A native of Akron, Ohio, Randy Klein began clarinet studies at age 10 with Robert Cole. Other teachers include Theodore Johnson, former clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Edward Marks, former Professor of Clarinet at Bowling Green State University. In 1975, he was admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied clarinet with Anthony Gigliotti, former principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Klein is one of the few graduates from Curtis to have received both a Bachelor in Music Performance and an Artist’s Diploma. While studying in Philadelphia, he was called upon several times to play in the clarinet section of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Klein has performed as the Principal Clarinetist with the Canton Symphony since 1996. Prior to this engagement, he also served as Principal Clarinetist of the Columbus (OH) Symphony, The Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, and La Orquesta Filharmonica de Bogotá. Mr. Klein has appeared as soloist and in recitals in the United States, Europe and South America including a recital in the presidential palace for the President of Colombia. In 1985, The American Red Cross awarded Mr. Klein a Certificate of Appreciation for organizing a benefit concert for African Famine Relief in which he engaged Joseph Silverstein to conduct and Martina Arroyo, noted Metropolitan Opera soprano as soloist with musicians from the Oklahoma Symphony.
Mr. Klein has served on the faculties of Central State University (Oklahoma) and at the Oklahoma Christian College. In addition, he has served on the faculty and performed at the National Music Camp held during the summers in Interlochen, Michigan. His former students have gone on to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as well as hold positions in other professional orchestras. Mr. Klein has also performed at the Spoleto Festival dei duo Mondi, as well as at the Blossom, Breckenridge and Elkhorn music festivals.