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Ricardo Morales

Ricardo MoralesA native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ricardo Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma. Ricardo Morales is the principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to this, he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21. He began his professional career as principal clarinet of the Florida Symphony at age 18. In addition, he has performed as guest principal clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He has also participated as principal clarinet of the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Matsumoto, under maestro Seiji Ozawa. He has been a featured soloist with many orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival etc. He has performed with many distinguished ensembles such as The Juilliard Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet and The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has also collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, André Watts, Emmanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Kathleen Battle. In addition, he currently serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. His debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label. Morales' recent recordings include performances with The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and also with the Pacifica Quartet, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award. Mr. Morales has joined forces with internationally recognized master acoustician and instrument maker Morrie Backun, of Backun Musical Services, to create MoBa, a line of artist clarinets and clarinet accessories.

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