J. Lawrie Bloom

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

A ver­sa­tile play­er, J. Lawrie Bloom has been heard in cham­ber, orches­tral and con­cer­to appear­ances on sopra­no clar­inet, bas­set clar­inet and bass clar­inet. He began study­ing piano at four and switched to the clar­inet at nine. He con­tin­ued stud­ies at the Colum­bus Boy­choir School, with whom he toured the U.S., Cana­da and Japan, singing and play­ing the clar­inet. At that same time on clar­inet he came under the guid­ance  of Roger W. McK­in­ney, lat­er study­ing with Antho­ny M. Gigliot­ti.

Lawrie has per­formed at the Ambler, Grand Teton, Ravinia, Skaneate­les and  Spo­le­to fes­ti­vals, and the Most­ly Mozart Fes­ti­val in New York. Lawrie toured with the Orpheus Cham­ber Orches­tra, and has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Chester, Chica­go Sym­pho­ny, and Mendelssohn String Quar­tets, the Chica­go Cham­ber Musi­cians, and mem­bers of the Ridge, Ori­on and Ver­meer string quar­tets. He has been heard many times in live con­certs over the air­waves of WFMT in Chica­go, and in live recital for the Aus­tralian Broad­cast Com­pa­ny. He con­tin­ues as clar­inetist and Artis­tic Co-Direc­tor at the Chesa­peake Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val, and and as Co-Direc­tor of the Chesa­peake Cham­ber Music Com­pe­ti­tion.