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As a critically acclaimed clarinetist, Mike Cavin enjoys a rich and varied career having performed in most of the major concert halls in the continental United States. He appeared as Principal Clarinet with many world renowned ensembles including the orchestras of The American Ballet Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera National Company, The Harkness Ballet, Le Gran Ballet Classique de France, and The U.S Navy Band and Orchestra, Washington, D.C. He was also a featured performer at Radio
City Music Hall, and at Lincoln Center. Many recitals, orchestra concerts and chamber music concerts were presented in the NY Metropolitan area. He was affiliated with the Young Audience program performing Woodwind Quintets in the public schools and with the Orchestra da Camera giving Symphony Concerts and Operas in the Public Schools. On Broadway he performed with The Man of La Mancha, and Over Here. He was also in demand as a studio recording artist.
From The New York Times:
“Cavin, who performed last night at Carnegie Recital Hall is the complete clarinetist. Not only was his technical proficiency untaxed during a strenuous program, but in each work he went well beyond mere craft…Mr. Cavin’s inherent gift for phrasing was evident…his tone remained firm and sonorous…Intonation was excellent and a wide range of dynamic shadings provided contrasts…performance built in a series of arching cantabile lines….Cavin’s professional career to date has centered on ballet and opera orchestras, and perhaps that is why he achieved in his playing such a pleasing balance between singing and dancing.” Donal Henehan New York Times.
Outside New York, Mike has been a Featured Artist in many differing venues; among them were performances sponsored by The Texas Commission of the Arts. In Matamoros Mexico he appeared at El Teatro de la Reforma, and with the IV Festial Internacional de Onono. More recently concerts, recitals and master classes in La Paz, and Guadalajara and San Luis Potosi. In the U.S. he has presented recitals and chamber concerts and master classes at many leading universities. Mike earned three Diplomas di Partecipazione and a Medallion for performances at the 6o Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale “Premio Citti’ de Padova” Italy.
Dr. Cavin is a Backun Artist performing with MoBa Cocolobolo Bb clarinet( MoBa A is on order) and MoBa mouthpiece.
Mike holds the coveted Doctor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University. He was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University for five years, and Professor of Clarinet at Sam Houston State University for six years.
His clarinet teachers have included Bernard Portnoy, Anthony Gigliotti, Harold Wright, Kalmen Opperman, and Ricardo Morales.
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Best to you, Mike Cavin