David Gould’s clarinet playing has been characterized as “elegant” and “virtuosic”. He has been a featured concerto soloist in America and Europe in works by Debussy, Mozart, and Strauss. Mr. Gould has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is currently third clarinet and bass clarinetist with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra in New York City. He has performed under the direction of many of today’s leading conductors such as Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, John Nelson, Krzystof Penderecki, David Robertson, Gerard Schwartz, and Leonard Slatkin.Mr. Gould is committed to the music of his time and has given numerous world premieres including works by David Bixler, Paquito D’Rivera, Christian Ellenwood, Hayes Greenfield, Sean Hickey, and Ranny Reeve.As a chamber player he has performed with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the iO String Quartet, Nancy Allen, Philippe Cuper, Carol Wincenc, and the Polish Wind and String Players Ensemble. He founded Ensemble 54, the NYC based clarinet quartet. He has taken part in the recording sessions for the soundtracks of major motion pictures and documentaries including the Coen brother’s remake of True Grit, Extremely Loud and Intolerably Close, and Building Alaska for PBS.He has given master classes, concerts, or lectures at many prestigious schools such as the Colburn School, the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan.Mr. Gould has edited and corrected etudes by Labanchi for International Music Diffusion (IMD) and recorded for Naxos, Mode Records, and MSR Classics.He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, having studied with Stanley Drucker and David Weber, and was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, to study music in France. He studied privately with Jacques Lancelot. Living three years in Paris, David Gould studied at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in the class of Michel Arrignon and later at the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles in the class of Philippe Cuper. He completed both Superior and Honor level studies earning unanimous first prizes with special felicitations of the jury.Throughout his performing career Mr. Gould has had a significant relationship and concurrent professional career working with Vandoren, the French manufacturer of the world’s finest reeds and mouthpieces. For close to fifteen years he has aided in the development of new products as well as their marketing and promotion. He serves as the Artist-Relations manager, product specialist, and is the director of the Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in midtown Manhattan for DANSR inc.