Biography: Elinor Rufeizen, Clarinet

Clarinetist Elinor Rufeizen has established herself as an exciting and refined international performer, active as a chamber musician and a soloist, extensively performing in the United States, Europe and Israel.

Highlights of her upcoming performances, Elinor will perform a wide chamber repertoire with principal players of The Cleveland Orchestra, Joshua Smith, Frank Rosenwein , Carolyne Warner and John Clauser in Reinberger Chamber Hall, Cleveland in February 2013.

Following her second summer as a resident artist at the world recognized Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, Elinor’s 2012 season includes performances with members of The Peabody Trio, violist Roger Tapping and violinist Nicholas Mann. She worked with internationally renowned musicians such as  pianist Gilbert Kalish, flutist Philippe Bernold and cellist Michael Kannen.

Elinor’s previous seasons included performances at the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival (Norway), Appeldorn Chamber Music Festival (The Netherlands), and the Sarasota Music Festival (Florida).

As a winner of the 2009 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, she performed the Penderecki Clarinet Concerto, and most recently, Elinor played and conducted the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the CIM Chamber Orchestra in Mixon Hall, Cleveland. Elinor also achieved the prestigious award given by the American-Israeli cultural foundation.

Active as a New-Music performer and interpreter, and having a wide experience in contemporary Music, Elinor performed and worked with living composers such as Philippe Hersant (France), Brett Dean, Steven Stucky, Maragaret Brouwer (USA) and Yehezkal Braun (Israel) and extensively performed contemporary repertoire in Norway, The Netherlands, Germany, USA and Israel.

Elinor worked with world-famous clarinetists such as Martin Fröst, Stanley Drucker, Giora Feidman, Franklin Cohen, Charles Neidich, Jon Manasse, Philippe Berrod, Ron Selka, Alexander Fiterstein, Dimitri Ashkenazi, Jonathan Cohler, Eli Eben, Alan Kay and Eva Wasserman-Margolis; and studied bass-clarinet with  Opera de Paris bass-clarinetist Jean-Nöel Crocq.

Having a wide interest in world-music, Klezmer, Jazz and Balkan Music, Elinor worked with percussionist Jamey Haddad and accordionist Merima Klijuco.

Elinor has been studying with world-renowned and principal clarinetist of The Cleveland Orchestra Franklin Cohen, who has tremendously contributed and highly influenced her music making.

Before completing her Bachelor’s from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Elinor has just finished studying at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, studying with clarinetist Philippe Berrod.