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Appointed principal clarinet of the Dallas Symphony in 1999, Gregory Raden has also served as assistant principal of the National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, principal clarinet of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and principal clarinet of the Charleston Symphony. He has served as guest principal with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Bergen (NORWAY) Philharmonic.

He has been heard as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, National Symphony, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Raden has served as principal clarinet of the Grand Teton, Mainly Mozart, and the Bellingham Music Festivals. An active chamber musician, he has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Bancroft Family Concerts, Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, and Chamber Music at the Nasher, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Aspen, Waterloo, Evian (France) and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival.

San Diego Arts said of his performance of Weber’s Clarinet Quintet:

“I cannot think of enough good things to say about Raden. As he played, I was reminded of Mozart traveling out on all those trips of his when he would discover wonderful players and write home to his father about them…Raden is like that. A magician. He makes you wonder how it’s done-how any reed instrument can produce a sound of such beauty and lyricism.

Raden’s playing has been hailed by the Dallas Morning News as:

“Exquisitely phrased, his was playing of amazing half-lights and subtle shadings of pastels…”

“The greatest of all clarinet solos (Rachmaninoff Second Symphony) was spun out with heartrending eloquence by DSO principal Gregory Raden”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said: “Raden maintained a beautifully smooth, rounded tone throughout the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major (Mozart). He made this highly engaging little gem…even more appealing than usual.”

The Washington Post said: “Gregory Raden piped sweetly, raptly and with exquisite nuance”

He has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and on recordings with the Dallas Symphony on the Delos and Hyperion labels.

Raden has been a regular teacher at the National Orchestral Institute, and has given master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Baylor University, University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Maryland. He has been on the faculty of George Washington University and the College of Charleston and maintains a private studio in the Dallas area.

A native of White Plains, NY, Raden began his early studies at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division with David Weber and then went on to the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Donald Montanaro where he graduated in 1994. Mr. Raden is an artist/clinician for Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren products.

Gregory Raden performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.

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