Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003 and made his solo debut with the orchestra in 2004 under Charles Dutoit. He previously served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. During his tenure with the Met Orchestra, he soloed under the baton of James Levine at Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He has also been a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and the Flemish Radio Symphony. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, with the Berlin Philharmonic. An active chamber musician, he has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival, and with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label, and his recent recordings include performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and a Latin Grammy-nominated release with the Pacifica Quartet. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He currently serves on the faculty of Temple University. Ricardo is a Backun Artist and performs on MoBa and Model F Clarinets, which he co-designs.