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Appointed principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1994, Richie Hawley left that position in 2011 to become the Professor of Clarinet at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Mr. Hawley appears on stages around the world regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. During the summer months he is in residence as the clarinet teaching and performing artist for 8 weeks at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, one of the premiere summer festivals for exceptionally talented musicians.
Highlights of this year’s season include solo performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Mexico featuring Georgina Derbez’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra which was written for Mr. Hawley. Also on tap for this season is release of the debut duo album with Conor Hanick featuring the music of Higdon, Copland, Tower and Jalbert.
Mr. Hawley made his debut at the Marlboro Music Festival in 1999 and toured with the legendary Musicians from Marlboro for the 50th anniversary performance at Carnegie Hall. His numerous awards include first prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and the Presidential Scholar in the Arts Gold Medal awarded by President Ronald Regan. Mr. Hawley began his clarinet studies at age nine, made his orchestral solo debut at age 13 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and at 14 performed with the New York Philharmonic. While a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Hawley appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has been a member of the Music Academy faculty since 2005
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