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Clarinetist Steven Klimowski studies with the famed clarinet teacher Leon Russianoff attending the Manhattan School of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase. Klimowski began his career playing with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. He moved to Vermont in 1980 and started teaching the clarinet and saxophone at the University of Vermont. He also teaches clarinet and classical saxophone at St. Michael’s College and his private studio.
Currently, he concertizes in a solo and chamber music capacity throughout Vermont and northern New England. Klimowski plays with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s woodwind trio Raising Cane where he performs for Vermont’s school children. He is principal clarinet in the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with the Vermont Mozart Festival and the Opera Company of Middlebury. He is very active in the new music scene and has premiered several works for solo clarinet. In 1987 he founded the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble of which he the artistic director. The VCME continues to commission and perform new music now in its twenty-third season. In 1987 and again in 1990 Mr. Klimowski was honored with an individual artist’s fellowship from the Vermont Arts Council and in 2003 received it’s Citation of Merit.