The young American clarinetist Garrick Zoeter’s passionate and exciting way with the clarinet has been acknowledged around the world. The Boston Globe has described Mr. Zoeter as a clarinetist that “makes every note go through major life changes”, while that Yellow Springs News (Ohio) recently wrote that Mr. Zoeter’s “breath control, intonation, and range of dynamic shading were simply incredible.
A founding member of Antares and a native of Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Zoeter’s first serious studies were with prof. Gal Zauberman and NSO clarinetist William Wright. He received his Bachelors degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Charles Neidich and his Masters degree from Yale University as a student of David Shifrin. He made his solo debut at the age of seventeen in Weber’s Concerto #1 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has won numerous competitions including the International Clarinet Society International Clarinet Competition and the Yamaha Young Artist Competition. He has collaborated with such well known artists as clarinetist David Shifrin, violinist Juliette Kang, oboist Washington Barella, pianist Paulo Alveres, soprano Mariana Mihai, and Trio Solisti. An avid fan of contemporary music, Garrick has given the American premiere of works by such composers as Krystoff Penderecki and Betsy Jolas. He has had works written for him by John Mackey, Ezra Laderman, and Antonio Ribeiro.
Mr. Zoeter also performs extensively with his wife, soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter in concerts featuring a wide repertoire for soprano, piano, and clarinet. They regularly perform throughout South America in such venues as the Opera Houses of Manaus and Belem in Brasil.
A committed teacher as well as performer, Mr. Zoeter spends his summers teaching in Brasil. From 1997-1999 he was professor of clarinet at the Festival des Artes in Itu and from 1999 to the present he serves as professor of clarinet at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in the city of Fortaleza. While there he teaches and coaches clarinetists of all ages and collaborates with other artists from around the world in chamber music concerts, many featuring traditional Brazilian music. In 2001 he performed the Finzi clarinet concerto in Brasil as part of the Finzi centenary year and in 2002 the Rossini Introduction Theme and Variations as well as works by Messiaen, Brahms, Mackey and Freund with Antares which served as ensemble in residence at the festival. Mr. Zoeter also serves on the clarinet and chamber music faculty of Wesleyan University in Middletown Connecticut.