Michael Norsworthy, clarinet
MICHAEL NORSWORTHY’s unique voice on the clarinet has made him a sought-after soloist and chamber music collaborator and garnered praise from critics and audiences around the globe for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. As one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire, he has premiered over 150 works in collaboration with a veritable who’s who of composers including Babbitt, Birtwistle, Carter, Dench, Ferneyhough, Finnissy, Gompper, Lachenmann, Lindberg, Murail, and Rihm among many others in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, The Casals Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. His discography can be found on the Albany, BMOP/sound, Cantaloupe, Cirrus Music, ECM, Gasparo, Mode, Navona, New World, and New Focus labels. He is principal clarinet with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Professor of Clarinet and Director of Contemporary Music Performance at the Boston Conservatory. He studied at Michigan State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and New England Conservatory and his teachers include Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Eric Mandat, Kalmen Opperman, and Richard Stoltzman. Norsworthy is an artistic advisor for Henri Selmer Paris and an artist clinician for Vandoren.
Photo credit: CLAUDIA HANSEN