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 Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland
Author: seabreeze 2017
Date:   2017-07-14 08:53

According to Alcides Rodriguez's Facebook page (July 11), Afendi Yusuf is the new principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Yusuf was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Canadian Opera Orchestra, and he studied at the Colburn School with Yehuda Gilad. Is this correct? Anybody know more?



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 Re: Alfendi Yusef--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland
Author: maxopf 
Date:   2017-07-14 10:32

I got to know Afendi a little bit this past year, since USC shares a studio with Colburn. He's an awesome musician and clarinetist, congrats to him!

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: Cappuccino 
Date:   2017-07-15 19:58

He was at Colburn when I was in 2014. That information is correct.

Alexander May

Former student of Yehuda Gilad, currently studying with David Blumberg.

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2017-07-16 18:26

Alfendi was recently playing in the Marlboro Festival

This years players there:

Narek Arutyunian
Charles Neidich
Olivier Patey
Afendi Yusuf

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: elmo lewis 
Date:   2017-08-11 05:58

It's official.
<www.cleveland.com/musicdance/index.ssf/2017/08/cleveland_orchestra_announces_30.html#incart_river_home_pop>

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: seabreeze 2017
Date:   2017-08-11 07:00

He'll be in the "Robert Marcellus Principal Clarinet Endowed Chair" in Cleveland
Still under 30, he will have plenty of time to grow in the orchestra and take his place in the lineage of Marcellus, Schifrin, and Cohen. I'm looking forward to hearing him.

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: clarinetwoman 
Date:   2017-08-11 21:40

does he need tenure or they already gave him tenure?

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: D Dow 
Date:   2017-08-11 21:42

CONGRATS..but i give him bout a year! The turnover in Cleveland has been quite high for about ten years. I think these are all very relative..i am quite sure he plays quite nice..etc. al..but the long term picture changes for orchestral players over long term..Marcellus did about 18 years...that is average.

David Dow

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: seabreeze 2017
Date:   2017-08-11 22:53

Marcellus quit for health reasons, diabetes, didn't he? And Frank Cohen remained for nearly 40 years (starting in 1976). So why do you project just a year for Yusuf?

By the way, Yusuf has set up a SoundCloud page but has nothing playing on it yet. https://www.soundcloud.com/afendi-yusuf.



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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: D Dow 
Date:   2017-08-12 02:32

Have watched the way things have gone on in Cleveland..they made appointments..etc al. The business has very little to do with how you play..more about what management thinks and the image they project. It is all really sad...it is now just a business.

David Dow

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: J. J. 
Date:   2017-08-12 02:43

Wow, way to undercut an achievement!

He'll last.

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland?
Author: RBlack 
Date:   2017-08-12 07:56

I believe I recall reading that he has studied with Joaquin Valdepenas. A very respected name in the Canadian clarinet world, not sure how well known he is in other places.

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 Re: Afendi Yusuf--New Principal Clarinet in Cleveland
Author: smokindok 
Date:   2017-08-12 09:49

I agree with J.J.; he will last. Over the past couple years, while looking to fill the position, Cleveland made interim appointments, that really had little chance of becoming long term. Afendi Yusuf is not just another interim appointment. Looking forward to him being a long term fixture with the orchestra.

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