A Conversation with David Shifrin

Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM |  Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

Listen in on a conversation with Fred Child, host of NPR’s Performance Today, and clarinetist David Shifrin, recipient of CMA’s 2018 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award. The Award presentation will take place following the conversation.

A distinguished figure on the American musical scene for over four decades, David Shifrin is known as a chamber musician, recitalist, orchestral soloist, presenter, educator, and recording artist. He has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon since 1981 and, since 1989, an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center where he served as artistic director from 1992 to 2004. A faculty member at the Yale School of Music since 1987, he was appointed artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in 2008. That same year, he became artistic director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival. He has held faculty positions at The Juilliard School, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Hawaii.

The three-time GRAMMY nominee has recorded on the Delos, DGG, Angel/EMI, Arabesque, BMG, SONY, and CRI labels. He is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since its inception in 1974. In addition, he has received a Solo Recitalists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West, top prizes at the Munich, Geneva and Concert Artists Guild International Competitions, and Concert Artists Guild’s 2016 Virtuoso Award. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary professorship at China’s Central Conservatory in Beijing.

Fred Child, a classically trained pianist with a flair for percussion, emcees many live national concert broadcasts, contributes to All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and hosts Performance Today and Live from Lincoln Center.

Performance Today is the most popular classical music radio show in America and Live from Lincoln Center is the only live performing arts series on television. Child hosted NPR’s Creators @ Carnegie, a program of concerts at Carnegie Hall featuring a wide range of performers, including Brian Wilson, David Byrne, Randy Newman, Dawn Upshaw, Youssou N’Dour, Caetano Veloso, Emmylou Harris, and others. Before joining NPR, Child was Music Director and Director of Cultural Programming at WNYC in New York, host of a live daily performance and interview program on WNYC, and, for 10 years, a host at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

In recent years, Child has hosted a series of important live national concert broadcasts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first concerts from Walt Disney Hall, the 2003 season-opening concert at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic live at Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s world premiere of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London, New Year’s concerts by the New York Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa’s final concert with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and James Levine’s debut as Music Director of the Boston Symphony.

Child’s CD reviews appear on All Things Considered and his classical music reports appear on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He is a contributor to Billboard magazine, and a commentator for BBC Radio 3.