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Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Overview

Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21, under the direction of James Levine. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also performs as principal clarinet with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, at the invitation of Seiji Ozawa.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma.

Mr. Morales has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Flemish Radio Symphony. During his tenure with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra he soloed under the baton of Mr. Levine in Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He made his solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004 with Charles Dutoit and has since performed as soloist on numerous occasions.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with Mr. Levine at the piano; at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival, and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival; on NBC’s The Today Show; and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with many distinguished ensembles, such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has also collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, André Watts, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham, and Kathleen Battle. Mr. Morales is highly sought after for his recitals and master classes, which have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In addition, he currently serves on the faculties of Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

"...fleet technique, utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer."

-The New York Times

Harold Robinson and Friends

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM

American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Program

Harold Robinson, double bass; Erica Peel, flute/piccolo; Richard Woodhams, oboe; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Juliette Kang, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Edgar Meyer, double bass

Schulhoff: Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Double Bass
Prokofiev: Quintet, Op. 39
Duos for two double basses TBA

Miro Quartet
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Miró Quartet w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4
Ginastera: Quartet No. 1, Op. 20
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

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Dalí­ Quartet w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Amaya: Angelica
Villa-Lobos: Quartet No. 1
PlazaFuga Criolla
Turina: La Oración del Torero, Op. 34
D’Rivera: Wapango
Juliá: Clarinet Quintet [North American Premiere]
D’RiveraPreludio y Merengue for Clarinet Quintet [Arr.]

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Susanna Phillips, soprano; Eric Owens, bass-baritone; Myra Huang, piano

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

With guest artists Ricardo Morales, clarinet and Jennifer Montone, horn

All-Schubert recital:

Auf dem Strom, D. 943
Die Männer sind méchant D.866 No. 3
Frí¼hlingsglaube, D. 686
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118
Du bist die Ruh, D. 776 
Bei dir allein, D. 866
Prometheus, D. 674
Fahrt zum Hades, D. 526
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D. 583
Viola, D. 786
Ganymed, D. 544
Der Wanderer, D. 493
Auf der Donau, D. 553
An die Musik, D. 547
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965

 

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Christine Anderson

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Daedalus Quartet w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Hindemith: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 30
Capanna: String Trio [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 w/ GroíŸe Fuge, Op. 133

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 1:45 PM with Robert Capanna.

Juilliard String Quartet
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Juilliard Quartet w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Bach: Contrapunctus I-IV from Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080
Webern: Five Movements, Op. 5
BergLyrische Suite
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

Ricardo Morales
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Ricardo Morales, clarinet and Natalie Zhu, piano

Date: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Stanford: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 129
Higdon: Clarinet Sonata
DebussyPremière rhapsodie
Weber: Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48

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Johannes Quartet w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 3:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34
Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Respighi: String Quartet in D Major

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Elizabeth Hainen, harp; Johannes Quartet; Jeffrey Khaner, flute; Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Currier: Night Time for Harp and Violin
Schafer: The Crown of Ariadne, Suite for Harp, Percussion, and Tape
Renié Pièce symphonique
Benzecry: Horizontes inexplorados [World Premiere]
Ravel: Introduction et Allegro

Ricardo Morales
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Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

Date: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Saint-Saí«ns: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 167
Bassi: Concert Fantasia for Clarinet and Piano, on themes from Verdi's Rigoletto
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114

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Juilliard Quartet w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 3:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Haydn: String Quartet in A Major, Op. 20, No. 6, Hob. III: 36
Bartók: String Quartet No. 5
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50, “In Memory of a Great Artist”

Ricardo Morales
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Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

Date: Monday, December 1, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

DebussyPremière rhapsodie
DunhillPhantasy Suite
Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata
Zemlinsky: Clarinet Trio in D Minor, Op. 3

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Juilliard Quartet w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 3:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor
Carter: String Quartet No. 2
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

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Jeffrey Khaner, flute; Richard Woodhams, oboe; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon; Jennifer Montone, horn; Kiyoko Takeuti, piano

Date: Monday, January 14, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

HindemithKleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2 
Fine: Partita for Wind Quintet
BarberSummer Music, Op. 31
Thuille: Sextet in B­-flat Major, Op. 6

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio w/ Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 3:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Brahms: Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114
Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8

Ricardo Morales
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Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

Date: Monday, February 12, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Muczynski: Time Pieces
Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Guastavino: Clarinet Sonata
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1

Ricardo Morales
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Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Soovin Kim, violin; Natalie Zhu, piano

Date: Monday, April 18, 2005 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bassi: Concert Fantasia for Clarinet and Piano, on themes from Verdi's Rigoletto
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
Milhaud: Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Op. 157b from Anouilh's Le voyageur sans bagages
BartókContrasts

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet; Jeffrey Khaner, flute; Richard Woodhams, oboe; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon; David Wetherill, horn

Date: Monday, March 1, 2004 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Chris Brubeck leads his quartet in a performance of standard jazz works and the Philadelphia Premiere of Vignettes for Nonet. Program announced from the stage.

The New York Times

“...fleet technique, utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Utterly natural musical grace and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer.”

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