Bio

One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award's inception in 1974, Mr. Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.


Mr. Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and Denver symphonies among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Shifrin has also received critical acclaim as a recitalist, appearing at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City as well as the the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. A sought after a chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.


An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004. He has toured extensively throughout the US with CMSLC and appeared in several national television broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center. He has also been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon since 1981.


David Shifrin joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987 and was appointed Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale's annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in September 2008.  He has also served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Hawaii. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary professorship at China's Central Conservatory in Beijing.


Mr. Shifrin's recordings on Delos, DGG, Angel/EMI, Arabesque, BMG, SONY, and CRI have consistently garnered praise and awards. He has received three Grammy nominations - for a collaborative recording with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center of the collected chamber music of Claude Debussy (Delos), the Copland Clarinet Concerto (Angel/EMI) and Ravel's Introduction and Allegro with Nancy Allen, Ransom Wilson, and the Tokyo String Quartet (Angel/EMI).


His recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, performed in its original version on a specially built basset clarinet, was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review. 


His latest recording, Shifrin Plays Schifrin (Aleph Records), is a collection of clarinet works by composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin. Both the recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto and a 2008 recording of Leonard Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott have been released on iTunes via Angel/EMI and Deutsche Grammophon.


Mr. Shifrin continues to broaden the repertoire for clarinet and orchestra by commissioning and championing the works of 20th and 21st century American composers including, among others, John Adams, Joan Tower, Stephen Albert, Bruce Adolphe, Ezra Laderman, Lalo Schifrin, David Schiff, John Corigliano, Bright Sheng and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.


In addition to the Avery Fisher Prize, David Shifrin is the recipient of a Solo Recitalists' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West. At the outset of his career, he won the top prize at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions. Mr. Shifrin resides in Connecticut with his wife and is the father of four children - Henry, Olivia, Sam and William.


David Shifrin plays on MoBa cocobolo wood clarinets by Backun. Backun Musical Services Website


David Shifrin is represented by CM Artists New York. Artist profile 

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Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Seiber: Serenade for 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns
Music for Viola and Gypsy Band
Bolcom: Afternoon Cakewalk
Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1
Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
Piazzolla: La muerte del Angel
Bliss: Madame Noy for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble, F. 160
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 12 in C minor, K 388 (384a)
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Milhaud: La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205
Ligeti: Bagatelles (6) for Wind Quintet
Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452
Schumann: Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132 (Fairy Tales)
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Weber: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34
Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Fauré: Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
Saint-Saëns: Tarantella for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 6
Milhaud: La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 12 in C minor, K 388 (384a)
Villa-Lobos: Choros no 2 para Flauta e Clarinete
Davidovsky: Septet for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major, FP 184
Martinu: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H 356
Hindemith: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes (5) for Clarinet and Piano
Ludwig: Haiku Catharsis
Jalbert: Trio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik for Wind Quintet, Op. 24 no 2
Strauss: Serenade for Winds in E flat major, Op. 7
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Debussy: Two pieces from Children's Corner arr. for clarinet and piano by David Schiff
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Parto, ma tu ben mio from La Clemenza di Tito
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 10 in B flat major, K 361 (370a) "Gran Partita"
Weber: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34
Weber: Variations (7) for Clarinet and Piano from "Silvana," J 128/Op 33
Weber: Grand Duo concertante for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, J 204/Op. 48
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 (The Shepherd on the Rock)
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Strauss: Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp, AV 147
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Mendelssohn: Concertpiece No. 1 in F minor for Clarinet, Basset Horn, and Piano, Op. 113
Stravinsky: "Berceuses du chat" for Voice and Three Clarinets
Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452
Kernis: "Perpetual Chaconne" for Clarinet and String Quartet
Liebermann: Four Seasons for Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet and Piano Quartet, Op.123, poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 12 in C minor, K 388 (384a)
Mendelssohn: Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 113
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Rogerson: Constellations
Bunch: Ralph's Old Records for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, and PIano
Schickele: Serenade for Three
Schickele: Clarinet Quintet "Spring Ahead"
Shulman: Rendezvous
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Copland: Sextet for String Quartet, Clarinet and Piano
Prokofiev: Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass in G minor, Op. 39
Milhaud: La cheminée du roi René, Op. 205
Ligeti: Bagatelles (6) for Wind Quintet
Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 12 in C minor, K 388 (384a)
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 12 in C minor, K 388 (384a)
Françaix: Quintet for Winds no 1
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn, Op. 100
Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat