Alexander Fiterstein is one of the world’s exceptional young clarinet players. Born in Belarus, at the age of two he immigrated with his family to Israel, where he later studied at the Israel Arts and Science Academy.
A first-prize winner of the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (YCA), he has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic and China National Symphony Orchestra, among others. In recital.
Mr. Fiterstein has appeared on the Music at the Supreme Court Series, at the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, 92nd Street Y, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Louvre in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Tel-Aviv Museum. Additional awards include the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award (Tokyo), and a first prize winner of the Aviv competitions in Israel. A member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center from 2004-2006, Mr. Fiterstein has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and toured the US with Musicians from Marlboro. Additional appearances include the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. He has performed chamber music with Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, and Emanuel Ax, among others, and with the American, Borromeo, Daedalus, Fine Arts, Jerusalem, and Mendelssohn String Quartets; he has also appeared with Ensemble Wien-Berlin. Fiterstein has worked with composers such as Corigliano and Golijov, and has had pieces written for him by Samuel Adler and Mason Bates, among others. He performed the American premiere of Henrik Strindberg’s Clarinet Concerto Minne, and recently premiered a new clarinet trio by Paul Schoenfield.
A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Charles Neidich and Eli Heifetz, Mr. Fiterstein has received awards from the America-Israel cultural foundation since 1991. Fiterstein is currently on the faculty of Kean University in New Jersey.
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