• Clarinet World Records

    Music is a competitive field, especially if you’re trying to set or break a world record! Here are a few clarinet world records (official and unofficial): Guinness World Record for longest career as a clarinetist. Stanley Drucker received this award for performing with the New York Philharmonic for 62 years! Guinness World Record for largest clarinet ensemble. The largest clarinet ensemble took place on July 26, 2019 when 367 clarinetists performed at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Knoxville, Tennessee. Largest carrot clarinet ensemble. On April 10, 2016, an ensemble comprised of 275 carrot clarinets played at the Nederlands Klarinet Festival in Amsterdam. You can watch Linsey Pollak’s video of…

  • 100 More Famous Female Clarinetists Throughout History

    Last year, I wrote a list of 100 famous female clarinetists throughout history (I also wrote a more in-depth article on historical female clarinetists). Obviously, 100 is barely breaking the surface of all the wonderfully talented female clarinetists from around the world (past, present, and future), so here is the much-awaited sequel to this list. As always, this list is not meant to be comprehensive. I intend to make this a multi-part series, so please comment below with other female clarinetists who you would like to see featured on subsequent installments. Juliette Adam Deborah Andrus Anaïde Apelian Arngunnur Árnadóttir Emily Bernstein Joséphine Besançon Marie Billotte Betty Bley Anne Boeykens Carmen…

  • 30 Famous French Clarinetists

    Happy Bastille Day – vive la France! I will always consider France my adopted country, so to celebrate this French national holiday I’ve listed 30 famous French clarinetists. As always, this list is not intended to be comprehensive. I have tried to include notable clarinetists who spent their formative years in France, but many of these clarinetists later moved to perform in other countries. Michel Arrignon Nicholas Baldeyrou Frédéric Berr Philippe Berrod Daniel Bonade Jacques Jules Boufil Louis Cahuzac Lucien Cailliet Florent Charpentier Philippe Cuper Alain Damiens Guy Dangain Ulysse Delécluse Guy Deplus Pierre Gennison Georges Grisez Gaston Hamelin Florent Héau Paul Jeanjean Hyacinthe Klosé Jacques Lancelot Jean-Xavier Lefèvre Paul…

  • Famous Celebrities Who Played the Clarinet

    We all know that the clarinet is the best instrument around, so it’s no surprise that these celebrities played (or still play!) the clarinet: Woody Allen Gloria Estefan (she also played guitar!) Sara Evans Alan Greenspan Alyson Hannigan Jimmy Kimmel Eva Longoria (she was also a drum major!) Harpo Marx (check out this video of him goofing off with Benny Goodman and Reginald Kell) Nicki Minaj Jenna Mourey aka Jenna Marbles  Julia Roberts (she also played oboe!) Amanda Seyfried Steven Spielberg Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And one more “celebrity” worth mentioning: Jeffrey Dahmer. Although he is more infamous than famous, I thought this is an interesting bit of trivia. Don’t forget…

  • The Clarinet Curse: Composers Who Died After Writing for the Clarinet

    If you’re thinking about composing a piece for clarinet, you might want to consider choosing another instrument. Here are some famous composers whose final pieces or last substantial works were written for clarinet. Don’t say I didn’t warn you… Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Perhaps the most famous piece in our repertoire, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 was written in October 1791. Mozart died two months later. Carl Nielsen – Nielsen wanted to compose a concerto for every wind instrument, so he started with flute then created his devilishly difficult clarinet concerto in 1928…and that was as far as he got before his death in 1931. Francis Poulenc –…