Clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, a native of Norway, has distinguished herself in chamber music, orchestral and contemporary music performance on the international stage.
Ms. Gythfeldt is considered one of the premier performers and promoters of avant-garde and experimental contemporary music. As a co-founder of PG2, a sound-art duo, Marianne collaborates with visual artist, Ashley Pigford to design original audio-visual pieces for presentation at multi-media conferences worldwide.
She is equally at-home in traditional, contemporary and alternative/cross-over genres, as a result of the extensive experience and training as clarinetist of Ensemble Sospeso and former member of the Naumburg award-winning group New Millennium Ensemble. Ms. Gythfeldt’s “exceptional ability with contemporary technique, and as a clarinetist who sings through the instrument with a traditionally beautiful tone,” lead to many collaborations with great soloists and musical innovators such as Alvin Lucier, Peter Serkin, Petr Kotik and the SEM Ensemble, and Paquito D’Rivera.
Highlights of recent seasons include a tour to Puerto Rico with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and a command performance with Zephyros Winds at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. From 2005 to 2013 Ms. Gythfeldt was associate professor of clarinet and chamber music at the University of Delaware. Recently she won the Delaware Division of the Arts established-artist award that launched a commissioning project of electroacoustic works, and a tour of electroacoustic music presentations in Delaware schools. She is now Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Brooklyn College.
Ms. Gythfeldt can be heard on recordings by CBS Masterworks, CRI, Albany, Koch and Mode Records; the 2005 Albany Records release of two solo clarinet pieces by Robert Morris; and as lead clarinet in the 2010 release of Joe Zawinul with Absolute Ensemble.