Michael Lowenstern, widely considered one of the finest bass clarinetists in the world, has performed, recorded and toured as a soloist and with ensembles of every variety.
Lowenstern has written music for concert, film, dance and various other new media over the span of his 25-year career. His collaborations have included remixes for the landmark recording “In C Remixed,” featured on NPR’s RadioLab, Michael Gordon’s video opera “Chaos” and various dance works with David Lang. And he has performed with ensembles as diverse as the Steve Reich Ensemble, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Klezmatics. To date he can be heard on over fifty CDs, including six solo recordings of his own.
He trained at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Eastman School of Music, Stony Brook University and the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, studying clarinet and bass clarinet with Charles Neidich, Harry Sparnaay, Richard MacDowell and John Bruce Yeh.
He serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School and the Juilliard School. And when he’s not doing all that, Michael is dreaming up advertising for brands like Mentos and Pepsi — But never in combination, because that’s explosive — as the VP & Managing Director of Digital Advertising at R/GA New York. His diverse awards range from a Webby in 2009 for Pepsi’s “Dear Mr. President” campaign to Second Prize at the International Gaudeamus Contemporary Music Competition back in 1991.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family.