2011 First Prize Classical Clarinet: Emil Khudyev

emil_portrdaitBorn in 1986 in Turkmenistan, Emil began his musical training under the auspices of the Moscow Conservatory.  At the age of 7, Emil was admitted to the Special Music School of Turkmenistan, then one of the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union. In the summer of 2001 Emil won a full scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Camp. While there, he was offered a full scholarship to study at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he then studied for four years with Nathan Williams. In 2005 Emil began further studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Franklin Cohen. In 2006, he was selected to participate in the Carnegie Hall Workshop Young Artist Concert under the great conductor David Robertson. After studies with David Shifrin at the Yale School of Music and Yahuda Gilad at the University of California, Emil is acting associate principal clarinet for the Kansas City Symphony. Emil’s Web site.