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Edward Palanker is currently a clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He is also the co-program director of the Music by Candlelight Series, the BSO Chamber Music series, and is the principal clarinetist with the Choral Arts Society of Baltimore. His popular clarinet website, http://eddiesclarinet.com, includes many articles on playing and teaching the clarinet, recordings of live performances, pictures of his garden, family photos and more.
Palanker graduated from The Manhattan School of Music and attended the Mannes College of Music. His principal clarinet teachers were Leon Russianoff and Eric Simon, and he studied bass clarinet with Joe Allard. Other instructors included Earl Bates, Robert Marcellus, Anthony Gigliotti and Bernard Portnoy. Palanker was the Principal Clarinetist of The Eastern Music Festival Philharmonic, in Greensboro NC for 25 years, where he performed all of the standard clarinet concertos and chamber music repertoire. He was previously a member of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax Nova Scotia, The Kinhaven Music Festival in Vermont, The Theater Chamber Players in Washington, D.C., and The Peabody Conservatory of Music (1992-2009).
He was awarded the honor of Professor Emeritus at Towson University, where he was in charge of the clarinet department, woodwind ensembles and director of the Towson Chamber Players. As a member of The Towson Fine Arts Wind Quintet he performed concerts and master classes at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. He also presented a master class at the Manhattan School of Music "Visiting Orchestra Series". Other solo appearances include ClarinetFests at the University of Ohio and University of Maryland as well as the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. Palanker recorded the complete solo clarinet works of Theldon Myers as well as other solo and ensemble music in the 70s and 80s and has performed on many of the BSO recordings. He is a frequent guest writer for "The Clarinet Journal" of the International Clarinet Association and a frequent participant on the clarinet bulletin board. Many of his former students are performing in major orchestras and military bands throughout the USA including the Philadelphia Orchestra.