Just in: Cleveland names Ethiopian principal clarinet

Just in: Cleveland names Ethiopian principal clarinet


norman lebrecht

August 10, 2017

The Cleveland Orchestra has just published the name of Franklin Cohen’s successor as principal clarinet.

His name is Afendi Yusuf and this is his first principal position.

From his bio: Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, clarinetist Afendi Yusuf has appeared as guest principal with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto and Cincinnati symphony orchestras.  He is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Brott Music Festival, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program. Since the summer of 2016, he has been a participant of the Marlboro Music Festival.


  • herrera says:

    Hmmm. On paper, his resume doesn’t betray anything extraordinary… no prizes, no tenured position… His single youtube video is like his resume…

    Well, I’m sure Cleveland and FWM picked the best.

  • Anthony Kershaw says:

    Just named a Classical hotshot under 30 or something or other up here on the CBC. Grad of Sir Walfrid Laurier University!

    That’s two Canucks in the section.