Laura Ardan has been the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Clarinet since 1982 and holds the endowed Robert Shaw Chair. She has been a featured soloist with the orchestra in works by Mozart, Weber, Debussy, Copland, Bernstein, Finzi, Rossini and Artie Shaw. She has also performed with the Cleveland Quartet on the ASO’s Summerfest series.
A student of Roger Hiller and Stanley Drucker, she attended the Juilliard School of Music on scholarships from both Juilliard and the Naumburg Foundation. Before joining the ASO, she was resident clarinetist and teaching artist at the Lincoln Center Institute for four years. She also played in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for two seasons. She has performed in the Tanglewood, Marlboro, and Mostly Mozart Festivals and as a guest artist in “Emanuel Ax Invites…” on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center. A frequent guest of the Atlanta Chamber Players and the Emory Chamber Music Society, she plays regularly at the Highlands Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina and the Grand Teton Chamber Music Festival in Wyoming. Her recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto [Naxos 8.559069] was released on the Naxos label in 2002.