Garrick Zoeter


American clarinetist Garrick Zoeter's passionate and exciting way with the clarinet has been acknowledged around the world. The Boston Globe has described him as a clarinetist that "makes every note go through major life changes," while the Washington Post recently described a recent performance of his with Antares as "an utterly commanding performance, technically superb and radiant with otherworldly majesty. All played with exceptional insight"


A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Zoeter's first serious clarinet studies were with Kenneth Lee and National Symphony Orchestra clarinetist, William Wright. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Charles Neidich and his master’s degree from Yale University as a student of David Shifrin. He made his solo debut at the age of seventeen in Weber's Concerto No. 1 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has won numerous competitions including first prize in the 2002 Concert Artists Guild Competition and the 1991 International Clarinet Society International Clarinet Competition.

Zoeter is a founding member of the acclaimed multi-award-winning clarinet, violin, cello, piano quartet, Antares ( With Antares, he annually gives performances around the United States at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Aspen Music Festival, Strathmore, Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, and Cincinnati Chamber Music Society. His work with Antares has also resulted in the commissioning and premiering of over 20 new quartets from several of North America’s top young composers, including Mason Bates, John Mackey, James Matheson, Dan Visconti and Carter Pann. Zoeter is also a frequent performer with such groups as Trio Solisti, The Ensemble for the Romantic Century, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Monadnock Music Festival, and the Post Classical Ensemble.

Zoeter also performs extensively with his wife, soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter, in concerts featuring a wide repertoire for soprano, piano and clarinet. They regularly perform throughout the world in such unique venues as the Opera Houses of Manaus and Belém in Brasil. Recent performances include a concert at the Teatrul Maria Filloti in Braila, Romania.

A committed teacher as well as performer, Zoeter currently serves as the Anna Lee Van Buren Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, where has been featured in concerto performances with the Wind Ensemble in Michael Daugherty's Brooklyn Bridge and Rossini's Introduction, Theme, and Variations and with the Symphony Orchestra in Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody and Strauss' Duet Concertino. He also performs frequently with the faculty Van Buren Wind Quintet. His students are featured on their own You Tube Channel:, which includes two videos, selected as the top clarinet You Tube Videos of 2010 by Clarinetcache.

Zoeter has recorded for the CRI, Newport Classics, Bridge, Innova, MSR Classics, and New Focus Recordings labels.


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