A member of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty since 1995
Hailed by the international media for his "high-powered, electrifying performances," Eli Eban was appointed principal clarinetist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Lukas Foss upon graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. Soon thereafter he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Zubin Mehta. During his tenure with the Israel Philharmonic, he performed and recorded all the major orchestral repertoire with the world's leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel, and Michael Tilson-Thomas.
Eban frequently was the featured soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, also performing concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the City of London Sinfonia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Israel Camerata/Jerusalem, among others. In high demand as a chamber musician, Eban has been a guest artist with the Alexander, Audubon, Orion, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv and Ying quartets and was a frequent participant of the Marlboro Music Festival. While at Marlboro, Eban was selected by legendary violinist Sandor Vegh to be the first wind player to perform at the prestigious International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove in England.
His recordings for Meridian Records, London, were cited by critics as being "full of life and highly sensitive." Additionally, he has recorded for the Saphir, Crystal and Naxos labels and was a member of "Myriad" a chamber ensemble formed by members of the Cleveland Orchestra. He often has traveled to Eastern Europe to perform and teach at the invitation of the European Mozart Foundation.
Eban was a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music for two years before joining the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he holds the distinguished rank of Rudy Professor. His former students are pursuing active solo careers and have won orchestral positions in Israel, Denmark, Korea, Poland, Singapore, and South Africa. In the U.S. they can be heard in the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, New Mexico, Toledo,The New World Symphony and in the premier service bands of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.
Eban divides his time between his duties as a distinguished ranks Rudy professorship at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, touring as a soloist and chamber musician, and serving as the principal clarinetist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Acting Principal of the Israel Camerata/Jerusalem. His summers are spent performing and teaching at the Sarasota Music Festival and playing principal clarinet in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
More about Eban's performance activities may be found at www.elieban.com.