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MICHAEL NORSWORTHY’s virtuosity and unique voice on the clarinet have made him a sought after soloist and chamber music collaborator and garnered him praise from critics and audiences around the globe. His performances have taken him to distinguished concert venues including Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Philharmonie Hall, New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theatre, Boston’s Jordan and Symphony Halls, St. Louis’ Sheldon Concert Hall, Festival Casals de Puerto Rico and the Aspen Music Festival.
Mr. Norsworthy is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire. A veritable chameleon, he regularly defies categorization and has captivated critics and audiences worldwide with performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. He has collaborated with a who's who of contemporary composers from around the globe including Pierre Boulez, Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Chris Dench, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner Henze, Helmut Lachenmann and Magnus Lindberg among many others.
As soloist he has performed an extensive repertoire of concerti, ranging from Mozart to Ferneyhough with various orchestras across the United States. As a recitalist, he regularly performs with pianists Yoko Hagino, Michael Finnissy and David Gompper. Mr. Norsworthy has enjoyed chamber music collaborations with numerous world class musicians from major orchestras in Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna.
As an orchestral musician he has performed with leading groups including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Boston Philharmonic and Boston Ballet and is currently principal clarinet with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. As a member of the Star Wars Symphony Orchestra, he has performed for combined audiences of over 730,000 people in the USA, Canada and Mexico with the touring production “Star Wars In Concert”.
Norsworthy is interested in breaking down barriers that exist between classical music and popular and jazz as well as collaborating with artists working in other mediums. He has shared the stage with such popular and jazz icons as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover and Bela Fleck.
Michael Norsworthy is a Selmer Paris Artist and Artistic Advisor as well as an artist/clinician for Vandoren SAS. Currently Norsworthy is Professor of Clarinet, Woodwind Department Chair and Director of the Contemporary Music Performance program at The Boston Conservatory. He is in high demand at schools of music around the world and has presented masterclasses and clinics at places such as the Juilliard School, Michigan State University, University of North Texas, Colombia University, Harvard University and the University of Iowa.
Mr. Norsworthy holds advanced degrees from New England Conservatory and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and has attended Michigan State University. His teachers include Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Eric Mandat, Kalmen Opperman and Richard Stoltzman. He is the recipient of many awards and distinctions, among them: The John Cage Award, Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award and Southern Illinois University’s Chancellor’s Research and Creativity Award, grants from the Yvar Mikahashoff Trust for New Music, St. Louis Artist Presentation Society and St. Botolph Club Foundation and a fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival.
He has written scholarly works for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and articles for the quarterly journal The Clarinet. His current discography numbers over 45 releases to date. Upcoming albums include an American recital CD with pianist David Gompper and a CD of works for clarinet and string quartet.
Mr. Norsworthy currently resides in Boston.  For more information, visit ‪

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