Appointed principal clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony in 1999, Gregory Raden was previously assistant principal of the National Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinetist of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and Charleston Symphony. He has been heard as Guest Principal with the Orchestras of Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Saint Paul and Bergen (NORWAY).
Raden has appeared as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, National Symphony, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, and New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
He performs regularly at the Grand Teton, Newport, and Bravo Vail music festivals and has also participated in the Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Bellingham, Mimir, Aspen, Pacific, and Evian music festivals. An active chamber musician, Raden has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cavani, and Arianna string quartets and recently performed the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with Yo-Yo Ma at the Grand Teton Music Festival Gala.
San Diego Arts said of his performance of Weber’s Clarinet Quintet:
“I cannot think of enough good things to say about Raden. As he played, I was reminded of Mozart traveling out on all those trips of his when he would discover wonderful players and write home to his father about them…Raden is like that. A magician. He makes you wonder how it’s done-how any reed instrument can produce a sound of such beauty and lyricism.”
Raden’s playing has been hailed by the Dallas Morning News as:
“Exquisitely phrased, his playing was of amazing half-lights and subtle shadings of pastels…”
“The greatest of all clarinet solos (Rachmaninoff Second Symphony) was spun out with heartrending eloquence by DSO principal Gregory Raden.”
The Fort Worth Star Telegram said of his performance of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet: “With flawless intonation and liquescent tone, Raden’s playing was enormously artful, adding subtle hints of color and dynamic shading to the music making.”
The Washington Post said: “Gregory Raden piped sweetly, raptly and with exquisite nuance.”
He has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and on recordings with the Dallas Symphony on the Delos, Hyperion, and Bridge labels.
As a performing artist/clinician for Buffet Crampon Clarinets and Vandoren products, Raden has given recitals, master classes, and clinics throughout North America including at the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman, Rice University, Baylor University, UT Austin, Texas Christian University, University of Maryland, Glenn Gould Conservatory, New World Symphony, National Orchestral Institute, and Buffet Crampon Clarinets acclaimed Summer Academy in Jacksonville, FL. He has been on the faculty at George Washington University and the College of Charleston. Currently, an adjunct Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Meadows School of Music at Southern Methodist University, he also maintains a private studio in the Dallas area. Raden was also one of five American clarinetists chosen to be part of the research and development team of Buffet’s new model Clarinet, the Tradition.
A native of White Plains, NY, Raden began his early studies at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division with David Weber and then continued with Donald Montanaro at the Curtis Institute of Music where he graduated in 1994.