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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000614.txt from 2000/09

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] New York Phil Clarinets
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 22:02:51 -0400

--- Blake Arrington <> wrote:

> As I type this I am listening/watching a performance of the New York Phil.
> on PBS. I am wondering who their principal clarinetist is?

Oh boy, are you going to get some remarks for this one...:-) But just to
answer your question before the silliness begins, his name is Stanley Drucker.
He has been with the New York Phil for 52 years and has soloed with them ap-
proximately 150 times since he joined at the age of 19. Drucker began clar-
inet studies at age ten with Leon Russianoff, his principal teacher, and
later attended the High School of Music and Art and the Curtis Institute
of Music. He was appointed Principal Clarinetist of the Indianapolis Sym-
phony Orchestra at age 16, the Adolf Busch Chamber Players at age 17, and
the Buffalo Philharmonic at age 18. He has the distinction of being one
of the few living orchestral musicians whose biography appears in the
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

-- Neil

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