Considered one of the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation, Joaquin Valdepeñas was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1980 upon graduation from Yale University. He has performed at many of the world's international festivals including Marlboro, Peong Chang in Korea, Casals, Curitiba in Brazil, and at The Banff Centre, and also collaborated with the American, Calder, Emerson, Muir, Orion, St. Lawrence, Takács, Ying, and Zemlinsky string quartets, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He made his European début with the BBC Welsh Symphony under Sir Andrew Davis and has recorded the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Valdepenãs is a founding member of the Amici Chamber Ensemble, He is a prolific recording artist with over three dozen recordings and as such has received 2 JUNO Awards and three GRAMMY® nominations.
Joaquin Valdepeñas was recently appointed Resident Conductor of The Royal Conservatory Orchestra at The Glenn Gould School. He is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival where he has been a member of the faculty since 1984 and is a faculty member of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory and the University of Toronto. As a Yamaha artist, he was instrumental in the design of the CSG clarinet, blending the German and French traditions into one voice.
Current as of April 2018
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