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Lawrence Dobell: Principal Clarinet
Anne Arcus & Terrey Arcus AM Chair.

Lawrence Dobell was born in Melbourne and studied clarinet at the Victorian College of the Arts. He was Principal Clarinet with the Australian Youth Orchestra for four years, touring to China in 1979. In 1982 he won the Victorian State Finals of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, and the same year was appointed to the Sydney Symphony, becoming Principal Clarinet in 1985. In 1987 he represented Australia in the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo, and in 1989 a Churchill Fellowship enabled him to undertake a tour of the United States and Europe, to study the woodwind sections of the great orchestras of Chicago, Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam.

He has appeared as a soloist for the Sydney Symphony on numerous occasions, including many performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, 11of these under Stuart Challender. He gave the Australian premiere of Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto in 1989, performing it again in 1997 under Marin Alsop, and the Sydney premiere of Brett Dean’s Ariel’s Music in 2001. He also featured as a soloist in the orchestra’s 1995 European tour, performing Berio’s Concertino with concertmaster John Harding. In 2000 he played Berio’s Sequenza IX for solo clarinet in a concert featuring all the Berio Sequenzas, and in the orchestra’s 2003 Contemporary Music Festival he performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Reinbert de Leeuw and members of the orchestra.

Other solo appearances with the orchestra have included Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes, and Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs under Mark Elder He has also performed Krommer’s Double Concerto, Donald Martino’s Triple Concerto for clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet, Richard Strauss’s Duet-Concertino and the Mozart Sinfonia concertante for winds. In 2010 he was a featured soloist in concert with Sting.

Lawrence Dobell has also performed as a soloist with the Melbourne and Adelaide symphony orchestras and the AYO. As a chamber musician, he has been a member of the Seymour Group and the Australian Wind Virtuosi, and appeared as a guest artist at the Huntington Festival.
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