Breaking: Philharmonia lands a principal clarinet

Breaking: Philharmonia lands a principal clarinet


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2019

Carlos Ferreira of the Orchestre National de Lille has won the audition for principal clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

Carlos, who’s from Porto, is a former Academy player at the Concertgebouw.





  • FrauGeigerin says:

    Isn’t Mark van der Wiel with the Philharmonia anymore?

    • Single Reed says:

      Yes, but it is a shared post.

    • Axl says:

      I think it’s just other principal post – just like in LSO, Berlin Phil, Concertgebouw and many many more orchestras. Normal system in Europe. In Philharmonia there is two principals in many sections like oboe, bassoon etc

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Listening to his Mozart on YouTube. This guy is a wonderful player and plays with amazing beauty. Check it out. Congrats for winning this important job!

  • Bernard says:

    His astonishing solo that distinguished one of the lesser known extracts of Swan Lake at yesterday’s matinee was a show-stopper. Great news!

    • Alexander Hall says:

      Amazing breath control that ended in a miraculous morendo as well. It is very encouraging that an EU citizen, and a finalist at the recent ARD competition, has decided to take up a position with a British Orchestra in this uncertain will-we-won’t-we-exit limbo situation. And it is also a cap in the feather for the Philharmonia in advancing the cause of diversity.