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Boris Allakhverdyan

clarinet, Michele and Dudley Rauch Chair

About this Artist

Boris Allakhverdyan was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. Allakhverdyan is a founding member of the Prima Trio, and the Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the prestigious 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. 

   Boris Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle, Bakersfield, and Springfield symphony orchestras. He has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, and the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy. Allakhverdyan is a winner of the Rimsky-Korsakov International Woodwind Competition, the Rozanov International Clarinet Competition, the Hellam Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical, and the Oberlin Concerto competitions. 

   An active educator, Allakhverdyan served on faculty at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, Interlochen Clarinet Institute in Michigan, and Philadelphia International Music Festival. He has given masterclasses at Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oregon University, University of Missouri–Kansas City, Truman State University, Latin American Clarinet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela, and Shenzhen International Music Festival in China. As a chamber musician, Boris Allakhverdyan has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe on such series as Chicago Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Athenaeum, Dumbarton Oaks, the Dayton Art Institute, CityMusic Columbus, Da Camera Society, Fontana Chamber Arts, and Cleveland Chamber Music Society, to name a few. 

   As a Buffet Group Artist and Vandoren Performing Artist, Allakhverdyan performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren reeds.