David Thomas

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Principal Clarinet

Columbus Symphony Orchestra

"Légère reeds make my job as Principal Clarinetist much easier. They are reliable & consistent in the demanding conditions of orchestral playing." - David Thomas

Principal Clarinetist of the Columbus Symphony in Ohio since 1989, David H Thomas has had an outstanding career as a soloist as well as an orchestral player. He was a featured soloist on the Columbus Symphony's recording "CSO Showcase", playing Claude Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie with Alessandro Siciliani, conducting.

During his previous position as Principal Clarinetist of the Kennedy Center Orchestra in Washington, DC, he was also well known in the Washington area for his numerous solo and chamber music recitals.

Beyond his many appearances as soloist with the Columbus Symphony, Mr. Thomas has performed concertos with the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony in Washington, DC and the National Philharmonic in Rockville, Maryland. At age 18 he won First Prize in competitions sponsored by the International Clarinet Society and the Music Teacher National Association.

David enjoys teaching clarinet, and uses the Alexander Technique to enhance his teaching. He also writes regularly for his clarinet blog, The Buzzing Reed. He is currently blogging about performing all etudes from the Book of 18 by Paul Jeanjean.

Reviewing a performance of Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations, the Senior Critic of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch wrote, "David Thomas is… the clarinet equivalent of Cecilia Bartoli." "I don’t recall a bigger or better reception for any artist, anywhere." After hearing him play the Brahms Quintet, "He was again, simply superb."

Mark Carrington, Washington Post, wrote after hearing his performance of the Copland Concerto, "David Thomas… was riveting."