Clarinetist David Howard has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1981, when, at age 25, he was hired by Music Director Carlo Maria Giulini. Over the last few seasons, he has performed and given master classes at international festivals in Tel Aviv, Vancouver, Helsinki, Beijing, and Stockholm. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Howard performed as a soloist in John Harbison’s Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet, and Strings under the direction of the composer; he was also the bass clarinet soloist in Iannis Xenakis’ Échange, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. 

Previously, Howard was principal clarinetist with the New Jersey Symphony and the New Haven Symphony. Since 1986, he has served on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In the 2012-2013 season, Howard served as acting Associate Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. To learn more about David Howard, visit