Gary Gorczyca, Clarinet

A founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, clarinetist Gary Gorczyca is a ubiquitous presence on Boston’s classical music concert scene. Mr. Gorczyca has appeared as a soloist with the Angelica International Festival and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and performs frequently with Boston Midsummer Opera, Odyssey Opera, and Back Bay Chorale. He can be heard on many recordings on the BMOP Sound label, including Bernard Rands’ Canti Trilogy, Lee Hyla’s Lives of the Saints, and as a soloist on Elliot Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto. He also played on composer Marti Epstein’s recent recording, Hypnagogia, with the Ludovico Ensemble.

A frequent collaborator with composers and sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Gorczyca was a member of the Boston Musica Viva and the Fromm Players at Harvard, and has performed at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, with Callithumpian Consort, the Firebird Ensemble, Sound Icon, and the North Country Chamber Players. For the past several seasons he has performed with VentiCordi Chamber Music, winner of the 2016 and 2017 Down East Magazine’s reader’s choice award.  This past season, he was honored to perform in New England Conservatory’s First Monday series.

For many years he was a first call substitute with the Boston Symphony, where he received solo bows in Symphony Hall for Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid and Carnegie Hall for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Additionally, he has toured throughout the United States and Japan with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and appeared on their nationally televised 4th of July special for several years, performing with Steven Tyler and David Lee Roth, among others.

Gary Gorczyca began his musical career on the heels of an education from New England Conservatory, Boston University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shortly afterward he received fellowships to attend the Norfolk Chamber and Contemporary Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded a Jackson Prize for outstanding musical achievement. When not performing, he volunteers for many causes, including the Pan Mass Kids Ride, Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry, Boy Scouts of America, and recently donated his time to do a David Bowie/Phillip Glass benefit concert for cancer research with the Ambient Orchestra at MIT.  

Mr. Gorczyca is pleased to be performing several concerts this season with Collage.

Photo Credit: Susan Wilson Photography