Appointed principal clarinet of the Dallas Symphony in 1999,
Gregory Raden has also served as assistant principal of the
National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, principal
clarinet of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and principal
clarinet of the Charleston Symphony. He has served as guest
principal with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, San
Francisco Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Bergen
He has been heard as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, National
Symphony, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Charleston Symphony,
and the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy
Center, and at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
Raden has served as principal clarinet of the Grand Teton,
Mainly Mozart, and the Bellingham Music Festivals. An active
chamber musician, he has participated in the Marlboro Music
Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Newport Festival, Mimir Festival,
Bancroft Family Concerts, Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Chamber
Music at the Nasher, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Aspen,
Evian (France) and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival.
San Diego Arts said of his performance of Weber's Clarinet
Quintet: "I cannot think of enough good things to say about Raden.
As he played, I was reminded of Mozart traveling out on all those
trips of his when he would discover wonderful players and write
home to his father about them…Raden is like that. A magician. He
makes you wonder how it's done-how any reed instrument can produce
a sound of such beauty and lyricism.
Raden's playing has been hailed by The Dallas Morning
News as: "Exquisitely phrased, his was playing of amazing
half-lights and subtle shadings of pastels…"
"The greatest of all clarinet solos (Rachmaninoff Second
Symphony) was spun out with heartrending eloquence by DSO principal
The Fort Worth Star Telegram said of his performance of
the Brahms Clarinet Quintet: "With flawless intonation and
liquescent tone, Raden's playing was enormously artful, adding
subtle hints of color and dynamic shading to the music making."
The Washington Post said: "Gregory Raden piped sweetly,
raptly and with exquisite nuance"
He has been heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today"
and on recordings with the Dallas Symphony on the Delos, Hyperion,
and Bridge labels.
Raden has given recitals, master classes, and clinics throughout
the United States and has been on the faculty of George Washington
University and the College of Charleston. He is currently on the
adjunct faculty of Southern Methodist University and also maintains
a private studio in the Dallas area.
A native of White Plains, NY, Raden began his early studies at
the Juilliard School Pre-College Division with David Weber and then
went on to the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Donald
Montanaro where he graduated in 1994. Mr. Raden is an
artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and Vandoren products.
Learn more about
Raden's influences and artistry in this interview on the DSO Blog