Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Michele Zukovsky has appeared many times as soloist with the Philharmonic, both at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Music Center. She has been a guest soloist with many orchestras around the world, including the world premiere performance of John Williams’ Clarinet Concerto with the Boston Pops. Zukovsky also performs regularly at the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society concerts, and she has participated in several premieres as a soloist with the orchestra’s New Music Group.
She has collaborated with a number of chamber ensembles, most notably the Angeles and the St. Petersburg String Quartets, and has appeared frequently in 92nd Street Y’s “Concerts at the Y” and at the Ravinia, Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, Lochinhaus, Schlesswig-Holstein, and Marlboro festivals. She was solo clarinetist at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and played the Mozart Quintet at the memorial for Pablo Casals.
Zukovsky is active as a teacher of master classes throughout the world, and she is currently on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. She studied clarinet with her father, Kalman Bloch, himself a former principal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Michele Zukovsky has recorded for London/Decca, Avant, Nonesuch, Philips, and Summit Records. Her recent Summit recordings include works by Martinu and transcriptions of pieces by Simon Bellison, the former clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic.