J. Lawrie Bloom

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Chicago Sym­phony Orchestra

A ver­sa­tile player, J. Lawrie Bloom has been heard in cham­ber, orches­tral and con­certo appear­ances on soprano clar­inet, bas­set clar­inet and bass clar­inet. He began study­ing piano at four and switched to the clar­inet at nine. He con­tin­ued stud­ies at the Colum­bus Boy­choir School, with whom he toured the U.S., Canada and Japan, singing and play­ing the clar­inet. At that same time on clar­inet he came under the guid­ance  of Roger W. McK­in­ney, later study­ing with Anthony M. Gigliotti.

Lawrie has per­formed at the Ambler, Grand Teton, Ravinia, Skaneate­les and  Spo­leto fes­ti­vals, and the Mostly Mozart Fes­ti­val in New York. Lawrie toured with the Orpheus Cham­ber Orches­tra, and has col­lab­o­rated with the Chester, Chicago Sym­phony, and Mendelssohn String Quar­tets, the Chicago Cham­ber Musi­cians, and mem­bers of the Ridge, Orion and Ver­meer string quar­tets. He has been heard many times in live con­certs over the air­waves of WFMT in Chicago, and in live recital for the Aus­tralian Broad­cast Com­pany. He con­tin­ues as clar­inetist and Artis­tic Co-Director at the Chesa­peake Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val, and and as Co-Director of the Chesa­peake Cham­ber Music Competition.

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