NMS Clarinet Faculty
A native of Chicago, clarinetist Jack Marquardt is enjoying an active and versatile career in a variety of musical settings. In addition to WindSync, Marquardt is also a member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at the Spoleto USA, Pacific (Sapporo, Japan), and Aspen summer Music Festivals, as well with the Milwaukee, Cleveland and New World Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, he was a winner of Concerto Competitions at both Oberlin and Northwestern, most recently performing John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. A fierce advocate of new music, Jack has collaborated with many of the leading composers of our time, including Kaija Saariaho, Steve Reich, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Kyong-Mee Choi. He frequently performs with Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based new music ensemble, and studied at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Schwaz, Austria. His performances of new music have been featured on NPR's Performance Today and Chicago's WFMT classical music radio station, as well as been recorded on the Bridge, PARMA, and New Focus record labels. Committed to education, he served as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Concordia University in River Forest, and maintains a small private studio of high school clarinetists. His students have been prizewinners in the Midwest Young Artists Walgreen’s, American Protégé, and Concordia Concerto Competitions. He recently presented a recital and masterclass at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Marquardt holds degrees from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The University of Southern California, and Northwestern University. His principal teachers have been Richard Hawkins, Yehuda Gilad, and Steve Cohen.