Emil comes to Interlochen from Kansas City where he served as an acting associate principal clarinet, second clarinet and Eb clarinet, with the Kansas City Symphony. Emil has an extensive orchestral background having performed with many orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Opera Naples, New Haven Symphony and the Cleveland Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is also an active chamber musician performing with the Boetti Trio, Los Angeles Grand Ensemble, and with members of the Paris Opera.

In addition to his extensive performance career, Emil has been an active teacher, serving as assistant to Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles, teaching at the Colburn School Academy, Yale University, and Cleveland School of the Arts. Emil’s principal teachers have included Yehuda Gilad, David Shifrin, Franklin Cohen, and Nathan Williams. Emil graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and continued his studies with a bachelor's in clarinet performance from Cleveland Institute of Music, a master's in clarinet performance from Yale University, and a postgraduate diploma from the Colburn School.

In addition to winning his position with the Kansas City Symphony, in the past several years Mr. Khudyev has won the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, Yale Chamber Music Society Competition, the Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize at Yale, the Yamaha International Competition, the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize at Tanglewood, and the Fine Arts Award at Interlochen Arts Academy.