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Eli Eban - Former Solo Clarinetist in Israel Philharmonic;  Professor of Clarinet at Indiana University



Eli Eban was born in New York and received his early musical training in Israel, studying the clarinet with Richard Lesser and Yona Ettlinger. He continued his education at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Anthony Gigliotti. Immediately after graduation he was appointed principal clarinetist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Lukas Foss, and shortly thereafter he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Zubin Mehta. During thirteen seasons with the Israel Philharmonic, he performed and recorded all the major orchestral repertoire with the world's finest conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Georg Solti, and Klaus Tennstedt. He was featured soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on many occasions and has also performed concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Salzburg Camerata Academica, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and the Louisville Orchestra, among others.

Mr. Eban tours extensively as a chamber musician, collaborating with renowned artists and ensembles. He has been guest artist with the Alexander, Audubon, Orion, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv and Ying quartets and was a frequent participant of the famed Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. While at Marlboro, he was invited by legendary violinist Sandor Vegh to perform at the inaugural season of the Prussia Cove festival in England, where he drew critical acclaim from the London Guardian for his "high-powered, electrifying performances". His subsequent recordings for Meridian Records, London, were cited by the Penguin Guide to CDs as being"full of life and highly sensitive". He has also recorded for the Saphir, Crystal and Naxos labels. He was a member of Myriad (a chamber ensemble formed by members of the Cleveland Orchestra) and has often traveled to Eastern Europe to perform and teach at the invitation of the European Mozart Foundation.

In high demand as teacher, Eli Eban was a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music for two years before joining the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 1990. In 2007 the Indiana University Board of Trustees named him a Rudy Professor. This distinguished ranks professorship was endowed by James H. Rudy, an Indiana University graduate who dedicated his estate to the recognition and retention of outstanding faculty. Many of Professor Eban's former students are pursuing active solo careers and have won orchestral positions in Israel, Denmark, Korea, Poland, Singapore, and South Africa. In the USA they can be heard in the orchestras of Indianapolis, New Mexico, Toledo, the New World Symphony and in the premier service bands in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Eban divides his time between teaching at the Jacobs School of Music, touring as a soloist and chamber musician, and performing as the principal clarinetist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. His summers are spent performing and teaching at the Sarasota Music Festival and playing principal clarinet in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.


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Message from Eli Eban


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