Hollywood clarinetist James Kanter will visit UF April 11-12, 2014 and will lecture on his Hollywood career and life in the movies. UF Professor of Clarinet Mitchell S. Estrin will interview Kanter on Friday, April 11 from 12:50-1:40 p.m. in Room 101 in the Music Building. This event is free and open to the public.
During his more than 40 years as a clarinetist in Los Angeles, Kanter has performed in nearly 1,500 motion picture scores and hundreds of TV shows. Some of the many composers he has worked with include John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, John Debney, James Newton Howard, Randy Newman, James Horner, Mike Post and Alan Silvestri. His playing is prominently featured on such film scores as Seabiscuit,Benny and Joon, As Good as it Gets and Nine Months. Kanter served on the music department faculties of University of California, both the Santa Barbara and Irvinecampuses, and California State University Northridge. He performed as principal clarinetist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, theJoffrey Ballet Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo Mozaic Festival Orchestra. He was also a chamber musician throughout his career.
Retired since 2007, Kanter continues to handcraft “James Kanter” clarinet mouthpieces on a limited basis and actively plays golf.