Instrumentalist - Clarinet
About

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. Composer Yehudi Wyner recently wrote, “Alex is simply magnificent, a complete artist; what a treasure for the culture of music!” Recipient of a prestigious 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 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 measured without inhibiting expressiveness.”

 

Posted: May-7-2014
Latest Acclaim

“One piece had a sound all its own: the concert-opening G-minor Quintet by Sergei Prokofiev, a work for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and bass that the composer created under the influence of the 1920s Parisian avant-garde. Four SPCO musicians and guest clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein made the work a haunting journey, one with an intermittently dissonant dream-like quality that sometimes slipped into the realm of nightmare. It took on a klezmer feel when Fiterstein and violinist Steven Copes traded dance-like lines, but was at its most engaging when Prokofiev sounded as if he were paving the path for modern jazz.”

— Saint Paul Pioneer Press
Posted: Nov-6-2014
Latest Recording

This disc presents the three masterful works of Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) for solo clarinet and orchestra. Composed by Weber for the leading clarinet virtuoso of the era, Heinrich Joseph Baermann (1784-1847), these three works have endured as favorites of clarinetists and audiences alike. The present recordings were made in 2011, and feature Alexander Fiterstein, whose playing was praised by the New York Times for its 'beautiful liquid clarity.'

Posted: Sep-9-2013
Latest Video
Posted: Aug-24-2011