Joined the RPO in 1987
A Buffalo native, Kenneth Grant joined the RPO in 1987 as principal clarinet after almost 15 years in the same position with the Columbus Symphony.
Solo appearances with the RPO include works by Mozart, Weber, Copland, and Debussy. In 1994, he premiered Sydney Hodkinson’s Concerto for Clarinet with the Rochester Philharmonic under the direction of David Effron. Other premieres with the RPO include Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and the Fantasy Etudes, composed by Verne Reynolds, former professor of horn at the Eastman School of Music. Grant also has appeared as soloist with the Finger Lakes Symphony, the Penfield Symphony, the Geneseo Symphony, and the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed as part of the Rochester Society for Chamber Music since 1989.
In 1990, Grant toured Europe with The Cleveland Orchestra as assistant principal clarinet and participated in that orchestra’s recording of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony. In 1994, he won critical acclaim in Japan as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and has returned to Japan on several occasions to provide lessons and master classes.
In addition to performing, Grant is associate professor of clarinet at the Eastman School of Music since 1988 and also has taught at Barker (N.Y.) Central Schools, Capital University (Ohio), Tidewater Music Festival (Md.), Otterbein College (Ohio), and Ohio Wesleyan University.
In the summers, Grant teaches at the Aria International Festival at Mt. Holyoke College (Mass.), and teaches and performs at the Marrowstone Festival at Western Washington University. He also was part of the Festival at Roundtop in Texas for the past 11 summers.
Grant received his education at the Eastman School of Music. His principal teachers were Donald Mattea, James Pyne, and D. Stanley Hasty. He pursued additional studies with Frank Cohen and Theodore Johnson of The Cleveland Orchestra.