Louis DeMartino | clarinet
A native of Staten Island, Louis DeMartino is the principal clarinetist of the Portland Opera, 2nd/Eb clarinetist of the Eugene Symphony, and the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO. He has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Vancouver (BC) Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Britt Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and Omaha Symphony. His recording credits include the Kansas City Symphony’s Miraculous Metamorphosis and The Planets, Pink Martini and the Von Trapps’ Dream a Little Dream, Charles Nichols’ Multiplication of Machines, and a recording of chamber works by David Crumb entitled Red Desert. He was a member of the New World Symphony for three seasons and he was a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for one season. In addition, he performed for one year as the 2nd clarinetist of Orchestra Iowa in Cedar Rapids. In the past, DeMartino was a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center, and he was also a member of the New Fromm Players, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at Tanglewood. Other festivals include Spoleto USA (Charleston) and the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria. He studied at the New England Conservatory with Craig Nordstrom where he received his Bachelor of Music in performance. He received his Master of Music from Rice University where he studied with Michael Webster. DeMartino also studied with Lawrie Bloom at Northwestern University. Last year, he traveled to Auckland, New Zealand where he performed as the guest principal clarinetist with the Auckland Philharmonia, and he was subsequently offered the full-time position as the principal clarinetist there. Louis currently resides in Portland, Oregon.