Clarinet, Chamber Music (Woodwinds)
Ricardo Morales has been principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003. He has performed as guest principal clarinetist several times with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra, he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at age 21.
Mr. Morales made his Philadelphia Orchestra solo debut in 2004, and has appeared as soloist with that orchestra repeatedly. He has also been a featured soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; the Chicago, Cincinnati, Flemish Radio, and Indianapolis symphonies; and the Seoul Philharmonic. His debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed with the MET Chamber Ensemble, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; and at the Santa Fe and Saratoga chamber music festivals.
A native of San Juan, P.R., Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Música. He continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory and Indiana University.
Mr. Morales teaches at the Juilliard School and Temple University. He joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008.