Principal Clarinet, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Amsterdam
"I use D'Addario Reserve Classic Reeds because of their flexibility, homogeneity in all registers and great feeling with the dynamics!"
Calogero Palermo is the Principal Clarinet of the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Winner of the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest and of many other achievements in Italian clarinet competitions, he has an intense solo career where he performs with orchestras such as Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Thailand Philharmonic, North Czech Philharmonic, and Orchestra Sinfonica LaVerdi di Milano.
For many years, he’s been a member of the Quintetto di fiati Santa Cecilia - Concertgebouw and collaborated with many other chamber musicians and groups. His repertoire, ranging from Mozart to the contemporary, also includes authors who have composed pieces dedicated to him such as Luis Bacalov, Renato Chiesa, and Claudio Cimpanelli.
Many of Calogero’s performances have been broadcast by radio and television stations including RAI, Vatican Radio, Romanian National Television, Radio Clásica RNE, Radio France, RadioTre, France Musique, RaiTrade and NPO Radio 4.
On top of performing, Palermo dedicates himself with particular passion to teaching activities, which involve him in numerous masterclasses, both in Italian and international conservatories. He is regularly invited to the annual courses of the Accademia Scatola Sonora in Rome and to the summer courses of Ticino Musica and Musica Riva Festival.
Additionally, Palermo has recorded for B.M.G. Ricordi, Riverberi Sonori, Fonè, Gutman Records, Brilliant Classics, BIS Record, and many others. He is also the author of the didactic text Soli d'orchestra for clarinet with piano accompaniment, published by Riverberi Sonori.