Faculty, Interlochen Clarinet Institute
Assistant Professor of Clarinet, University of Minnesota - School of Music
Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is recognized for playing that combines flawless technique and consummate musicianship with graceful phrasing and a warm soulful tone. Considered one of today's most exceptional clarinet players, he has performed in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award, Mr. Fiterstein has been praised by The New York Times for possessing a "beautiful liquid clarity," and The Washington Post wrote, "Fiterstein treats his instrument as his own personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility and range. Every sound he makes is finely measure without inhibiting expressiveness."
A dedicated performer of chamber music, Fiterstein frequently collaborates with distinguished artists and ensembles. He is the founder of The Zimro Project and the Alexander Fiterstein Trio and he has worked with composers John Corigliano and Osvaldo Golijov and has had pieces written for him by Samuel Adler and Mason Bates, among others.
Mr. Fiterstein attended Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to graduate from the Juilliard School, where his teachers include Charles Neidich and Eli Heifetz. He is the first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, and the "Aviv" competitions in Israel; and he is the recipient of numerous awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award (Tokyo). Mr. Fiterstein is the clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota and he has previously taught at Kean University in New Jersey and at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.