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 News
Alexander Fiterstein stopped by the MPR studios to talk with host Alison Young. You can hear it all here.
Posted: Feb-25-2013
Latest Acclaim

“Great musicians can easily put the lie to the idea that music of the Second Viennese School is cold, ascetic or forbidding. Such was surely the case with Friday’s performance of Alban Berg’s Four Pieces, Op. 5, by clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and Weiss. Totaling less then eight minutes, these four microbial movements explore a staggering expressive range in tightly compacted form. Fiterstein brought a robust tone and acute sensitivity to this music. He hurdled all the tortuous technical challenges without breaking a sweat, mining a 12-tone blues quality out of the 'Sehr langsam' movement, and plumbing a fine array of dynamic and expressive nuance throughout.”

— Chicago Classical Review
Posted: Apr-11-2015
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
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Posted: Aug-24-2011