Avrahm Galper

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Avrahm Galper (born August 16, 1921 in Edmonton ; † 2004 ) was a Canadian clarinetist and music teacher.

Galper lived in Palestine until 1946. There he was a student of Tzvi Tzipine ; later he studied with Simeon Bellison in New York and at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Frederick Thurston . From 1947 he was a member, from 1952 to 1956 and from 1958 to 1973 principal clarinetist and until 1979 deputy principal clarinetist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra . He was also principal clarinetist with the CBC Symphony Orchestra (1951–64) and a member of the Canadian Opera Company orchestra . He has performed as a chamber musician and soloist, has given radio concerts and recorded, among others, Andrew Twa's Serenade for clarinet and strings (1952), John Weinzweig's Quartet for Four Clarinets (1971) and Béla Bartók's Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano (1974).

From 1951 to 1990 Galper taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto , from 1962 to 1990 at the University of Toronto . He also taught at Wilfrid Laurier University from 1988-89 and was visiting professor at Indiana University from 1989-90 . His students include James Campbell , John Rapson , Gwyll Williams and Michael Rusinek . He has authored two clarinet textbooks ( Clarinet for Beginners , Boosey & Hawkes 1970, 1976 and Clarinet Scales and Arpeggios , Boosey & Hawkes 1978, 1987), and arranged compositions by Antonín Dvořák , Francesco Geminiani and Edward Grieg for clarinet and piano and Sergei Prokofiev's overture on Hebrew themes for clarinet, violin and piano.


Individual evidence

  1. Avrahm Galper's Influence on Clarinet Pedagogy Jessica Carling Tse, University of Toronto, 2018, accessed November 7, 2019.