Artist's BiographyClarinetist DAVID KRAKAUER is both a master of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music and a major voice in classical music. He has appeared with the Tokyo, Kronos, Orion, and Emerson string quartets, plus as soloist with the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Seattle Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and the Orchestre Lamoureux among many others. In December 2009 Mr. Krakauer premiered a new Klezmer inspired concerto written for him by the young Polish composer Wlad Marhulets as soloist with the Detroit Symphony. Major classical summer festival appearances include Marlboro, Norfolk, and Aspen. With his band, Klezmer Madness!, he has redefined the klezmer genre writing new music and employing many diverse influences including jazz, funk, and hip-hop. Major appearances for Klezmer Madness! include Carnegie Hall, Saalfelden, Marciac and the Venice Biennalle.
As an artist who has consistently defied categorization, Krakauer has enjoyed major ongoing artistic collaborations with a tremendously diverse group of performers and composers including Dawn Upshaw, Itzak Perlman, Iva Bitova, Uri Caine, John Zorn, Fred Wesley, Abraham Inc, Osvaldo Golijov, the Klezmatics, David Del Tredici, John Cage, Danny Elfman, Socalled and George Tsontakis.
His discography contains some of the most important klezmer recordings of the past decade including \"The Twelve Tribes\" (Label Bleu) that received the German Record Critic\'s Prize and \"The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind\" (Osvaldo Golijov and the Kronos Quartet/Nonesuch) that received the Diapason D\'Or in France. Classical recordings are also available on Angel, Naxos and Deutsche Grammophon . Mr. Krakauer is on the clarinet and chamber music faculties of the Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Bard College Conservatory.