Kimberly Cole Luevano
With reviews such as "breathtaking…", "virtuosic tone and technique," and "exceptionally sensitive and introspective rendition,"Kimberly Cole Luevano continually establishes herself as a formidable soloist and chamber musician. Cole joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2011 and is also a member of the clarinet faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp where she has taught since 2003. Dr. Cole has given acclaimed solo and chamber performances, adjudicated, and presented masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and in South America. She performed at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest® on numerous occasions including those held in Stockholm, Sweden; Vancouver, Canada; and Austin, Texas. Her former students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the United States and Canada.
A versatile and active freelance musician, Dr. Cole has performed as a member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, as principal clarinetist of the Ann Arbor, Lansing, Toledo, and Traverse Symphony Orchestras, with the Detroit and Windsor (Canada) Symphony Orchestras, and with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, among others. She was clarinetist in the contemporary music ensemble Quorum for over ten years. She is featured on a Centaur release of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with the Arianna String Quartet and with Quorum on an Albany release of composer Evan Chambers' works entitled, "Cold Water, Dry Stone." Her recordings of Anthony Iannaccone’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Wind Quintets, and Woodwind Trio are also available on the Albany label. An advocate of new music, Dr. Cole has performed as soloist in acclaimed performances of prominent works for clarinet and wind ensemble: Michael Daugherty’s "Brooklyn Bridge" and Scott McAllister’s "X" and "Black Dog." She also founded the Clarinetists Commissioning Cooperative, a consortium created to commission new works for clarinet from emerging composers including Roshanne Etezady.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she studied with Keith Lemmons, Dr. Cole studied in Paris, France with Guy Deplus and Alain Damiens as the recipient of a U. S. Government Fulbright Grant and Kade Fellowship. She earned her MM and DMA degrees at Michigan State University where she studied with Elsa Ludewig Verdehr and her undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas where she studied with James Gillespie. Prior to her appointment at the University of North Texas, she was Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Michigan University for fifteen years. Cole Luevano is a Buffet Group artist who plays exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets.