Clarinetist Ran Kampel was born in December 1987 in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He is the Principal Clarinet player of the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida and has performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony and the Colorado College Music Festival Orchestra. He has been featured on radio and TV stations across the world such as; NDR in Germany, "Kol Ha'musica" in Israel, the Aspen Public Radio (KAJX), WGBH in Boston, Blue Lake Public Radio and WGVU in West Michigan and KUSC in Los Angeles.
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 has performed at Yellow Barn, Krzyżowa-Music, Norflok and Sarasota chamber music festivals, at the President of the University of Rochester, the Israeli Ministry of Education, the Israeli Consulate in LA and in the Residence of the President of Israel. Ran's chamber groups have performed at the Eastman Virtuosi Series, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, at WinterMezzo concert series of Festival Mozaic, in Festival del Sole Napa Valley and as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Celebration in Miami. He is also the co-artistic director of Sunset Chamberfest in LA.
Prior to joining the Jacksonville Symphony, Ran was a clarinet fellow at the New World Symphony with whom he performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and in the Casals Festival (Puerto Rico). Previously, he served as the Interim Principal Clarinet player of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and held clarinet positions with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and New West Symphony. He performed as guest principal clarinetist with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra (touring to the Young Euro Classic and to the Salzburger Festspiele in 2012), the Britten–Pears Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony and Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra.
A true believer in bringing classical music to new audiences in interactive manner, Ran produced a few groundbreaking concerts which goal is to change the way classical music is currently perceived. His Inside the Music concerts at the New World Center gave the audience an opportunity to have a closer look into uncovered territories such as the rehearsing process of a chamber group, how we reach our artistic decisions, how do we produce sounds on our musical instruments and how the performers determine which seating arrangements to use on stage and how it effects the sonority and visual experience for the audience. These concerts are available for streaming online via MUSAIC - New World Symphony.
Ran took part in several groundbreaking projects which goal is to change the way classical music is currently perceived. Some of these latest innovating projects include Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership, online master classes with Prof. Kenneth Grant titled Speed Lessons (available for purchase on iTunesU) and a live performance at the TEDxHouston event in November 2012.
An advocate of community engagements, Ran leads his chamber groups to perform and interact with a variety of audiences outside the concert halls. He designed and led many interactive performances engagements throughout the community of Rochester, NY through the Eastman School of Music’s “Music for All” program. While living in LA, Ran was closely involved with the Thornton Outreach Program and served as a Teaching Artist at high-risk low- income public schools in downtown LA, teaching both clarinet and recorder classes. In 2013, Ran held the clarinet fellow position at the Orchestra Institute Napa Valley and served as a Teaching Artist at the Salvador Elementary School and the Napa Valley Language Academy.
A clarinet pedagogue in high demand, Ran lead master-classes 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 his Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from USC Thornton School of Music with the Winds & Percussion Department Award. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction, Performer's Certificate and the Arts Leadership Program Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Ran was a recipient of scholarships from the American-Israel Culture Foundation, the Nadia Sternberg Foundation, the Howard Hanson Scholarship & Peter Hadcock clarinet Scholarship, Melbern G. Glasscock Prize & Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Traveling Fellowship in Music (Rice University Shepherd School of Music), and of grants from the Eastman School's Professional Development Committee. His primary teachers were Yehuda Gilad, Jon Manasse, Andrew Brown and Eva Wasserman-Margolis.
During the summers Ran has performed as a fellow in Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, Krzyżowa-Music, Aspen, Colorado College, Norfolk, Sarasota, Amalfi and Aurora music festivals. He has performed in many master classes, including with Yehuda Gilad, Sabine Meyer, Charles Neidich, Philippe Cupper, Andrew Marriner, Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Guy Deplus, Frank Cohen, Carey Bell, Dan Gilbert and Eddie Daniels.
Ran is a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon instruments.
(Last update: December 2017)
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