Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Musical Chairs? Ricardo Morales and the New York Philharmonic

Speculation about Ricardo Morales becoming principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic has been in the air at least since he turned down the Chicago Symphony position last year.  Now, he has officially been offered the position (according to this NY Times blog post) and it remains to be seen whether Morales will accept this offer to succeed Stanley Drucker as principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic. 

Philadelphia would certainly be sorry to lose him -- this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer makes that clear, and also raises questions about the orchestral audition process in general.  And as always, the discussion at the Clarinet BBoard is ongoing, including a claim that Morales has already accepted the position, and another that he will actually be joining the Miami Heat instead.  :) 

We'll keep watching the BBoard and the Clarinet Jobs Facebook group for further developments.  In the meantime, check out this interview to learn more about Morales, his family, and the evolution of his musical career.


Rusty Bella said...

How would that be, to be such an amazing player that everybody fights over you. It definately doesn't happen to many.

Orly Taitz said...

But his birff cerifikit says he is not an amuurikin cithisin... ok ok ok ... how is he get so many job in united states?

Steve said...

In response to Orly, there is no requirement to have an american citizen in major u.s. orchestras. Also, I don't care if Ricardo is from the moon, he's in demand for his artistry, not the country of his citizenship. think outside the border and open your mind.

Anonymous said...

Ricardo Morales, classical clarinet player is from Puerto Rico, so he is an american citizen.
He is one of the best clarinet player in the world.