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Luis Rossi

In her book Clarinet Virtuosi of Today, British clarinet historian Pamela Weston describes Luis Rossi as the “only top player in the world performing with instruments of his own design and construction.” Hailed by the critics as “a first-class soloist” he has performed the Brahms Quintet with the Amadeus Quartet. He received the Konex Prize, an honor he shares with Marta Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, and other illustrious Argentine musicians. Rossi performed a recital at Lincoln Center and offered master classes at the International Clarinet Connection (NEC, Boston), the Lemmensinstitute (Leuven), and the Royal College of Music ( London). He was a Guest Instructor of Clarinet Performance at Michigan State University in 1986, and he has also played recitals at Indiana University, Western Michigan University, Oberlin College, and Ohio State University.

Accompanied by the Chile Chamber Orchestra, Rossi has performed clarinet concertos in Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, Krakow, Moscow, Kiev and throughout South America. With the Simon Bolivar Symphony in Caracas, he gave the premier performance in South America of the Corigliano Clarinet Concerto, and he also played the world premiere performances of two clarinet concertos dedicated to him by Blas Atehortúa and Adina Izarra.

As a conductor and soloist, Rossi has performed with the Teresa Carreño Symphony in Caracas, the Mendoza Philharmonic of Argentina, the Chile Chamber Orchestra, and the USACH Orchestra in Santiago.

His teaching activities at Simon Bolivar University and the Latin American Clarinet Academy in Caracas have produced an outstanding generation of clarinetists. Rossi has recorded six CDs, available on iTunes and Amazon.

He is the founder and owner of L. Rossi Hand Made Clarinets, which produces a complete line of world-class clarinets. An innovator in the world of clarinet design, Rossi clarinets feature single-piece construction in the middle section of the instrument, many different bore styles, and several wood types, among many other special features.