Charles Neidich / clarinet
"A master of his instrument” The New Yorker
Charles Neidich has been described as one of the most mesmerizing musicians performing before the public today. He regularly appears as soloist and as collaborator in chamber music programs with leading ensembles and orchestras including the Saint Louis Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony and Royal Philharmonic. Neidich has performed throughout the world, and is a sought after participant at many summer festivals such as the Marlboro and Sarasota festivals in the USA, BBC Proms in England, Kuhmo in Finland, and Apeldoorn Festival in Holland. Known as a leading exponent of period instrument performance practice – he is the founder of the renowned period instrument wind ensemble, Mozzafiato – Charles Neidich was one of the first soloists to improvise cadenzas and ornament classical concertos. He has performed his restoration of the Mozart Concerto throughout the world both on modern and period instruments and has been influential in restoring original versions of works and bringing them before the public. An active educator, Charles Neidich is on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Queens College of the City University of New York, the Manhattan School, and the Mannes College of Music, and in recent years, he has turned his attention to conducting.