Musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Karl Herman, Principal Clarinet

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Karl Herman joined the NJSO in 1979. A Pittsburgh native, he attended Carnegie-Mellon University as a student of Jerome Levine, and he received his Master of Music degree with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Peter Hadcock of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Herman has performed with many ensembles based in the New York area, including the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin and André Previn; the Concordia Chamber Orchestra; American Composers Orchestra and American Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.

Herman has performed with American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Opera National Company, Joffrey Ballet and the Prism Chamber Orchestra. He has attended and performed at the Adare Festival in Ireland, Cape May Festival and Craftsbury Chamber Music Festival; he has toured with the Aspen Wind Quintet.

Herman has been a frequent concerto soloist with the NJSO and other ensembles, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Strauss’ Duet-Concertino, Harbison’s Double Concerto and Debussy’s Premier Rhapsody. In the 1997–98 season, Herman performed Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, with former NJSO Music Director Hugh Wolff conducting the NJSO for the first time since becoming Music Director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Herman teaches privately and is on the faculties of Princeton and William Paterson Universities. 




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