Joshua Ranz won the audition for principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2008 after having served as second clarinet since 1999. 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. Recently, he performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with LACO at Alex Theatre and Royce Hall.
Josh is principal clarinet of the New West Symphony and has filled in as principal for the LA Opera and Hollywood Bowl orchestras, as well as the Santa Barbara and Santa Monica symphonies. Josh is a member of the Pacific Symphony and played principal clarinet on their 2006 European tour. He also performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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.
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.