Loren Kitt graduated from the Curtis Institute where he studied with Anthony Gigliotti, then principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Between the years of 1966 to 1969, he performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Milwaukee Symphony. In 1970, he became the principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, a position he held until 2016. For 46 years he performed with some of the greatest musicians and conductors in the world, and he has a well-deserved reputation of being one of the greatest clarinetists, too. One of his highlights includes performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto with Copland himself conducting.
I had the honor and the privilege of studying with Mr. Kitt at the Peabody Institute, and I also have had the opportunity to hear him perform many times. Besides being an outstanding orchestral clarinetist, Kitt is also an excellent soloist and chamber musician. I had the pleasure of hearing him perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, the Brahms Quintet and Trio, and many other works. Unfortunately, there are very few solo and chamber recordings available of Loren Kitt.
For more information about Loren Kitt, as well as a very interesting interview, visit this National Symphony Orchestra page.
Stravinsky: L'oiseau de feu No2; Duo Concertante (plus suite from L'Histoire du Soldat; pieces from The Firebird, The Fairy's Kiss, and Mavra; and other chamber music)
On this CD, Loren Kitt is featured on Igor Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Clarinet, and his Suite From L'Historie Du Soldat (A Soldier’s Tale), for Clarinet, Violin and Piano. Kitt, Elisabeth Adkins, and Lambert Orkis give a great performance of Stravinsky’s very challenging, rhythmically demanding music.