Dean LeBlanc, clarinet
Clarinetist Dean LeBlanc has been performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as an Associate Musician since 1998. He enjoys a versatile performance career as an orchestral musician and has performed as a guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, Bard Music Festival, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed with the MET Chamber Ensemble, the New York Chamber Music Festival, and the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! Series to include a few.
Mr. LeBlanc has recorded for Decca, Atlantic, Telarc, New World Records, and EMI labels as well as for numerous major motion picture soundtracks. He can be heard on two of the MET’s Grammy Award winning recordings, including The Tempest where he played Principal Clarinet and on Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle as a section member.
Mr. LeBlanc holds a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate Award, and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers have included Kenneth Grant, Franklin Cohen, and Ricardo Morales. Mr. LeBlanc is a Selmer Artist, a Backun Artist, and also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of the Juilliard School.