Clarinetist Brad Cherwin’s recent engagements include concerts as part of the Tribeca New Music, DUMBO Arts, and the Moving Sounds Festivals. A participant in both The New York String Orchestra Seminar and Sarasota Music Festival, Cherwin was featured on the Music for a Summer Evening concert series at the Banff Centre, performing Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie” with a conductor-less chamber orchestra, in Banff, Canada. Cherwin has also been a soloist with the Johnson City Symphony, in Tennessee, and Contemporaneous, a new music ensemble based in the Hudson Valley of New York.
In the 2011–12 season Cherwin gave the premiere performances of more than 15 works. He is currently an artist-in-residence at The Cell Theatre in New York as part of the contemporary music ensemble, Mise-en, a group of flexible instrumentation that is dedicated to presenting programs of stylistically varied new music. As part of this residency, Cherwin gave the American premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s “Duft” for solo clarinet.
A committed chamber player, Cherwin explores the capabilities of small ensembles of different sizes and sounds. As of January 2013, he became an artist-in-residence with Contemporaneous at Williams College, performing chamber works by Dylan Mattingly and Marc Mellits. He is a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and was selected to perform in a masterclass for Milan Turkovic at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2010, Cherwin was chosen to represent the Oberlin Conservatory as part of the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project Chamber Ensemble.
As an orchestral musician, Cherwin has worked with conductors John Adams, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, and Werner Herbers, among others. He currently studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Alan Kay, and previously with Richard Hawkins and Mark Nuccio. He has performed in masterclasses for James Campbell, Charles Neidich, David Krakauer, Frank Cohen and Eli Eban, among others.