BIOGRAPHY & CREDENTIALS
FRANK KOWALSKY, the recently retired Joseph A. White Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University, has performed as principal clarinetist with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Naples Philharmonic, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwood Orchestra. He has also been a member of the United States Marine Band, the Colorado Philharmonic, and the Rochester Philharmonic.
Recent activities include a concert series as principal clarinet with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, a season as principal clarinetist with the Bellingham Festival, a tour to Sweden as guest soloist with the Florida State Winds, recital appearances in London and Manchester, UK, concerts and recording sessions in Prague, concerto and chamber appearances in Spain, and several nation-wide tours as a member of the Trio Con Brio.
His introduction of Scott McAllister’s “X—Concerto for Clarinet” to the clarinet community in 1998 led to the commissioning of McAllister’s concerto, “Black Dog”, which he premiered at Florida State University in 2003.
For twenty years he served as music director for the Tallahassee Ballet’s annual concert “Evening of Music and Dance”, working closely with choreographers and dancers. In August 2012 he was awarded the Honorary Member Award, the highest distinction from the International Clarinet Association.
His activities as a chamber musician have been extensive. He has played at Music At Gretna, The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and, from 1995 to 2010, as a regular member of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, both in the summers and in the “Winter Interlude”.
A member of the faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy for ten years, he joined the faculty at Florida State University in 1984 and retired in 2013. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Catholic University of America.