William R. Hudgins
Ann S. M. Banks chair, endowed in perpetuity
William R. Hudgins was appointed principal clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by Seiji Ozawa in 1994, occupying the Ann S.M. Banks chair, having joined the orchestra two years earlier. He has been heard as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, including performances of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, with which he made his BSO debut as concerto soloist in 1995, Copland's Clarinet Concerto, Bruch's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, and Frank Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion, and String Orchestra. As a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, he can be heard on their latest CD, "Plain Song, Fantastic Dances," in music of Gandolfi, Foss, and Golijov, as well as on their compact disc "Mozart Chamber Music for Winds and Strings" in Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K.581, and on a Grammy-nominated Arabesque recording of Hindemith's Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano. Recent performances outside of the Boston Symphony Orchestra include orchestral performances and recordings with the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Matsumoto, Japan, and the Mito Chamber Orchestra in Mito, Japan, both under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Hudgins performed in the December 2010 Susan G. Komen "Concert for the Cure" breast cancer benefit concert under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. Appearances at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival include performances of Wagner and Copland in the inaugural concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in June 2010. He is scheduled to perform the Copland Clarinet Concerto with Boston's Discovery Ensemble at Sanders Theatre in November 2011.
Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Hudgins served as principal clarinetist and soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. He was heard for six seasons as a member of both the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. He also participated as a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the C.D. Jackson Award for outstanding performance. Mr. Hudgins received his bachelor's degree from the Boston University School for the Arts, studying primarily with former BSO principal clarinetist Harold Wright. His teachers also included members of the Indianapolis and Cincinnati symphony orchestras and Jules Serpentini, formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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