Instrumentalist - Clarinet

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein has been praised by the critic of the New York Times for possessing a “beautiful liquid clarity,” and by the critic of the Washington Post, who wrote, “Fiterstein treats his instrument as his own personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness.” In the summer of 2019, Mr. Fiterstein plays the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Clarinet Quintet with the Ariel String Quartet at the Manchester Music Festival in Virginia, and appears at the Marlboro Music Festival and Portland Chamber Music Festival. Among his engagements in the 2019-20 season are Brahms’ Sonata in F minor and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and appearances at the Moab Music Festival in Utah.

In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Fiterstein peformed Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Russian String Orchestra. His concert tours included music for clarinet, cello and piano with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, Kevin Puts’ Living Frescoes for clarinet, violin, cello and piano with Music from Copland House, and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with the Muir String Quartet. In the 2017-18 season, he performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Laguna Chamber Music Society, and the Banff International String Quartet Festival, and was an inaugural guest artist and teacher with the Classical Bridge Music Festival in New York City.

As a soloist, Mr. Fiterstein has appeared with Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, Korea, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Vienna Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Marc-André Hamelin, Pinchas Zukerman and Steven Isserlis; and the Amernet, Dover, Jerusalem, Mendelssohn, Muir, Pacifica, Shanghai and Vogler String Quartets.

Mr. Fiterstein founded The Zimro Project, an ensemble dedicated to incorporating Jewish art music into chamber music programs. He has worked with John Corigliano and Osvaldo Golijov, and has had pieces written for him by Samuel Adler, Mason Bates, and David Maslanka, among others. He performed the U.S. premieres of Henrik Strindberg’s Clarinet Concerto “Minne,” Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows, and Paul Schoenfield’s clarinet trio, which he recorded for Naxos. Mr. Fiterstein’s recordings include albums of clarinet music by Ronn Yedidia (Naxos) and Sean Hickey (Delos), and Weber’s Clarinet Concertos with San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Martin West (Bridge Records).

A recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Fiterstein is also a first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, and the “Aviv” competitions in Israel. He has received numerous awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award (Tokyo).


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