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List Rules Living clarinetists only.

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.

1
252 98
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

2
208 89
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

3
74 27
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
86 50
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

5
58 30
Alessandro Carbonare is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Alessandro Carbonare

6
93 65
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical; chamber

7
36 18
Andreas Ottensamer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Andreas Ottensamer

8
77 63
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

9
112 101
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Jazz; swing; blues; classical

10
57 45
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Klezmer

11
48 41
Jose Franch Ballester is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
RobertCline added Jose Franch Ballester

12
65 61
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Dixieland

13
59 56
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical music, Jazz

14
53 54
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

15
32 29
Béla Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Béla Kovacs Swing; jazz

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29 26
Paul Meyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Paul Meyer

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19 17
Buddy De Franco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Buddy de Franco

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17 15
Philippe Cupper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Philippe Cupper

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23 23
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

20
8 4
Harold Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Harold Wright

21
8 4
Boris Allehkverdyan LA Philhar... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Boris Allehkverdyan LA Philharmonic Principal

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7 4
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Wilfried Berk added Olivier Patey, Principal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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7 5
Robert Marcellus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added

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10 9
Annelien van Wauwe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Annelien van Wauwe

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6 5
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Wilfried Berk added Kari Kriikku

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25 31
Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland

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5 4
Phillip Berrot Principal Clari... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Phillip Berrot Principal Clarinetist, Orchestra de Paris

28
5 4
Alexander Fiterstein Classical... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Alexander Fiterstein Classical, Chamber and Klezmer Soloist

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18 22
David Krakauer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

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24 31
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical music

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4 4
Harold Wright and Richard Marc... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Harold Wright and Richard Marcallus

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13 17
Joaquin Valdepenas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
gnicholls added

33
4 5
Gabriel Campos Zamora Minnesot... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Gabriel Campos Zamora Minnesota Orchestra Principal

34
3 4
António Saiote is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
João Paiva added António Saiote

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3 4
Yoonah Kim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Yoonah Kim

36
5 7
Dominique Vidal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Dominique Vidal

37
4 6
Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Philippe Cuper

38
3 5
Nuno Pinto is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
João Paiva added Nuno Pinto

39
25 38
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

40
5 9
Fabio Di Cásola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Fabio di Casola

41
4 9
Lajos Dudas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
El Dudas added Lajos Dudas

42
10 18
Margot Leverett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

43
14 24
Victor Goines is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

44
3 8
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Wilfried Berk added Wilfried Berk Classical, Choro

45
18 32
Vasilis Saleas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Vasilis Saleas Classical

46
13 25
Tale Ognenovski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
stevan-ognenovski added Classical music, Jazz

47
9 21
Antti Sarpila is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

48
11 26
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KarenHarker added American Roots; New Orleans Jazz

49
7 20
Paul Dunmall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Jazz, Bebop

50
11 28
Klaus Doldinger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Jazz, Film score