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 also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Lincoln Center Festival, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, 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, Skaneateles Festival, Windham Festival, 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 including the Emmy Award Winning HBO Miniseries Mildred Pierce and the Oscar Winning Film True Grit. 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 and serves on the Adjunct Faculty of the Juilliard School.