Friday, February 15, 2008

Guest Artist Spotlight: Ethan Sloane

Guest Artist Ethan Sloane
Clarinetist Ethan Sloane, Professor of Music at Boston University, earned his Bachelor of Music degree at New England Conservatory, and Masters and Doctorate degrees at Yale University. He has taught at Mannes College of Music (New York), University of Northern Iowa, University of Victoria, and West Virginia University, as well as Boston University. Among his many awards and honors, he has served as Executive Assistant to the Director of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and was a member of the artistfaculty of the California Music Center. In 1976, he won First Prize at the Ars Vivus Chamber Music Competition. In 1980, Professor Sloane was the regional chair of the International Clarinet Society. Professor Sloane has been an artist-clinician for the G. Leblanc Corporation, and in 1981 he was awarded a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant. He has presented numerous recitals, including performances at Merkin Hall (New York City), the National Gallery of Art, the California Music Center, Kenyon College, Washington Jefferson College, and Queen Elizabeth Playhouse (Vancouver, BC).

Professor Sloane has played concerts with the Pacific Wind Quintet and has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival. He is a former principal clarinetist of the Symphony of the United Nations, the Festival Orchestra of New York, and the New Haven Symphony. He has been a member of the Empire Trio of New York since 1973. He founded the Hampden-Sydney Music Festival (Virginia ) in 1980 and still serves as the Artistic Director of this prestigious chamber music festival. He was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters by Hampden-Sydney College in 1991. Professor Sloane has been in his present position at Boston University since 1984.

Ethan Sloane has enjoyed a long and prominent career as performer, recording artist, teacher, and arts administrator. As soloist and recitalist he has appeared extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Much in demand as a chamber musician, Dr. Sloane has produced recordings both on CD and for National Public Radio. His devotion to the extensive solo and chamber music literature for clarinet has earned critical acclaim, and his editions of masterworks by Brahms and Mozart have received wide acceptance.