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Stephen Williamson, Clarinet

Stephen Williamson

Stephen Williamson is the Principal Clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and previously was the Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is currently a faculty member of DePaul University and has served on the faculty at Columbia University and the Mannes College of Music, as well as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Williamson has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has collaborated with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, and Emanuel Ax.  Most recent concerto performances include the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with both the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, and as a Fulbright Scholar he studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Mr. Williamson was the Grand Prize winner of the 1994 Boosey & Hawkes/Buffet Crampon First Annual North American Clarinet Competition. Other past awards include the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition. He has recorded for the Sony Classics, Telarc, CRI, BMG, Naxos and Decca labels and can be heard on numerous film soundtracks. Most recently, Mr. Williamson was a featured soloist with the CSO under the baton of John Williams, recording his Oscar-nominated score for Steven Spielberg's film, Lincoln. He is a Selmer-Paris and Vandoren Artist.

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