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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.

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248 94
Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

2
201 86
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

3
71 24
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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84 46
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

5
57 26
Alessandro Carbonare is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Alessandro Carbonare

6
91 61
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical; chamber

7
35 15
Andreas Ottensamer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Andreas Ottensamer

8
75 59
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

9
110 94
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Jazz; swing; blues; classical

10
54 42
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Klezmer

11
47 38
Jose Franch Ballester is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
RobertCline added Jose Franch Ballester

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63 58
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Dixieland

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58 53
Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical music, Jazz

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31 28
Béla Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Béla Kovacs Swing; jazz

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51 52
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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27 25
Paul Meyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Paul Meyer

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18 16
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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16 14
Philippe Cupper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Philippe Cupper

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7 3
Harold Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Harold Wright

20
7 3
Boris Allehkverdyan LA Philhar... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Boris Allehkverdyan LA Philharmonic Principal

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10 7
Annelien van Wauwe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Annelien van Wauwe

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22 22
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

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6 4
Robert Marcellus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added

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6 4
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Wilfried Berk added Kari Kriikku

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5 3
Phillip Berrot Principal Clari... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Phillip Berrot Principal Clarinetist, Orchestra de Paris

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5 3
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Wilfried Berk added Olivier Patey, Principal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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5 3
Alexander Fiterstein Classical... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Alexander Fiterstein Classical, Chamber and Klezmer Soloist

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25 30
Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland

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18 21
David Krakauer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

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4 3
Gabriel Campos Zamora Minnesot... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Gabriel Campos Zamora Minnesota Orchestra Principal

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4 3
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 16
Joaquin Valdepenas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
gnicholls added

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3 3
António Saiote is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
João Paiva added António Saiote

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3 3
Yoonah Kim is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Yoonah Kim

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23 30
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical music

36
5 6
Dominique Vidal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Dominique Vidal

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4 5
Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Philippe Cuper

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3 4
Nuno Pinto is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
João Paiva added Nuno Pinto

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25 37
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

40
4 8
Fabio Di Cásola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Fabio di Casola

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10 17
Margot Leverett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

42
14 23
Victor Goines is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

43
3 8
Lajos Dudas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
El Dudas added Lajos Dudas

44
18 30
Vasilis Saleas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Vasilis Saleas Classical

45
13 23
Tale Ognenovski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
stevan-ognenovski added Classical music, Jazz

46
2 7
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Wilfried Berk added Wilfried Berk Classical, Choro

47
9 20
Antti Sarpila is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical

48
11 25
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KarenHarker added American Roots; New Orleans Jazz

49
7 19
Paul Dunmall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Jazz, Bebop

50
1 7
Alexandre Chabod is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Alexandre Chabod