Lawrence London, Clarinetist & Composer
did his undergraduate work at Harvard and earned a Master's degree in
composition at Mills College. He studied with Darius Milhaud, Terry Riley and
Lou Harrison. He has played clarinet in all of the Bay Area's professional
orchestras. He teaches music at Ohlone and Merritt Colleges. His compositions
have been performed at the Aspen and Cabrillo Music Festivals, by the Oakland
Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony chamber series. Larry London has
contributed as a composer, arranger or performer to over fifty films.
"Ten years ago I was in a recording studio..."
“Ten years ago I was in a recording studio on a film project, and I heard Victor Romasevich during a break in the session playing a beautiful melody on viola. When I asked him about it, he told me it was “Concertino” by Iosif Andriasov and was originally written for clarinet. I’m a clarinetist, so I ordered the music right away, started to practice it and discovered in it an exhilarating, original personality. Since then I’ve had the pleasure to perform the work in public six times, once even with Arshak Andriasov in Rochester at an all-Andriasov concert. I look forward to playing it again in the near future.
It’s a compact work, only about seven minutes long, but there’s a range of expressive qualities in it, and every time I approach it, it seems fresh and new. The music also has real audience appeal, and even if they are unaware of an implicit inner narrative, it always receives a strong response in performance. What a wonderful addition to our solo literature it is!”