Cleveland Orchestra announces appointment of Afendi Yusuf as new principal clarinet

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Almost exactly two years to the day after the retirement of principal clarinet emeritus Franklin Cohen, the Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A prominent open position in the Cleveland Orchestra has been filled.

Almost exactly two years after the retirement of principal clarinet emeritus Franklin Cohen, the orchestra Thursday announced the appointment of Afendi Yusuf as its new principal clarinet.

Yusuf, a native of Ethiopia, begins his tenure with the orchestra and music director Franz Welser-Most in late September, at the start of the group's 2017-18 centennial season.

"It is an honor and privilege to join the Cleveland Orchestra," said Yusuf in a written statement released Thursday, citing his eagerness to collaborate with his "future colleagues, who have been equally warm-hearted and inspiring."

Yusuf's ascent was quicker than most. Where many artists work their way up the orchestral ladder, Yusuf landed his seat in Cleveland while still a student at the Conservatory of Music at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he earned a professional studies certificate.

Yusuf also holds a degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and an artist diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where he studied with Joaquin Valdepenas.

Cleveland may be Yusuf's first professional position, but he is far from inexperienced. Already he has appeared as a guest principal with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. He also has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and played at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.

"I am humbled by the orchestra's rich history and the profound influence of my predecessors," Yusuf said. "I cannot imagine a better environment for my personal and artistic growth."

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