David Blumberg
 | Philadelphia International Music Festival


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A D'Addario Woodwinds player since 1993.

David Blumberg has had quite an active, and diverse musical experience as a Performer, Instructor, and Reed Clinician.

He is Principal Clarinetist of the Seabrook Opera, and a 1st Clarinet Section Member of "WindWorks of Washington," a professional "National Band" featuring members of the big four D.C. service bands, members of the National Symphony, and special invitation-only guests from across the USA. He has performed as Principal Clarinetist with the Riverside Symphonia, the Harrisburg Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, and the Princeton Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Blumberg is also Clarinet Faculty of the Agaete International Clarinet Festival in Gran Canarios, Spain, teaching alongside the Dean of the Royal Conservatory Manchester, Nicholas Cox. In November 2014, he was invited to perform in a special concert with members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at a Music Festival in Shenzhen China, to a crowd of over 10,000 people. Mr. Blumberg was selected by Ricardo Morales to be the Clarinet Instructor for the Philadelphia International Music Festival, featuring Philadelphia Orchestra Members as its faculty. Mr. Blumberg teaches students both in his studio, and has students all over the world who study clarinet on Skype with him. His students range from young ages through Doctoral candidates. He has given masterclasses/lessons at many music conservatories in the USA as well as Europe. His students have won numerous competitions, including 1st runner-up of the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, 1st runner-up of the 2012 International Clarinet Association's Orchestral Audition Competition, 1st Prize Wind Category in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Interlochen Michigan Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Matinee Music Society Competition (Curtis Institute), and the U.S. Air Force Band competition. He taught the only wind finalist in the 1991 and 1992 Philadelphia Orchestra Student Soloist Competition. His students have been featured on WFLN-FM Philadelphia Classical Radio in the “Live from the Settlement School” broadcasts. He has taught numerous 1st chair Pennsylvania All-State Band clarinetists.

As a music producer, he produces the recordings of the Principal Clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Michele Zukovsky (including the John Williams Clarinet Concerto, with Williams directing the only recorded performance of that work), among other notable classical music artists from the US as well as Europe.

He has collaborated with Toronto Symphony Principal Clarinetist Avrahm Galper on the book “The Upbeat Baermann Scale Studies,” which is used by several major universities. David holds the distinction of being the youngest Clarinet teacher to ever have a student as a winner of the International Clarinet Association's Young Artist Competition (at 28 years old in 1992).

He studied with Anthony Gigliotti for 7 years (at Temple University where he got his Orchestral Performance degree), and was one of the two American clarinetists selected to participate in the 1988 Robert Marcellus Scotia Music Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He gave the Philadelphia premiere of the T.C. David Trio #1 for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano in 1985 with Asst. Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra Nancy Bean. He was the Principal Clarinetist for the 1987 Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestral Seminar. Mr. Blumberg studied chamber music under Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Murray Panitz, Bernard Garfield, Richard Woodhams, Anthony Gigliotti, and Smithsonian Chamber Player Lambert Orkis.

As an undergraduate student at Temple University, he was selected to perform in several Doctoral woodwind ensembles. David was a winner of the WFLN - FM Radio Concerto Competition, 1st Prize Grahm-Stahl Concerto Competition, the Delaware Council for the Arts Music Competition, the Lansdowne Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Tri-State Winner of the Omega Psi Phi Foundation Music Competition. At Temple University, he studied pedagogy under Alexander Fiorillo (one of Vladimir Horowitz’s only 5 students). Additional studies with Juilliard Faculty included Joe Allard, Charles Neidich, and David Shifrin. He has performed in masterclasses with Mitchell Lurie, Leon Russianoff, David Shifrin, Paul Meyer, and Joaquin Valdepenas.

Mr. Blumberg has been on the Roster as a Performing Artist for the D'Addario/Rico since 1993, performing on the Reserve Reeds exclusively, and aided in the development/testing of that reed.

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