Israeli born clarinetist Ran Kampel is the Principal Clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony. Prior to his appointment in Jacksonville, he was the Interim Principal Clarinet of the Grand Rapids Symphony and a fellow with the New World Symphony. During his time at New World Symphony, he won the concerto competition and performed the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra on subscription concerts. During the summers, Ran has performed at Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, Krzyżowa-Music, Lakes Area, Aspen, Norfolk, Sarasota, Britten–Pears and Breckenridge music festivals.
A believer in bringing classical music to new audiences in an interactive manner, Ran produced a few innovative concerts with the goal of changing the way classical music is experienced. His "Inside the Music" concerts at the New World Center gave the audience an opportunity to have a closer look into uncovered territories: the rehearsal process of a chamber group, how artistic decisions are reached, how our instruments produce sound, and how seating arrangements on stage can affect the aural and visual experience for the audience. He utilized technological and visual devices to stimulate the audience and make the music use all of their sensory receptors. These concerts are available for streaming online for free via MUSAIC - New World Symphony.
A versatile chamber musician, Ran has collaborated with leading musicians such as Gilbert Kalish, Martin Chalifour, Roger Tapping, Lucy Shelton, Erik Schumann, Richard Killmer, Frank Morelli, William Purvis, Kenneth Grant, and Scott Yoo. He performed at the Residence of the President of Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Education, and the Israeli Consulate in LA . Ran's chamber groups have performed at the Eastman Virtuosi Series, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, at the WinterMezzo concert series of Festival Mozaic, in Festival del Sole Napa Valley, Sunset ChamberFest, and as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Celebration in Miami.
A teacher in high demand, Ran has lead masterclasses around the world, including at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Academia Filarmónica de Medellín (AFMED) in Colombia and Givatyim Music Conservatory in Israel.
Ran received degree with high honors from USC Thornton School of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers were Yehuda Gilad, Jon Manasse, Andrew Brown and Eva Wasserman-Margolis. Ran is a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon instruments. Outside the concert hall, he enjoys cooking, skiing, hiking, playing tennis and soccer.
(Last update: November 2018)