Trevor O’Riordan, clarinet
When did you begin to play your instrument?
I started clarinet in 6th grade, when I was 11 years old.
Where did you study your main instrument; with whom?
I received my Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2001 and 2003 respectively. I studied with Jon Manasse.
When did you join ESO?
I joined the ESO in 2017.
What other orchestras have you played with/do you play with now?
I am Principal Clarinetist with both the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Illinois Philharmonic, and Second Clarinetist with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. I also joined the Chicago Philharmonic in 2019 and have played with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.
What was your most memorable ESO performance?
The Nutcracker is possibly my favorite piece of classical music, and is something I watched and listened to all the time as a kid. To have an opportunity to play the full ballet in Elgin with my colleagues was something I’ve been looking forward to since I was 11.
What are some of your interests, and how are you passing the time?
I love to read all kinds of literature, and my wife Diane and I make time each day. Most days start Watching movies, listening to music, and making sure my two kids stay busy!