Chris Grymes

Chris Grymes, clarinetist with the NS Ensemble and curator of Open G Series will present on the topic of Musical Citizenship and Collaboration.

Grymes describes his session: What does it mean to be a good artistic partner as a performer and how do you create and expand upon your musical communities? Performers who play a lot of new music have the unique opportunity to build relationships and friendships with the composers who write music for them. Creating and expanding these circles of friends and co-citizens of our musical world is critical not only for the creation of new art, but in creating entirely new structures both inside and outside of the traditional structure of the music industry.


A powerfully virtuosic and multifaceted clarinetist, Chris Grymes’ playing is “eloquent. . .animated and free of any interpretive self-indulgence” (The Strad) and “scintillating in its energy and technique” (The Clarinet). Chris is a musician with a stunningly broad portfolio: a tenured professor, a principal orchestral clarinetist, a concerto soloist, a chamber musician, a commissioning collaborative artist, and now the founder of his own indie classical label, Open G Records. At Open G Records, Chris oversees and curates a collective of musicians, composers, and recording engineers, dedicated to the old-school craft of creating and performing classical music.

Recent collaborators of American composer, conductor, and pianist Jeremy Gill include conductors JoAnn Falletta, Stuart Malina, Steven Osgood, Gil Rose, and Jaap van Zweden; pianists Ching-Yun Hu, Orion Weiss, and Shai Wosner; the vocal sextet Variant 6, and the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet. In recent seasons the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Chautauqua, Dallas, and Harrisburg Symphonies have each commissioned his compositions, as have The American Opera Project, Chamber Music America, Concert Artists Guild, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the American Composers Forum. Jeremy has received major awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and BMI, and grants from New Music USA and Arts Council England.

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