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The Best Clarinetists in the World  

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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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Martin Fröst is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
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
Classical
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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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Roeland Hendrikx is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Ian Goodman added Roeland Hendrikx

 

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Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical
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Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical; chamber
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Andreas Ottensamer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Andreas Ottensamer
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Alessandro Carbonare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Alessandro Carbonare
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Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Klezmer
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Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Jazz; swing; blues; classical
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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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Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Dixieland
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Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical
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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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Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical
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Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
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Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Classical music, Jazz
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Boris Allehkverdyan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Boris Allehkverdyan

LA Philharmonic Principal

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Harold Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Harold Wright
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Paul Meyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Paul Meyer
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Robert Marcellus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added
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Ricardo Morales is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Prentiss McDaniels added Ricardo Morales
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Buddy De Franco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Buddy de Franco
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Jon Manasse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
cavumine added
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Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland