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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.
list ordered by

1
129 39
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

2
96 43
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Sabine Meyer Classical

3
66 36
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Julian Bliss Jazz; swing; blues; classical

4
42 18
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Sharon Kam Classical; chamber

5
40 20
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

6
35 17
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stanley Drucker Classical

7
30 14
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Charles Neidich Classical

8
20 8
Jose Franch Ballester is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
RobertCline added Jose Franch Ballester

9
35 24
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Pete Fountain Dixieland

10
24 18
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Giora Feidman Klezmer

11
23 18
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

12
7 4
Margot Leverett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Margot Leverett Classical

13
15 14
Vasilis Saleas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Vasilis Saleas Classical

14
3 1
Alessandro Carbonare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Alessandro Carbonare

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

15
11 10
Béla Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Béla Kovacs Swing; jazz

16
5 4
Tale Ognenovski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
stevan-ognenovski added Tale Ognenovski Classical music, Jazz

17
7 7
David Krakauer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
David Krakauer Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

18
14 15
Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Ken Peplowski Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland

19
12 13
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

20
8 9
Antti Sarpila is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Antti Sarpila Classical

21
8 9
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KarenHarker added Chloe Feoranzo American Roots; New Orleans Jazz

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22
8 9
Victor Goines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

23
1 1
Paul Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Paul Meyer

24
7 8
Paul Dunmall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Paul Dunmall Jazz, Bebop

25
0 0
Philippe Cupper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Philippe Cupper

26
9 11
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

27
2 3
Tara Heitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Nathan Teshome added Tara Heitz

28
7 10
Stan McDonald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stan McDonald Classical

The Best Saxophonists in the World

29
11 15
Klaus Doldinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Klaus Doldinger Jazz, Film score

30
4 7
Hamiet Bluiett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

31
3 6
Kai Fagaschinski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Kai Fagaschinski Classical

32
7 11
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Andrew Marriner Classical

33
2 5
Joaquin Valdepenas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
gnicholls added Joaquin Valdepenas

34
1 4
Phil Nimmons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
gnicholls added Phil Nimmons

35
0 3
Hans Pfeifer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
marbh added Hans Pfeifer

36
0 3
Hans Pfeifer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
marbh added Hans Pfeifer

37
3 7
Muhal Richard Abrams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Muhal Richard Abrams Post-bop, Free jazz, Modern Creative

38
2 7
Tobias Delius is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Tobias Delius Classical; jazz; swing; blues

39
2 7
John Helliwell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
John Helliwell Rock music

40
3 9
Ken Vandermark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Ken Vandermark Classical; blues; swing; jazz; contemporary

41
9 30
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Woody Allen Jazz; swing; blues; classical

42
2 14
Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Cho Kyuhyun Ballad, Pop music, Dance-pop