Clarinetist Jerry Chae, the current professor of YeungNam University in Korea, was the Principal Clarinetist of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra until 2012. Prior to these positions he served as tenured principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Mr. Chae studied with Ricardo Morales at The Juilliard School in New York City where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
As a soloist, Mr. Chae performs numerous recitals regularly in the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea. He has made solo concerto appearances with many prominent orchestras including Seoul Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic, Khabarovsk Orchestra, Orchestra Franco-Belga of Brussels and KBS Symphony Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Chae joined the Marlboro Music Festival in the summer of 2011 and is a member of the KumHo Chamber Music Society in Korea. He often performs with the Seoul Spring Festival, and the Great Mountain Festival in Korea.
In 2011, Mr. Chae played guest principal clarinet with the Philadelphia orchestra. He has toured Europe and North America (17countries) playing with the UBS Verbier Festival orchestra with first-class conductors such as James Levine, Paavo Jarvi and Mistislav Rostropovich.
In 2003 he served as 2nd and Eb clarinetist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and in 2007 Mr. Chae was appointed as principal clarinetist of the LA Opera by maestro James Conlon. Also Mr. Chae has performed as guest with the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and as guest principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic.
During these years he won many international competitions, 1st prize at the 15th international clarinet competition “Ciudad de Dos Hermanas” in Spain as well as a special prize from the prestigious Concours de Genève (Geneva Competition) in Switzerland.
Mr. Chae was a clarinet faculty member at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Kyung-Hee University in Korea.
Currently, Jerry Chae is a Buffet Crampon clarinet artist.