Edward Cabarga joined the National Symphony Orchestra as clarinetist and bass clarinet soloist in May of 2000. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the Utah Symphony Orchestra for 12 seasons. He has also played with the Chicago Symphony and The Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. In addition to his duties at the Kennedy Center, Mr. Cabarga has appeared with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the 21st Century Consort, and has performed at the White House, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. While in Utah, he performed with Utah Opera, Ballet West and the Nova chamber music series. Mr. Cabarga has recorded with the National Symphony, the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and can be heard on numerous soundtracks for motion pictures and television. His orchestral experience includes two seasons as principal clarinet with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, one summer as principal clarinet with The National Repertory Orchestra and two summers at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Cabarga holds a master's degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Robert Marcellus and Larry Combs. In his hometown of San Francisco, Mr. Cabarga studied with Donald Carroll and earned his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University, graduating summa cum laude.