Alexander Fiterstein



Biography

Alexander Fiterstein is one of the world’s exceptional young clarinet players. A first-prize winner of the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (YCA), he appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Kammerphilharmonie, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the China National Symphony Orchestra.

In recital, Mr. Fiterstein has appeared on the “Music at the Supreme Court” Series, at the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, the 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. Mr. Fiterstein was a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society II of Lincoln Center (2004-2006). He participated in the Marlboro Music Festival for four summers and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. He also appeared at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival in Germany and at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. He has performed chamber music with Daniel Barenboim, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Elena Bashkirova and the American, Borromeo, Daedalus, Fine Arts, Jerusalem, and Mendelssohn String Quartets. He also appeared with Ensemble Wien-Berlin. During the 05-06 season he performed at the Louvre in Paris, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Vancouver Recital Society, 92nd Street Y and Lincoln Center. Highlights of the 06-07 season include performances with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Miami Symphony, and with the Daedalus and Muir Quartets. He will also tour the US with Musicians from Marlboro.

Alexander Fiterstein has worked with composers such as John Corigliano and Osvaldo Golijov. He has had pieces written for him by Samuel Adler and Mason Bates, among others. He performed the American premier of Henrik Strindberg’s Clarinet Concerto “Minne” and recently appeared at the American premier of “Pulse Shadows” by Harrison Birtwistle. This past season he premiered a new clarinet trio by Paul Schoenfield.

Fiterstein was 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. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Juilliard School. He is a recipient of the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award in Tokyo, and a first prize winner of the “Aviv” competitions in Israel. He has received awards from the America-Israel cultural foundation since 1991. His teachers include Charles Neidich and Eli Heifetz.

Fiterstein is currently on the faculty of Kean University in New Jersey.

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