Ron Samuels

"a highly captivating musical presence"
The Los Angeles Times

"performs skillfully and stylishly with verve and impressive musicianship"

"rare beauty of performance"
American Record Guide

Ron Samuels was appointed 2nd clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by the eminent conductor Mariss Jansons at the start of the 2001-02 season. Previously, he served as principal clarinetist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and as a guest principal clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra.

A native of San Francisco, Ron has enjoyed a richly varied career as a symphonic musician, chamber music and concerto soloist, and as a collegiate professor and master class clinician. He graduated from the University of Southern California where he studied with Mitchell Lurie and where he has frequently returned as a guest lecturer. A year after graduation, he won an audition for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a post he held for six seasons.

In addition to appearances on chamber music and recital series throughout the United States, Ron has been a featured soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, as well as with, among others, the San Diego Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Along with three of his PSO colleagues, Ron was also a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. He has recorded contemporary chamber music for Opus One Records, Hearts of Space Records, and a solo CD for KOCH International Classics featuring an all-French program and highlighted by the world-premiere recording of an early 19th-century concerto by Charles Duvernoy. During his years in Los Angeles, he also participated in soundtrack recordings for the motion picture and television studios of Universal, Warner Brothers and Columbia.

Ron has championed the music of several contemporary composers and has participated in performances, on recordings, and as part of consortiums of several new-work ommissions. Among these have been Anthony Iannaccone's Concertante for clarinet and orchestra for which he gave the American premiere; William Albright's Quintet for clarinet and strings; John Harbison's Concerto for oboe, clarinet and orchestra; and most recently, David Stock's Sea of Reeds written for the Pittsburgh Reed Trio, a chamber ensemble which Ron

Currently on the faculty of Duquesne University, Ron has been a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan and the Interlochen Arts Academy, and he has given master classes at several schools including the University of Southern California and Oberlin College.

During the summer, Ron performs in the Robert Marcellus-endowed principal clarinet chair of the Peninsula Music Festival in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, and as principal clarinet of the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Ron has also been the principal clarinetist of the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival and the Santa Fe Opera.

Other musical pursuits have included the publication of articles for The Clarinet - Journal for the International Clarinet Association and de Klarinet - Dutch Journal for Clarinetists. In addition, he was a production assistant on clarinetist David Shifrin's Delos recording, A Brahms/Schumann Soirée.

Ron is a Buffet-Crampon Artist Clinician. He performs on Buffet R-13 clarinets and Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.

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