is one of the leading organists of his generation. Hailed as a "star of a new generation", critics have praised his "blazing technique" and "unbelievable virtuosity" and described his performances as "intensely moving" and "truly breathtaking".
Winner of the Royal College of Organists' Performer of the Year Competition in 2000 and the Calgary International Organ Competition in 2002, Clive performs throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. In the UK he has played at the BBC Proms, the Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall and Bridgewater Hall, and in the US - where he often performs with percussionist Joseph Gramley in Organized Rhythm - he has played at Regional and National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. His CDs have received critical acclaim ("a master performer in a range of musical styles ... his playing is immaculate ... the technique is brilliant, the interpretation faultless ... a first class recording") and his performances have been broadcast on radio and television worldwide.
A pupil of David Sanger and Hans Fagius, Clive was a Music Scholar at Eton College and then Organ Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he is now Sub-Organist. He plays for the daily services in the Cathedral and for the choir's many concerts, recordings, broadcasts and tours under the direction of Stephen Darlington.
Clive teaches the organ at the Royal Academy of Music and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.