Just in: Cleveland names Ethiopian principal clarinetmain
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.