David Shifrin

David Shifrin (born January 2, 1950) is an American classical clarinetist.


He has performed clarinet concertos with many major orchestras around the world.

He commissioned and premiered a concerto by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Stephen Albert with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the 91-92 season.

He premiered Ezra Laderman's Clarinet Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony in 1995.

He helped popularize the use of a basset clarinet to enable the playing of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Clarinet Quintet in their original form.



Three of his recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards:

His 1985 recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Clarinet Quintet, in which he performed on a custom-made basset clarinet, was named "Record of the Year" by Stereo Review Magazine.

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