Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin O’Dell will be unable to participate in the Sewanee Summer Music Festival this year. In his place, the SSMF is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramon Wodkowski as the 2012 Artist-Faculty in Clarinet.
Having settled in London (UK), American clarinetist Ramon Wodkowski enjoys a diverse musical career as an orchestral player, chamber musician and mouthpiece craftsman.
Ramon has performed with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and as guest principal of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet and City of London Sinfonia. He has worked under conductors including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Oliver Knussen, Heinz Holliger and Semyon Bychkov, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), the Salzburg Mozarteum, Barbican Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Having graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Ramon earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he gained an Artist Diploma, won the prestigious Frederick Thurston prize, and was subsequently awarded the 2005-6 David Bowerman Junior Fellowship.
Ramon’s principal teachers have been Richard Hosford, Franklin Cohen, David Shifrin, Richard Hawkins and Theodore Oien.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Ramon is an internationally renowned mouthpiece craftsman, and his clients include many of the world’s leading soloists, orchestral musicians, teachers and chamber musicians. He specialises in refurbishing and customising clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces, and also makes his own models. A leading authority on mouthpiece history, acoustics and design, Ramon has been invited to present lectures at institutions including Yale University, University of Southern California, Rice University, Manhattan School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Northwestern University, Michigan State University and New York University.