Catherine Hudgins is one of the kindest people on the planet and will always make you feel comfortable in her presence. She also has the world’s largest lungs for her stature, which she uses to spin sounds made of pure color.
Clarinetist Catherine Hudgins began her career in Caracas, Venezuela with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Caracas, later holding positions in the Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas, the Charleston Symphony, and the Boise Philharmonic. Ms. Hudgins performs frequently as an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in Boston and at Tanglewood, as well as on international tours and at Carnegie Hall, and can be heard on recordings with the BSO, including the Grammy-award-winning performance of Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe. She is the Eb clarinetist with the Portland (ME) Symphony, and principal clarinetist of the Plymouth Philharmonic. She has performed in the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Matsumoto, Japan, and the Mito (Japan) Chamber Orchestra, all under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. While performing in Matsumoto, she participated in the Grammy winner for best opera recording of 2016. Other festival appearances as an orchestral player include the Spoleto Festival and Arizona Musicfest.
She has performed with many of the world's leading conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kurt Masur, James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, and Seiji Ozawa. Performing in opera and ballet orchestras, she served as principal clarinetist for the National Lyric Opera for several seasons and as principal clarinetist for the 75th Anniversary Tour of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Additional opera and ballet performances include those with Seiji Ozawa's Tokyo Opera Nomori, Martha Graham Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, and the London Festival Ballet.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Hudgins serves as the Artistic Director and clarinetist of the West Stockbridge Chamber Players, a group that she founded in 2010. Additional chamber music concerts include performances at Assisi Performing Arts in Assisi, Italy, and the Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto, Rockport, Saito Kinen and Scotia Festivals. Her chamber music performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, German Radio, RAI (Italian Radio), SCETV, and CBC, among others. She studied clarinet with Robert Marcellus, and lives in Boston with her husband, BSO principal clarinetist, William Hudgins. For more information, see www.catherinehudgins.com