of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since February 1966, Dale Clevenger, has
had a versatile career in many musical genres, including chamber music,
jazz, commercial recordings, solo performances and solo recordings. His mentors
were two brass legends of the CSO, Arnold Jacobs and Adolph Herseth.
Before joining the CSO, Clevenger was a member of Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony
Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air directed by Alfred Wallenstein; he also
was principal horn of the Kansas City Philharmonic. He has appeared as soloist
with orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under
Daniel Barenboim. He has participated in many music festivals, including the
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Florida Music Festival in Sarasota, Affinis
Music Festival in Japan and Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham,
Washington. He participated in the Jerusalem International Chamber Music
Festival. In addition, he has worked as a brass coach with the European
Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, and he participated in several
International Horn Society Workshops. Recently, he was in Karlskrona, Sweden at
the BIBA Brass Week.
He has given
recitals and master classes worldwide: Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria,
Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico,
Canada and Israel.
Clevenger is the
featured soloist on several CSO recordings, including works by Martin,
Schumann, Britten and Mozart. He also played on the Grammy Award–winning
recording The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli with the brass ensembles of
the Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has recorded the horn
concertos by Joseph Haydn and Michael Haydn with the Franz Liszt Chamber
Orchestra of Budapest as well as Mozart’s four horn concertos. The Mozart
recording was named Record of the Year in Hungary, and both recordings were
nominated for Grammy® Awards. Clevenger also performed with Barenboim and
colleagues from the CSO and Berlin Philharmonic in Chicago and Berlin on the
Grammy® Award–winning CD of quintets for piano and winds by Mozart and
Beethoven. With Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman, he recorded Brahms Horn Trio,
on laser disc. He performed on the Tribute to Ellington CD with
Barenboim and other members of the CSO, and he has recorded
Richard Strauss’ First Horn Concerto with Barenboim and the CSO. John
Williams composed a horn concerto for Clevenger, which he premiered with
the CSO in 2004.
For 17 years,
Clevenger played almost regularly with the group EARS, JAZZ OF ALL ERAS. In
1985, he received an honorary doctorate from Elmhurst College. He currently is
professor of horn at Roosevelt University and adjunct professor of horn at
Indiana University, Bloomington.
conductor, Clevenger served as music director of the Elmhurst Symphony
Orchestra for 14 years. His conducting career has included guest appearances
with numerous other orchestras, including the New Japan Philharmonic, Shanghai
Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Roosevelt University Symphony
Orchestra, Toronto Conservatory Orchestra, Northwestern University Summer
Symphony, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, National
Philharmonic of Slovakia in Bratislava, Sinfonia Crakovia and Opole
Philharmonic in Poland and Bartlesville (Oklahoma) Symphony Orchestra.
Recently, he conducted the Valledolid (Spain) Symphony Orchestra with Daniel
Barenboim as soloist.
theorchestralhorn.com, features Clevenger playing orchestral audition
excerpts, with music and comments in video and audio. These are for young horn
players in high school, college, conservatories and in orchestras worldwide who
need an example of common horn audition excerpts to learn and imitate.
Clevenger has recently married Giovanna Grassi of Brescia, Italy. For more information on Dale Clevenger, visit daleclevenger.com.