Once called "the most recorded clarinetist in American Academia," Charles West's recorded repertoire ranges from standard to avant-garde, on the Klavier, Wilson Audiophile, Centaur, CRI, Crystal, and he is heard on a Grammy Award-winning Telarc CD. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and President of the International Clarinet Association. West's professional career includes thirty years as Principal or Bass Clarinet in six orchestras, teaching positions in three North American universities, and guest professorships and performances in South America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and China. He is Coordinator of Winds & Percussion at Virginia Commonwealth University, artist-clinician for the Buffet Group, Conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Central Virginia, and is principal author of Meredith Publishing's "The Woodwind Player's Cookbook: Creative recipes for a Successful Performance." In 2011 he received VCUArts' highest faculty award, the Award of Excellence.