British violinist Clare Howick has specialized in contemporary British repertoire, much of it by women. She studied with Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music, also working with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Zahkar Bron, Ida Haendel, and Dorothy DeLay. Taking first prize at the Jellinek Competition, she has also received other prizes and awards around the U.K., benefiting from support from the Countess of Munster Trust and other donors.
Howick has a large repertory of traditional concertos, which she has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, among others. She has appeared at major festivals in the U.K., including the Covent Garden, Buxton, and Cheltenham International Festivals. Howick has been featured on both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and has collaborated with Lynn Harrell, Marin Alsop, and Jaap van Zweden, among many others. She has appeared as a Guest Leader with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, and the Orchestra of English National Opera. Many new works, including the Serenade for violin and orchestra of Paul Patterson, have not only been commissioned by Howick, but have been written specifically with her capabilities in mind.
Howick's debut recording, Sonata Lirica and Other Works for Violin and Piano (2007), took up the cause of the neglected Cyril Scott, and she has continued to champion underexposed British music. She returned to Scott the following year with a recording of three violin sonatas, and her album British Women Composers (2010) featured music by Ethel Smyth, Elizabeth Maconchy, Irena Regina Poldowski (the daughter of Henryk Wieniawski), Phyllis Tate, and Ethel Barns. An album of British Music for Violin and Piano in 2017 once again featured Scott alongside other composers, and Howick was slated to release a concerto album on Naxos at the end of that year. Her first three releases featured Sophia Rahman as pianist, replaced by John Paul Ekins on British Music for Violin and Piano.