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Laurence Liberson
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A native of Detroit, Laurence Liberson has been Assistant Principal Clarinet and E-flat clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1981. His early training on the clarinet began at age ten with Detroit-area clarinetist Nicholas Cannici. Subsequent studies were with Herbert Couf, former Principal Clarinet of the DSO; Dr. William Stubbins at the University of Michigan; and Paul Schaller, also a former DSO Principal Clarinet with the DSO. Liberson received his bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan. Prior to his appointment to the DSO, Liberson served as Principal Clarinet of the Grand Rapids Symphony for five seasons. There, he was featured in solo and chamber works, including performances of the Copland Concerto and the Mozart Sinfonia concertante. He has also been featured as a soloist with the DSO, performing Debussy’s Premiere rapsodie. Active in the Detroit area as a recitalist and a chamber musician, Liberson has been a member of Detroit Chamber Winds since its inception in 1982, and has participated in the Casals Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Lucerne Easter Music Festival and the Bravo! Colorado Music Festival. Additionally, he teaches privately and has presented master classes in clarinet and chamber music at such diverse places as the Universities of Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, and Buffalo, Western Michigan University, Cornell University and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He has also performed on several critically acclaimed recordings of chamber and orchestral music. In his spare time (whatever that is), Larry enjoys reading, films, crossword puzzles, bicycling, skiing, in-line skating and cooking. His greatest claim to fame, however, is taking 2nd Prize in a statewide chocolate cake baking contest!