Brad Whitfield, native of Birmingham, Alabama, is currently the Assistant Principal/Second clarinet of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the orchestra, he was a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, under the musical direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. During this time, he performed chamber music with artists such as Garrick Olhsson and toured with the orchestra to Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Harris Theater.
He has performed with professional orchestras all over the United States such as The Cleveland Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2019, Brad performed as guest Principal Clarinet of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand. In previous summers he has performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Central City Opera among others.
Brad received his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and his Master of Music from the University of Southern California. His primary teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Steve Cohen, and the late Danny Granados.