P.O. Box 172, Dudley MA, 01571

Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:38 years
Rate:$60 / hr

Personal Statement

One always tries to elicit the best from their students. Every approach is different, and one must be an insightful pschologist. Of course, there’s no susbstitute for hard work, critical listening, etc. but the passion for the music and the process have to be there if an individual is to grow and thrive. As teachers it’s our job to inspire our students, and that’s always a challenge. We both learn from one another, experience nothwithstanding.

Education / Training

Highly active professional clarinetist/teacher since 1971, Chester Brezniak earned his B.A.at Bard College and his M.M.at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Gino Cioffi, Attilio Poto, Charles Russo, and Harold Wright. Extensive chamber music experience includes performances with the Vermeer and Muir String Quartets; founding member of the Orpheus Woodwind Quintet, Ariel Chamber Ensemble, critically acclaimed Cambridge Chamber Players, Atlanta Virtuosi, Soli Espri, Trio Capriccio, and Blackstone Trio. Contemporary music concerts with Alea III under Theodore Antoniou, Gunther Schuller, and Michalis Economou (2007-08); Composers in Red Sneakers; Fromm Foundation Series (Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA). Former principal clarinet under Eleazar de Carvalho (Sao Paulo Symphony, Brazil); Bridgeport Symphony under Gustav Meier, (CT); utility clarinet with the Atlanta Symphony under Louis Lane; member of Atlanta Ballet Orchestra (1984-1989); principal clarinet with Green Mountain Opera, VT; (utility clarinet with Czech Radio Symphony, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA (1999). Presently principal clarinet with Hanover Chamber Orchestra, NH (2000-2009); Massachusetts Symphony (1995-2009). First Night Boston chamber music concerts (1990-2008); performances with New Hampshire Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Orchestra of Emmanuel Music. Solo appearances with Zamir Chorale under Joshua Jacobson (2006-2009). Clarinet instructor at UMass/Boston (1997-2009); adjunct music faculty Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Clark University; King Philip Regional High School (1995-2009); New School of Music, Cambridge, MA (1990-2009). Recording include Zemlinsky’s Trio in D Minor, Op. 3 (Northeastern Records); “Clarinet Now” (Centaur Records).

Chester Brezniak