Alexander Fiterstein — Clarinet
The clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein appears to be capable of anything a composer could possibly ask,” writes Donald Rosenberg (Gramophone Magazine, 2012). Alexander Fiterstein is recognized for playing which combines flawless technique and consummate musicianship with graceful phrasing and a warm soulful tone. Considered one of today’s most exceptional clarinet players, he has performed in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world.
Recipient of a prestigious 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Fiterstein has been praised by the New York Times for possessing a “beautiful liquid clarity,” and the Washington Post wrote, “Fiterstein treats his instrument as his own personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness.”
Mr. Fiterstein is a first prize winner of the 2nd Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Denmark. He has performed as soloist with Orchestras such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. A founder of the chamber music group The Zimro Project, Fiterstein regularly performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and spent five summers at the Marlboro Music Festival. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he is currently the clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. You can learn more about Alex Fiterstein here.