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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