Hailed for performances that "sparkled with high-spirited virtuosity" (The New York Times), David Dworkin is in great demand as conductor, clarinetist, and educator.
Much of Mr. Dworkin's career has been devoted to working with young people. For fifteen years, he was deeply involved with the University of Vermont Summer Music Session, conducting its orchestra and coaching literally hundreds of gifted instrumental students. His tenure as Music Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra was highlighted by a much-acclaimed tour of Russia. For over ten years he was conductor of the Pre-College Division Orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music, where he also taught chamber music and clarinet at that institution). Mr. Dworkin conducted the Philharmonic on the Hudson for fifteen years, overseeing its transition from a college orchestra to professional status, and leading the orchestra in its enthusiastically-received Carnegie Hall debut. He has also conducted the New Jersey, Vermont, and Manhattan Symphony Orchestras in subscription, family, and young people's concerts. Mr. Dworkin conducted Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera" on CBS Television, and recently served as Conductor and Artistic Consultant to three PBS Television documentaries in the series "Grow Old With Me": "The Poetry of Aging", featuring Richard Kiley, Julie Harris, and James Earl Jones among many others. He is the creator of CONDUCTORCISE, which combines an aerobic workout with basic conducting and listening skills and is now touring throughout the country.
Mr. Dworkin served as Principal Clarinetist of the American Symphony Orchestra under its legendary founding Music Director, Leopold Stokowski. He later performed for many years with with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, working with Herbert Von Karajan, Karl Boehm, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Sir Colin Davis, Erich Leinsdorf, and many other illustrious conductors. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Dworkin has performed throughout the world, including four Carnegie Recital Hall chamber and solo recitals, and was a member of Musicisti Americani, based at the Sulmona, Italy summer festival. With New York Philharmonic Principal Bassoonist Leonard Hindell, he recently revived Peter von Winter's "Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon".
David Dworkin is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied clarinet with Daniel Bonnade and Robert McGinnis, and conducting with Jean Morel. He also earned graduate degrees in music and music education from Columbia University.