Arranger and multi-reed
musician from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who started out on the
clarinet, flute and saxophone, and was playing professionally at thirteen
years of age. He attended the Eastman
School of Music and the Paris Conservatory and studied clarinet with Guy Deplus, Peter Hadcock, Stanley
Hasty, and William Osseck.
In 1984, he
became a member of the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other groups with whom he has worked
include the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Players, the
Hawthorne String Quartet, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Walden
He was a
featured soloist of the Boston Pops in 1997 when he performed the “Clarinet
Concerto” of Artie Shaw on PBS’s Evening at Pops.
In 1998, he
gave the east-coast premiere of “Clarinet Concerto” by Elliott
Carter at Tanglewood and reprised it during the
Carter Centenary Celebration in 2008.
He and Lucy Shelton delivered the world premiere of Carter’s “Poems
of Louis Zukofsky” at Tanglewood
May 2010, he premiered Sir Andre Previn’s “Clarinet
Sonata” at the Prague Spring Music Festival, with the composer at the
keys. He was the guest soloist
of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2010 when they performed Aaron
Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto” at Smetana Hall.
August 2010, he was one of the featured soloists of the BSO at Tanglewood where they offered up Leonard Bernstein’s
“Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for Clarinet and Jazz Ensemble”.
He was back at
Ozawa Hall on 26th August 2011 when members of the BSO
interpreted his arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Three
Preludes for Clarinet, Harp and String Trio”.
November 2011, he teamed up with the Hawthorne String Quartet for the world
premiere of Previn’s “Clarinet
Quintet” at Symphony Hall.
which he appears include: America, Chris Botti in Boston, Holiday Pops, My Favorite Things: A
Richard Rodgers Celebration and A
Splash of Pops with the Boston Pops; Chris Brubeck: Danza del Soul/Michael Gandolfi: Line Drawings/Lukas Foss: Central Park Reel; Clarinet Day 2007; Keisuke Wakao
Plays Mozart/Bach/Britten/Prokofiev; Martinu: Chamber Music With
Flute; Le Monde du Serpent
with Douglas Yeo; and, Reinecke: From the Cradle to
In the field
of music education, he has served on the faculties of the Boston University
School for the Arts, the New
England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center.