David Krakauer, Clarinetist

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     David   Krakauer  is  such  an  artist.  Widely  considered  one  of  the greatest  clarinetists  on  the  planet,   he  has  been  praised  internationally as  a  key  innovator  in  modern  klezmer  as  well  as  a  major   voice  in classical  music.  

    For  the  past  decade  Krakauer  has  emerged  as  an  electrifying symphonic soloist  who  brings   his  singular  sound  and  powerful  approach  to  the concert  stage.  He  has  appeared  with  the   world’s  finest  orchestras including  the  Amsterdam  Sinfonietta,  Baltimore  Symphony,   Brooklyn Philharmonic,  Detroit  Symphony,  the  Weimar  Staatskapelle,  the  Orchestre de   Lyon,  the  Phoenix  Symphony,  the  Dresdener  Philharmonie,  and  the Seattle  Symphony.  


     Krakauer’s  discography  contains  some  of  the  most  important  clarinet recordings  of  recent   decades.  Among  them  are  The  Dreams  and  Prayers of  Isaac  the  Blind  (Osvaldo  Golijov  and   the  Kronos  Quartet/Nonesuch) received  the  Diapason  D’Or  in  France.  The  Twelve  Tribes   (Label  Bleu) which  was  designated  album  of  the  year  in  the  jazz  category  for  the Preis der   Deutschen  Schallplattenkritik,  and  Paul  Moravec’s  Pulitzer  Prize winning  composition   Tempest  Fantasy  (Naxos).  He  has  also  recorded with  violinist  Itzhak  Perlman/  the   Klezmatics  (Angel)  and  Dawn Upshaw/ Osvaldo  Golijov  (Deutsche  Gramophon).  His   unique  sound  can  be  heard in  Danny  Elfman’s  score  for  the  Ang  Lee  film  Taking  Woodstock   and throughout  Sally  Potter’s  The  Tango  Lesson. 

     An avid educator, David Krakauer is on the clarinet and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College at the New School and the Bard Conservatory.

(From the information on davidkrakauer.com)