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Joshua Ranz

principal clarinet

Joshua Ranz is principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He originally joined the orchestra in 1999 as second clarinet, served as acting principal clarinet for the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons and won the audition for principal clarinet in 2008.

On LACO’s 2008 European tour, Josh was featured prominently with mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova in performances of Mozart’s aria from the opera La Clemenza di Tito, “Parto, ma tu ben mio,” in LACO’s concerts in the Italian city of Treviso; Hanover, Hamburg and Berlin in Germany; and in Paris, France. In December 2010, he performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with LACO at Alex Theatre and Royce Hall.

Josh is also a member of the Pacific Symphony, and in March 2006, he played principal clarinet on their European tour. This past May, Josh won the position of Principal Clarinet of the New West Symphony and will begin serving the position starting this fall. He has filled in as principal for the LA Opera and Hollywood Bowl orchestras, as well as the Santa Barbara and Santa Monica symphony orchestras, and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Since 2004, Josh has performed regularly with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, California serving as principal clarinet in the summer of 2011. He also performed as principal at the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon. In the summer of 2009, he performed in Maine for the Bay Chamber Concerts series with a roster of all-principal wind players from top orchestras around the country. He performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in western New York during the summers from 2001-09. He has performed with Chamber Music Palisades, Capitol Ensemble, Jacaranda and numerous other chamber music programs throughout Southern California.

In addition to his performances, Josh has recorded with LACO and the Pacific Symphony and is active in the television and motion picture industry. He is prominently featured in LACO’s 40th anniversary release in the second movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with music director Jeffrey Kahane as soloist.

Before moving to Los Angeles in 1999, Josh was a member of the Honolulu and San Jose symphonies. He was a fellow and a faculty member of the Aspen Music School and Festival and a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He has played recitals at the International Clarinet Association Convention and has performed with the New York Woodwind Quintet at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Josh is on faculty at Biola University.

Originally from New York, Josh attended Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree at Harvard College, majoring in music composition and analysis. He then received his Master of Music at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with David Shifrin.

Josh and his wife, oboist Lelie Resnick, have two sons, Jonah, born in October 2006, and Nathan, born in November 2009.

Joshua Ranz

photo Michael Miller

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