Ricardo Morales

Clarinet

Ricardo Morales

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. He previously served as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. During his tenure with the Met Orchestra, he soloed 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, Columbus Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and the Flemish Radio Symphony. In addition, he was a featured soloist with the US Marine Band, with which he recorded Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at the invitation of 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, and the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival. 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, a Latin Grammy-nominated release with the Pacifica Quartet, and the Mozart Concerto with the Mito Chamber Orchestra (Japan). 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 and as visiting professor at the Shanghai Conservatory in China.