Principal Bass Clarinetist
Pittsburgh-born and educated, Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Bass Clarinetist Richard Page started musical studies at the age of eight, and at thirteen began lessons with former PSO Principal Clarinetist, Louis Paul, with whom he continued to study during his college years at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating from CMU with a BFA degree, he served as Principal Clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador, Central America. In 1978 he won the Bass Clarinet position with the PSO.
Richard was a founding member of both the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Chamber Soloists and currently serves as Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project. The ensemble performs widely in the Pittsburgh area and presents a concert series annually at the Andy Warhol Museum. The PCMP has recently recorded a CD featuring the music of composer Ezra Laderman, released on the Albany Records label. In February 2003, Page gave the premiere performances of Laderman's Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra, commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony.