David Krakauer is funny and characterful. He talks about how playing different styles of music impact his nerves differently and describes a nerve-racking build up to playing the Mozart clarinet concerto and how he managed it. Then there was the experience of playing Berio’s Sequenza in front of Berio himself, the impact memorizing music has on his nerves and how he keeps himself calm in performances.

An avid educator, Krakauer has enjoyed a long relationship with Mannes (New School University), the Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and the Bard Conservatory.

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Internationally acclaimed clarinetist DAVID KRAKAUER redefines the notion of a
concert artist. Known for his mastery of myriad styles, he occupies the unique position of
being one of the world’s leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music,
and at the same time is a major voice in classical music. He has appeared with the Tokyo,
Kronos, and Emerson quartets, plus as soloist with the Dresden, Seattle, and Detroit
symphony orchestras, among many others.

With his band Ancestral Groove, he has redefined the klezmer genre with major
appearances at Carnegie Hall and internationally. His discography contains some of the
most important klezmer recordings of the past decade, notably The Dreams and Prayers
of Isaac the Blind (Golijov/Kronos/Krakauer on Nonesuch).

Consistently defying categorization, Krakauer has enjoyed major ongoing artistic
collaborations with a tremendously diverse group of performers and composers including
Dawn Upshaw, Itzhak Perlman, John Zorn, Fred Wesley, Music from Marlboro,
Abraham Inc, Osvaldo Golijov, the Klezmatics, John Cage, Danny Elfman, and
Socalled. In his newest project, The Big Picture, he explores the universal search for
identity through a re-imagination of familiar themes by renowned film music composers
brought together in a cinematic concert accompanied by original visuals.

An avid educator, Krakauer has enjoyed a long relationship with Mannes (New School
University), the Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and the Bard Conservatory.