Associate Professor: Clarinet
Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today's most exceptional artists and has performed in recital and with distinguished orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. He won First Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in 2001 and a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. As a soloist he has appeared with the Belgrade Philharmonic, Czech, Israel, Vienna and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, Danish National Radio Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra, KBS Orchestra of South Korea, Jerusalem Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's at Lincoln Center, and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has performed in recital on the "Music at the Supreme Court" Series, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Celebrity Series in Boston, Kennedy Center, the Louvre in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Tel Aviv Museum and NYC's 92d Street Y. A dedicated performer of chamber music, Mr. Fiterstein frequently collaborates with distinguished artists and ensembles and regularly performs with the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Among the highly regarded artists he has performed with are Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman and Steven Isserlis. During the 2015-16 season he performed as a soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on a tour to Asia with concerts in Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia and with the Kansas City Symphony and conductor Michael Stern. He also collaborated with the Shanghai and Dover Quartets and appeared at the Music @ Menlo and Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Fiterstein has a prolific recording career and has worked with composers John Corigliano and Osvaldo Golijov and had pieces written for him by Samuel Adler, Mason Bates, Paul Schoenfield, and Chris Brubeck among others. His most recent recording released by Naxos in 2013 is a performance of Sean Hickey's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony. Mr. Fiterstein was born in Belarus and immigrated to Israel at age of two with his family. He graduated from the Juilliard School and is the clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Fiterstein is a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren Performing Artist.