Appointed to the NSO's clarinet section by Leonard Slatkin in 1999, Paul Cigan has enjoyed a career as orchestral clarinetist, chamber musician, teacher and concerto soloist. In addition to his performances with the NSO, Mr. Cigan can frequently be heard with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, 21st Century Consort, and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra as well as on a number of recordings by those ensembles on Dorian, Bridge, and Naxos labels.
An active teacher in the Washington, DC area, Mr. Cigan is currently on the faculties of the University of Maryland and The Catholic University of America. Mr. Cigan is also active in the NSO's education department instructing members of the Youth Fellowship Program and the Summer Music Institute.
Other activities include performing at the Grand Teton Music Festival and returning to the National Orchestral Institute at The University of Maryland as coach and teacher. Mr. Cigan was a student of Anthony Gigliotti, former principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and a graduate of Temple University.