Classical The Best Clarinetists in the World  

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A member of the woodwind instruments, the clarinet is an extremely common instrument in orchestras, and also common among many different genres of music, including contemporary, jazz, and blues. The clarinet produces a crystal clear, rich sound and is perfectly paired with many other instruments as well. Who are the best clarinetists in the world? The musicians on this list are considered the best clarinet players today.
 
From new world to classical, jazz and blues to swing and contemporary, this list features the best clarinetists in the world. Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music business and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 
 
This list features the world’s best clarinetists, and is waiting to be voted on and reranked by you. Vote up the best clarinet players below or add a musician you think is great on the clarinet.
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Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Martin Fröst Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Sabine Meyer Classical

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Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Charles Neidich Classical

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Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Julian Bliss Jazz; swing; blues; classical

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Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Sharon Kam Classical; chamber

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Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Pete Fountain Dixieland

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Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

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Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stanley Drucker Classical

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Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Ken Peplowski Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland

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Vasilis Saleas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Vasilis Saleas Classical

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Jose Franch Ballester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Jose Franch Ballester

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Béla Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Béla Kovacs Swing; jazz

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Stan McDonald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stan McDonald Classical

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Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

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Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Andrew Marriner Classical

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Chloe Feoranzo American Roots; New Orleans Jazz

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Antti Sarpila is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Antti Sarpila Classical

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Kai Fagaschinski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Kai Fagaschinski Classical

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Tale Ognenovski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Tale Ognenovski Classical music, Jazz

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Joaquin Valdepenas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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Tara Heitz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Tara Heitz

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Phil Nimmons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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Klaus Doldinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Klaus Doldinger Jazz, Film score

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Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

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Victor Goines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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Paul Dunmall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Paul Dunmall Jazz, Bebop

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Hamiet Bluiett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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David Krakauer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
David Krakauer Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

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Margot Leverett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Margot Leverett Classical

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Muhal Richard Abrams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Muhal Richard Abrams Post-bop, Free jazz, Modern Creative

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John Helliwell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
John Helliwell Rock music

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Ken Vandermark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Ken Vandermark Classical; blues; swing; jazz; contemporary

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Tobias Delius is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Tobias Delius Classical; jazz; swing; blues

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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Woody Allen Jazz; swing; blues; classical

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Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Cho Kyuhyun Ballad, Pop music, Dance-pop