Clarinet Students I have taught/coached are performing throughout the World in over 25 Orchestras from Substituting in the Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, to regular members of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Netherlands Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Berlin Orchestra Orso, Royal Marine Band UK (Soloist), US Air Force Band Ramenstein Germany, US Navy Band Washington DC, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Boston Conservatory Faculty, Festival Mosaic, Tanglewood Festival, Aspen Festival, Marine Band San Diego and others. 2021 my Student from High School Jay Shankar won 1st Prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist International Competition.
I hold a 56 year record with the International Clarinet Association (previously the ICS/Clarinetwork) as being the only Clarinet Teacher under 30 years to have taught a Winner in their Young Artist Competition, which was up to age 27. I was 29 at that time. He was my student since 5th grade.
In 1992 I taught 17 year old Michael Rescorla who won 1st Runner up in that International Clarinet Competition. I have also taught 3 Winners of the ICA Competitions including a College Sophomore who was an Orchestral Audition 1st Runner up Winner competing against 4 College Clarinet Professors who had Doctorates and was the youngest contestant by 6 years (Eddie Sundra who is 2nd Clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony).
I have toured China twice with Orchestra, and Europe over 12 times as Professor/Clinician/Soloist. In 2018 I was the first American Clarinetist to teach in Croatia (Music Festival in Croatia). Was featured in the 40th CASS (British Clarinet Society) as Soloist and Clinician. Performed with Fmr. Principal Clarinetist of Royal Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Professor Whight who I performed a Mendelssohn Concert Piece with, performed in the Soundtracks of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
My career has spanned over the past 37 years as an International Clarinet Soloist, Orchestral Clarinetist, top Pedagogue. In 1996, I was chosen to replace Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Clarinetist Anthony Gigliotti as Clarinet Faculty of the FAME Music Festival in Lawrenceville NJ. In 2014, I toured with members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Pizazz Orchestra to perform in Shenzhen, China. Recently, I served as Principal Clarinetist for the Concert for Peace at the Philadelphia Kimmel Center and at the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium.
In 2016, my online Clarinet student, Jay Shankar from San Diego, was a member of the Carnegie Hall Youth Orchestra of the United States and toured Europe under Russian Superstar Music Director Valery Gergiev. From 2012 to 2016, my students have either been finalists or winners at the Philadelphia Orchestra International Music Festival Concerto Competition. After his Undergraduate at Peabody, he won 1st Prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist International Competition, and for his Masters got a Full Scholarship to the Colburn School in Yehuda Gilad's Studio.
I also Produce Music for the Legendary Clarinetist Michele Zukovsky since 1999, and digitize recordings for several legendary deceased Clarinetist's Estates such as Harold Wright, Lorin Levee, and Ralph McLane (see my YouTube page).
I am also a Clinician having given Masterclasses/Lessons at Juilliard (Masters Program), Codarts - Rotterdam Conservatory, Amsterdam Conservatory, Utrecht Conservatory, Trinity Laban Conservatory London, Madrid Conservatory, Koln Conservatory, University of Denver, University of Colorado, Rowan University, Millersville University, West Chester University, Tennessee Tech University, Agaete Festival Canary Islands, Princeton/FAME Music Festival (replacing Principal Clarinetist Philadelphia Orchestra Anthony Gigliotti), Philadelphia Orchestra Summer Music Festival for 6 years teaching with Ricardo Morales (Met Opera, and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinetist) and Boris Allakhverdyan (Met Opera, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist). I've judged numerous International Music Competitions with fellow Judges including New York Philharmonic Members.
Have a listen to my student's performances! First recording is of my student Michael Rescorla at 16 performing in trio the Bartok Contrasts live in Masterclass of Marlboro Faculty Claude Frank.
I gave a Masterclass at the University of Colorado the same day that Flutist James Galway was there giving his.