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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
Martin Fröst Chamber music, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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161 71
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Sabine Meyer Classical

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

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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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44 17
Alessandro Carbonare is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Alessandro Carbonare

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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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67 51
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stanley Drucker Classical

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Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Julian Bliss Jazz; swing; blues; classical

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45 34
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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Jose Franch Ballester is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
RobertCline added Jose Franch Ballester

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Andreas Ottensamer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Andreas Ottensamer

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Richard Stoltzman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Richard Stoltzman Classical music, Jazz

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Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Pete Fountain Dixieland

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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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Paul Meyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Paul Meyer

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

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44 48
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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Buddy De Franco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Buddy de Franco

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

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Annelien van Wauwe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Annelien van Wauwe

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

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Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Ken Peplowski Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland

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

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Phillip Berrot Principal Clari... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Phillip Berrot Principal Clarinetist, Orchestra de Paris

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Wilfried Berk added Olivier Patey, Principal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Boris Allehkverdyan LA Philhar... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Boris Allehkverdyan LA Philharmonic Principal

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3 1
Harold Wright is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Harold Wright

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Harold Wright and Richard Marc... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Harold Wright and Richard Marcallus

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Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Philippe Cuper

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Wilfried Berk added Kari Kriikku

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António Saiote is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
João Paiva added António Saiote

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2 1
Yoonah Kim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Yoonah Kim

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2 1
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

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2 1
Alexander Fiterstein Classical... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Alexander Fiterstein Classical, Chamber and Klezmer Soloist

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Dominique Vidal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Dominique Vidal

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Nuno Pinto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
João Paiva added Nuno Pinto

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Joaquin Valdepenas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
gnicholls added Joaquin Valdepenas

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Robert Marcellus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Robert Marcellus

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3 5
Lajos Dudas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
El Dudas added Lajos Dudas

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3 5
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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2 4
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Wilfried Berk added Wilfried Berk Classical, Choro

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9 14
Margot Leverett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Margot Leverett Classical

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13 20
Victor Goines is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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Alexandre Chabod is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Alexandre Chabod

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22 33
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

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1 5
Alain Toiron is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Alain Toiron

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16 26
Vasilis Saleas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Vasilis Saleas Classical

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9 17
Antti Sarpila is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Antti Sarpila Classical

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10 20
Tale Ognenovski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
stevan-ognenovski added Tale Ognenovski Classical music, Jazz

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Phil Nimmons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
gnicholls added Phil Nimmons