The Interlochen Collection: David Shifrin

Dec 27, 2020

Clarinetist David Shifrin
Credit Yuki Tei

The life and music of clarinetist David Shifrin is the focus of this week's episode.

David Shifrin spent four summers at the National Music Camp and two years at Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating in 1967. 

He won the Academy's concerto competition his junior and senior years of high school, as well as during the summer he spent in the University camp division. 

Shifrin has since gone on to a distinguished career that focuses on education and chamber music.

He has served on the faculty of Yale University since 1987 and has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others. 

Episode details

David Shifrin (far right) and Interlochen Arts Academy classmates during the 1966-67 academy year
Credit Interlochen Center for the Arts

Claude Debussy, Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra; Thor Johnson/Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, feat. David Shifrin (Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis; March 1967)

Carl Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto; Nicholas Harsanyi, University Orchestra, feat. David Shifrin (August 1967)

Ludwig van Beethoven, Septet; members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Delos, 1996)

Valerie Coleman, Shotgun Houses; Harlem String Quartet and David Shifrin (Delos, 2019)

The archival recordings on this program are available thanks in part to the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation grant, support from IPR listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

Michael Culler provided audio engineering assistance.