Dr. Kenneth Long
Clarinetist Kenneth Long is currently associate professor of clarinet and woodwind coordinator at Georgia State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master of Music degree from Yale University where he was awarded the prestigious Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize for most outstanding woodwind performer, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio State University.
He enjoys a multifaceted performing career including orchestral, chamber music and solo engagements. He currently serves as clarinetist/bass clarinetist with the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and has performed with many of the Southeast's preeminent ensembles including the Atlanta, Sarasota and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. He is a founding member/principal clarinetist of the Atlanta Chamber Winds (heard on Albany Records), principal clarinetist of the contemporary chamber ensemble Bent Frequency, and has been a guest artist on numerous occasions with the Atlanta Chamber Players.
Dr. Long's appearances abroad have included solo and chamber music performances in Germany, Greece, China, Canada and Mexico. Recent conference and symposium highlights include solo performances at the San Francisco Festival of Contemporary Music, National Association of Composers/USA East-Coast Chapter Conference in New York City, Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, College Music Society National Conference in Portland, OR, and a solo recital at the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference in Atlanta. A recognized scholar on the music of Elliott Carter, he presented lecture-recitals on Carter's solo clarinet work Gra at the 2009 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest® in Porto, Portugal and at the 2009 College Music Society Southern Chapter Conference at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Long has performed several of Carter's works in the presence of the composer-most notably his Clarinet Concerto in New York City under the baton of Charles Neidich.
Prior to his arrival at Georgia State, Dr. Long was an active freelance clarinetist performing with several orchestras in the New York City area including the American, New Haven and Princeton Symphony Orchestras, among others. He has performed professionally at every major concert venue in NYC including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space. Live chamber performances have been heard on WNYC-New York and WABE-Atlanta. He has served as principal clarinetist with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra and the Ashlawn Highland Opera Orchestra, and was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen, Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra and Norfolk Music Festivals. Primary teachers include James Pyne, David Shifrin and Charles Neidich.
Upcoming recording releases include Rites of Passage featuring the solo clarinet music of the late Donald Erb and his protégés Paul Osterfield and Nickitas Demos on the MSR Classics label, and Odysseia featuring premiere recordings of chamber works by George Tsontakis, Christos Samaras, Theodore Antoniou and Demos on the Albany label.