Benjamin Fingland

Clarinet
American/British, 1975-

With performances capturing “spiritedness and humor”, “unflagging precision and energy” (The New York Times) and playing described as “something magical” (The Boston Globe), “compellingly musical” (The New York Times) and “thoroughly lyrical…expert” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Benjamin Fingland interprets a diverse range of clarinet literature. A proponent of the music of our time, he works closely with many living composers, and in addition to being a founding member of counter)induction, plays with many of the leading contemporary performance ensembles on the East Coast – including the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Philadelphia-based Network for New Music, the New York New Music Ensemble, Continuum, Ensemble 21, The Locrian Chamber Players, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the American Modern Ensemble and Sequitur. As a recitalist, he has traveled worldwide – performing in Europe, South America, Thailand, Russia, the Ukraine, Canada, and Japan. He has also collaborated, recorded, and toured with a wide variety of other artists – ranging in scope from Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Sir Elton John. Mr. Fingland has held principal clarinet positions with the Prometheus Chamber orchestra and the New Haven Symphony, and is the co-founder of Piaclava – a touring piano, clarinet and viola trio dedicated to educational outreach. He has Bachelor and Master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, and is on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City.

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