Amitai Vardi

Amitai Vardi

Assistant Professor - Clarinet
Office Location:
Room E106 Center for the Performing Arts
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Clarinetist Amitai Vardi, an avid soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician, was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Kent State University. Vardi made his solo debut at the age of sixteen with the Madison Symphony Orchestra as a first place winner of the Steenbock Young Artist Competition. He has since won several concerto competitions, including the Round Top International Festival Competition, The Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, and the Agnes Fowler Competition. In addition, Vardi has been a featured soloist with the Spoleto Symphony Orchestra, and performed the North American premiere of Srul Glick's concerto, The Klezmer's Wedding, with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Vardi began his studies with Eva Wasserman-Margolis, James Smith, and Linda Bartley. He later received his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Eli Eban, and his Master of Music degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music, as a student of Franklin Cohen. Mr. Vardi pursued his post-graduate studies with Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles.

Vardi has extensive teaching experience both at the college level and with youth.   He was on the faculty at the University of Akron teaching both clarinet and chamber music from 2008-2012. During that period he has also been the Director and Conductor of CityMusic Kids, an El Sistema type program in inner-city Cleveland.

His enthusiasm for chamber music has led to performances across the United States, South America, Europe, and his native Israel. Vardi is a member of the Black Squirrel Winds featuring the woodwind faculty at Kent State University. He is featured in several chamber music CDs, and later this year will appear on a recording with his father, cellist Uri Vardi.

As an orchestral player, Vardi served as principal clarinetist of Red {an orchestra}, and Lyric Opera Cleveland. He currently holds positions with Opera Cleveland, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, City Music Cleveland, and Blossom Band and Orchestra. Vardi has performed with many orchestras, including the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, with which he performed dozens of concerts and has toured to New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Miami.

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