Clarinet, Chamber Music (Woodwinds)
Prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003, Ricardo Morales was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at age 21 under the direction of James Levine. He has performed as guest principal clarinetist several times with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Mr. Morales made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004 and has since performed as soloist on numerous occasions.
He has also been a featured soloist with the Chicago, Cincinnati, Flemish Radio, and Indianapolis symphonies and the Seoul Philharmonic. During his tenure with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mr. Morales soloed under James Levine in Carnegie Hall and on two European tours.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series with James Levine at the piano, on NBC’s Today Show, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; as well as at the Santa Fe and Saratoga chamber music festivals and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. His debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label.
A native of San Juan, P.R., Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Música along with his five siblings, all of whom are now distinguished musicians. 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.