Guy Yehuda, clarinet

Clarinetist Guy Yehuda is recognized as an outstanding talent on the international concert stage around the world today. He is the top prizewinner of the 2003 Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition, the 2004 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, and the 2004 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (as member of Trio di Colore.) Since his North American Concerto debut with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and conductor Peter Oundjian, Mr. Yehuda has toured extensively in Europe, North America, and Israel. As principal clarinetist, Mr. Yehuda has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, Lucerne Contemporary Festival Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, among others as well as guest clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Yehuda performed on tours of Europe and the U.S. under the batons of top conductors including Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Yuri Temirkanov, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Andrew Davis, Kurt Sanderling, Roberto Abbado, Cliff Colnot, Fabio Mechetti, Peter Oundjian, and Daniel Barenboim. He performed and collaborated with the world’s top composers and performers such as Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, George Benjamin, Menahem Pressler from the Beaux-Arts Trio, and the Cypress String Quartet to name a few. Recently Mr. Yehuda premiered a new clarinet concerto written for him by the renowned Israeli composer Haim Permont, with the acclaimed Tel-Aviv Soloist Orchestra in a 2009-10 concert tour to raving reviews. A highly demanded musician, he has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Spoleto Festival (USA), Verbier Festival and Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Parry Sound Festival, Domain Forget Festival (Canada), Fountain Arts concert series, and at the Israeli Chamber Music Festivals of Kfar Blum and Haifa.

Mr. Yehuda is a sought after recitalist throughout North America and Europe. He has performed as soloist in prestigious halls and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Domain Forget, (Canada), Chicago Symphony Hall, Palacio Fuz and Casa di Musica in Portugal, Mann auditorium in Tel Aviv, and Dame Myra Hess Chamber Series to name a few. He is a particularly active chamber musician and tours extensively withthe award winning chamber music group: Trio di Colore (with Yuval Gotlibovich-Viola and Jimmy Briere-Piano) of which he is the founding member. Mr. Yehuda has appeared numerous times as a guest artist on CBC Canadian Radio, Radio-Canada, NPR, WFMT Chicago, KUHF Houston, DRS Swiss Radio, Portugal National Radio, and Israel’s Classical radio station, as well as TV appearances on Israel’s Channel 2 and Chicago’s Channel 25. Mr. Yehuda has recorded with Hal Leonard productions, IU New Music Ensemble, and number of live recordings for the CBC. A new CD recording by Mr. Yehuda for solo and trio music by French composer Jean Francaix, was released on the XII-21 Canadian Label in 2009 as well as a new CD recording with Albany records in the same year.

Professor Yehuda has given master classes throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Israel. He is a Selmer-Paris artist and an active clinician in the U.S. and abroad and has been frequently invited to judge on national and international competitions, as well as frequent soloist at the ICA ClarinetFest conferences in the U.S. and abroad and the Oklahoma clarinet symposium. Mr. Yehuda is the artistic director of the Florida Clarinet Extravaganza – an annual clarinet festival – and over the summer months he is the Artist–Teacher resident at the acclaimed Orford festival in Quebec, Canada. Currently he serves on the faculty at the University of North Florida as Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music. As an accomplished conductor, Mr. Yehuda served as Conductor-in-Residence of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto, working with maestros George Cleve, Leon Fleischer, and Gary Kulesha. During his studies at Indiana University, Mr. Yehuda worked with conductors David Effron and Imre Palo. Mr. Yehuda is also a published composer and winner of the prestigious Israeli Sharet composition award, having worked individually with Pierre Boulez, P.Q. Phan, Alexander Rappoport, Yinaam Leef, and Haim Permont.

Mr. Yehuda studied with distinguished clarinetists James Campbell, Eli Eban, Avrahm Galper, Charles Neidich, Larry Combs, Howard Klug, Alfred Prinz, and Yitzhak Katzap. He received his Doctorate and Master’s Degrees from Indiana University Jacob School of Music, as well as a Performer Certificate, the highest honor given to a performerat this venerable institution. Prior to that Mr. Yehuda received his Artist Diploma and Bachelor’s degree from the Glenn Gould Professional Music School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.