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 Michael Norsworthy

Michael Norsworthy

Michael NORSWORTHY has been hailed as “a dramatic performer… with beautiful tonal nuances” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), and "one of the world's best clarinetists" (Michael Finnissy, composer), and is acclaimed as both a soloist and sought-after chamber musician. A veritable chameleon, he regularly defies categorization and has captivated critics and audiences around the globe with performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. His performances have taken him to distinguished concert venues in Vienna, Moscow, New York City, Boston, St. Louis, Festival Casals de Puerto Rico and the Aspen Music Festival. He has given over 125 world premieres with leading contemporary music groups throughout the world and has collaborated with composers from around the globe including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Michael Finnissy, and Magnus Lindberg among many others. As soloist he has performed an extensive repertoire of concerti with orchestras throughout the U.S., and ensembles in the Americas and Europe. He is currently principal clarinet with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Norsworthy has shared the stage with such popular and jazz icons as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover and Bela Fleck and has performed for combined audiences of over 730,000 in the touring production “Star Wars In Concert”. His current discography can be found on Albany, Mode, Canteloupe, BMOP/sound, ECM, Nonesuch and other labels. Future projects include a CD of chamber music by composer Magnus Lindberg and clarinet music by Michael Finnissy with the composer. Michael Norsworthy is a Selmer Paris Artist and Artistic Advisor and an Artist/Clinician for Rico Reeds, with whom he has begun a series of educational videos that can be found on the Rico website. Norsworthy is Professor of Clarinet at The Boston Conservatory and is a resident of Boston. For more information, visit www.michaelnorsworthy.com
« I play the Privilège clarinets because of their sound, excellent tuning and flexibility. I am able to push the limits of expression and the sound holds in every register at any dynamic. These instruments project great power and allow even greater intimacy. Truly, the Privilège is all mine to be a part of the Selmer Paris family.»