David Shifrin, Artistic Director
Now in his 30th year as Artistic Director of Chamber Music Northwest, David Shifrin was honored in October 2000 with the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. One of America's most sought-after clarinetists, Mr. Shifrin enjoys an active career as soloist, recording artist, chamber music collaborator, and educator. In 1989 he became an Artist-Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and from 1992-2004 he also served as the Society's Artistic Director, concurrently with his role with Chamber Music Northwest.
Highly acclaimed as a chamber musician, Mr. Shifrin frequently collaborates with the world's leading ensembles, including the Guarneri and Tokyo String Quartets. Festival appearances as a leading soloist and chamber performer include Mostly Mozart, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and the Seattle and La Jolla Chamber Music Festivals.
He also has held principal clarinet positions with several orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the American Symphony, and the Dallas and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras. As guest soloist, Mr. Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, Calgary and Edmonton Philharmonics, and abroad with the Berlin and Bavarian Radio Orchestras. Read more
Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1987, Mr. Shifrin has been named a winner in several competitions, including the 1977 International Competition in Munich, the Geneva International Competition, and in this country the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Concert Artists Guild Award. He also has been a recipient of a solo recitalists fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A native of New York City, Mr. Shifrin is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. He has studied clarinet under Robert Marcellus, Mitchell Lurie, Anthony Gigliotti and Herbert Blayman. He has served on the music faculties of University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Southern California, and the Juilliard School. He is currently on the faculty of the Yale University School of Music.
Mr. Shifrin is a recording artist with Delos, Angel and Nonesuch Records. His Delos compact disc recording of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Clarinet Quintet with CMNW artists received a "Record of the Year" Award in 1986 from Stereo Review Magazine. In addition, he has received two Grammy nominations, in 1983 and 1989, in the chamber music and concerto categories.