Chad Burrow

Associate Professor of Music


Clarinetist Chad Burrow has a multifaceted career as an educator, solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. The European press has said that Chad performs with “brilliant technique and tonal beauty mixed with an expressive ferocity.” Danish critic Henrik Svane described a performance as filled with “virtuosity, energy, and power without compromise.” The New York Times recently called a Carnegie Hall appearance in Poulenc’s Sonata as giving a “strong impression” and being a “bright and genial account.”

In 2009, Burrow was appointed to the clarinet faculty of the University of Michigan, where he teaches clarinet and chamber music and has served as the director for the Michigan Chamber Players. Additionally, he serves as co-artistic director for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma and is on the faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Alpenkammermusik Festival in Austria. Burrow is the current principal clarinetist with the Ann Arbor Symphony and regularly performs with the Detroit Symphony and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. He is also the former principal clarinetist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, Quartz Mountain Music Festival, and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, and a past associate professor of clarinet at Oklahoma City University.

Burrow’s recent concert engagements abroad have included concerts in Austria, Denmark’s Thy Chamber Music Festival, and Strasbourg, France; a recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; and Concerto appearances with the Taichung Philharmonic, the “Classic” Orchestra of Taichung, and the Shin Sharn Ensemble in Taipei. Recent performances in the United States have included appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall and with Chamber Music Northwest, as well as performances in a series of Benny Goodman centennial concerts in Carnegie Hall and Yale University. Other performances have included venues at Rice University, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, Northwestern University, the Music Mansion in Providence (RI), Notre Dame University, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas, the University of Texas in Austin, and Louisiana State University, among many others. He has also appeared at three International Clarinet Association conferences and the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium.

Burrow has recordings released by Albany Records, CD Baby, Centaur Records, and Wei Studios in Taiwan. A recent recording of Brahms and Schumann, with pianist Amy Cheng, was released on CD Baby. He is also the clarinetist with Trio Solari. The trio has had a regular touring schedule around the world since 2006. Trio Solari’s most recent recording, on the Centaur label, features works of Bartok, Khachaturian, Milhaud, and Edward Knight. A recording of William Bolcom’s Clarinet Concerto with the University of Michigan Symphony Band is awaiting release.

Burrow is the winner of prizes and awards from the 2001 Young Concert Artist International Competition in New York City, the 2000 Woolsey Hall Competition, the 2000 Artist International Competition, and the 1997 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Burrow serves as an artist for Backun Musical Services. He plays exclusively on Backun, MOBA clarinets.