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Collins, Michael

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Collins, Michael, remarkable English clarinetist; b. London, Jan. 27, 1962. He commenced clarinet training when he was ten, and later pursued his studies with David Hamilton at the Royal Coll. of Music in London; later was a student of Thea King. While still a student, he attracted notice as winner of the BBC-TV Young Musician of the Year prize. In 1984 he made his debut at the London Promenade concerts as soloist in Thea Musgrave’s Clarinet Concerto, and that same year he appeared for the first time at N.Y.’s Carnegie Hall. In 1985 he became the youngest prof, ever appointed to the faculty of the Royal Coll. of Music. In 1988 he became principal clarinetist of the Philharmonia Orch. in London. In addition to his appearances as a virtuoso soloist with orchs., he also played in many chamber music settings and appeared in duo recitals with Mikhail Pletnev. His extensive repertoire, ranging from the masters to contemporary composers, showcases a musician whose virtuosity is equalled by impeccable taste. </p

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