Having settled in London, American clarinettist Ramon Wodkowski enjoys a busy performance career in the UK and Europe.
As an orchestral clarinettist Ramon has worked with ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductors including Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink, Heinz Holliger, and Pierre Boulez, and at venues including the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Salzburg Mozarteum. Recent engagements include performances as Guest Principal clarinet of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Manning Camerata, National Symphony Orchestra and Apollo Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to his orchestral work, Ramon is a committed chamber musician. He gives frequent solo and chamber music recitals across London, and performs regularly with his own ensemble, Trio Orfeo.
As a saxophonist Ramon has been involved professionally in a wide variety of musical contexts, ranging from classical to jazz/big band, latin and contemporary. He has performed with ensembles including the Royal Opera House Orchestra (Covent Garden), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra, recorded for BBC television and toured the United States extensively with Grammy Award winning dance bands.
Ramon studied for his undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and for his Masters Degree at the Yale University School of Music, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Lucy G Moses Scholarship.
A keen interest in the British clarinet tradition then brought him to the Royal College of Music in London, where he gained his Artist Diploma, was awarded the Frederick Thurston prize, and was the 2005-6 David Bowerman Junior Fellow.
Ramon's principal teachers have been Richard Hosford, Franklin Cohen, and David Shifrin.