Rory Clark began playing piano when he was eleven years old. Initially, Rory studied jazz piano under the guidance of Steve Sedergreen and Mira Jacopanez. He has also studied with musical heavyweights such as Mark Fitzgibbon, Kevin Hunt (Don Burrows' pianist) and recently, in New York City with McCoy Tyner.
Rory Clark began his professional career as a musician at age fourteen when he began to do duo gigs with his alto saxophonist father, Roger. Since then he has developed his own unique sound as a musician, performing in a range of bands as well as solo gigs at various hotels, pubs and clubs around Melbourne. Rory has been invited on several occasions to appear at high profile festivals such as the Queenscliff Music Festival, Adelaide Jazz Festival, Paynesville Jazz Festival and The Palmer Street Festival in Queensland. Rory has also performed internationally (Hong Kong and Taipei in January of 1997).
He performs regularly at Dizzy ’s Jazz Club in Richmond as well as appearing sporadically at many other venues around the City. Rory performs in various ensembles, playing a range of styles: jazz, Latin, funk, reggae, blues and lounge music. The various bands range in size from duos and trios to eighteen-piece jazz ensembles (Dizzy's Big Band). Rory Clark also regularly backs singers in a range of situations.
Having gained a vast amount of experience over many years in a multitude of situations, Rory is capable of highly energetic performance spontaneity as well as very controlled subdued playing. He has developed a reputation as a pianist for his use of rich harmonic chord structures, melodic ideas and strong timing.