Israeli born clarinetist Ran Kampel has been a top prize winner of several international competitions and featured on radio and TV stations in Germany, Israel and the US. He appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony and the Colorado College Music Festival Orchestra. Ran was featured in performances at the Residence of the President of Israel, the Israeli Consulate in LA, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival Mozaic and Sunset Chamberfest. During the summers, Ran has performed at Salzburger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, Lakes Area, Aspen, Norfolk, Colorado College and Sarasota music festivals.
Ran is currently a clarinet fellow with the New World Symphony, and also regularly performs with the New West Symphony in Los Angeles. Previously, he held the position of Interim Principal Clarinet with the Grand Rapids Symphony for their 2013-2014 season. A versatile chamber musician, Ran has collaborated with leading musicians such as Gilbert Kalish, Martin Chalifour, Richard Killmer, Frank Morelli, William Purvis, Kenneth Grant, and Scott Yoo.
An advocate of bringing music into the community, Ran enjoys leading chamber groups in performances that interact with a variety of audiences outside the concert hall. Ran has curated several Inside the Music concerts at the New World Center (which are available to stream online via New World Symphony’s MUSAIC), in which he invited the audience to explore and actively partake in the process of music making.
A teacher in high demand, Ran has lead many masterclasses around the world; including at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Academia Filarmónica de Medellín (AFMED) in Colombia and Givatyim Music Conservatory in Israel. In addition, he served as a Teaching Artist at low-income public schools in LA, teaching both clarinet and recorder classes.
Ran received his Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from USC Thornton School of Music with the Winds & Percussion Department Award. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction, Performer's Certificate and the Arts Leadership Program Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers were Yehuda Gilad, Jon Manasse, Andrew Brown, and Eva Wasserman-Margolis.
Outside the concert hall, Ran enjoys cooking, skiing, hiking, playing tennis and soccer.