Boris Allakhverdyan

Faculty, Interlochen Clarinet Institute

Principal Clarinet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Boris Allakhverdyan was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. Prior to this, he was Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony for four years. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a founding member of the Prima Trio (www.primatrio.com), the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal winner of the prestigious 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

First-prize winner of the Hellam Competition, the Tuesday Musical Competition and the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Boris Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommen Festival in Germany and the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy.

An active educator, Mr. Allakhverdyan serves on faculty at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and has given master classes at Mannes School of Music, Oregon University, University Missouri-Kansas City, Truman State University, Colorado Music Festival and Latin American Clarinet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela. As a chamber musician, Boris Allakhverdyan has performed throughout the United States and Europe on such series as Chicago Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Athenaeum, Dumbarton Oaks, the Dayton Art Institute, CityMusic Columbus, Da Camera Society, Fontana Chamber Arts and Cleveland Chamber Music Society.

As a Buffet Group Artist and Vandoren Performing Artist, Mr. Allakhverdyan performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren reeds.