RICARDO MORALES, principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003, will join the New York Philharmonic as principal clarinet in September 2012, succeeding STANLEY DRUCKER, who held that post from 1960 to 2009. Morales has been a featured soloists with numerous orchestras including the Philadelphia, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Florida, Columbus, and Flemish Radio symphonies. Also an active chamber musician, he has performed with the MET Chamber Ensemble and James Levine, at the Santa Fe and Saratoga chamber music festivals, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, on Live from Lincoln Center, and on NBC’s The Today Show. Morales is a native of Puerto Rico, where he began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, all of them distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and at Indiana University, where he received his artist diploma.
Posted April 29, 2011