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Classical The Best Clarinetists in the World  

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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.

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218 82
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
180 75
Sabine Meyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Sabine Meyer Classical

3
53 19
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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78 42
Charles Neidich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Charles Neidich Classical

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48 19
Alessandro Carbonare is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Alessandro Carbonare

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86 55
Sharon Kam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Sharon Kam Classical; chamber

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33 12
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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72 55
Stanley Drucker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stanley Drucker Classical

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105 88
Julian Bliss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Julian Bliss Jazz; swing; blues; classical

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47 38
Giora Feidman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Giora Feidman Klezmer

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43 35
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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56 49
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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60 55
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Pete Fountain Dixieland

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30 25
Béla Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Béla Kovacs Swing; jazz

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26 22
Paul Meyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Paul Meyer

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7 1
Boris Allehkverdyan LA Philhar... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Boris Allehkverdyan LA Philharmonic Principal

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16 12
Philippe Cupper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
JoshuaKirkevold added Philippe Cupper

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15 11
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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9 4
Annelien van Wauwe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Annelien van Wauwe

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22 20
Andrew Marriner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Andrew Marriner Classical

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6 1
Harold Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Harold Wright

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6 2
Robert Marcellus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Robert Marcellus

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5 1
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Wilfried Berk added Olivier Patey, Principal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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5 1
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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44 49
Hüsnü Şenlendirici is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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5 2
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Wilfried Berk added Kari Kriikku

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4 1
Harold Wright and Richard Marc... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Stuart Maclean added Harold Wright and Richard Marcallus

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4 1
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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25 28
Ken Peplowski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Ken Peplowski Swing music, Traditional pop music, Dixieland

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4 2
Philippe Cuper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Wilfried Berk added Philippe Cuper

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3 1
Gabriel Campos Zamora Minnesot... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Glen W Peterson added Gabriel Campos Zamora Minnesota Orchestra Principal

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3 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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3 1
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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17 19
David Krakauer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
David Krakauer Klezmer, Classical music, Jazz

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23 27
Gervase de Peyer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Gervase de Peyer Classical music

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5 4
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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3 2
Nuno Pinto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
João Paiva added Nuno Pinto

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12 14
Joaquin Valdepenas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
gnicholls added Joaquin Valdepenas

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4 6
Fabio Di Cásola is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Fabio di Casola

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10 15
Margot Leverett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Margot Leverett Classical

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14 21
Victor Goines is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World

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3 6
Lajos Dudas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
El Dudas added Lajos Dudas

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2 5
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Wilfried Berk added Wilfried Berk Classical, Choro

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22 34
Acker Bilk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Acker Bilk Pop music, Trad jazz, Easy listening

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1 5
Alexandre Chabod is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Alexandre Chabod

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16 27
Vasilis Saleas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Vasilis Saleas Classical

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1 6
Alain Toiron is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Edy Zahnd added Alain Toiron

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9 18
Antti Sarpila is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
Antti Sarpila Classical

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11 21
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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3 11
Phil Nimmons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Clarinetists in the World
gnicholls added Phil Nimmons