Chen Halevi - clarinet


Chen Halevi is considered to be one of the most versatile clarinetists of today; playing recitals, concertos and chamber music with equal acclaim. His playing covers an impressive range of repertoire from performing on period instruments to the most up to date contemporary music. He is a pioneer of a new school of playing; looking at what the clarinet and clarinetist should be in the 21st century.

As a teenager he made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. Since then he has worked with many leading orchestras in the U.S, Europe, and Japan, including the New York Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Jerusalem Radio Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the NDR Hamburg, Bayenischer Rundfunk and the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.  

Halevi is a great lover of chamber music, and has performed with many of the most prominent musicians and quartets today, his passion for this music   makes him a welcome guest at festivals across the world. His appearances have included: Marlboro, Ravinia, and Santa Fe Festivals in the US, and in Europe; Schlesswig‑Holstein, Colmar, Davos, Rolandseck, Aldeburgh, Risor, and Verbier Chamber Music Festivals and the Perth International Arts Festival.

Internationally acknowledged as a passionate contemporary musician, Halevi’s close ties with composers has led him to perform a great number of works dedicated to him by the most eminent composers of our time. Highlights of recent seasons include the American premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s ‘Kraft’ with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert and the world premiere of Sven Ingo Koch’s ‘Doppelganger’ with the Bayenischer Rundfunk, under the direction of Brad Lubman.  With many composers he has a profound long-term artistic friendship, which has been reflected in numerous dedications in recent years. 

His commitment to contemporary music goes beyond this. In 2007 Halevi founded ClaRecords, with the aim of supporting contemporary composers through commissions, recordings and performances. Another goal of ClaRecords is to simulate dialogue between different art forms in the 21st century.