Clarinetist Jerry Chae, the current professor of Korea National University of Arts, was the principal clarinetist of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra until 2012. Prior to these positions he served as tenured principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and professor of YeungNam University in Korea. Mr. Chae studied with Ricardo Morales at The Juilliard School in New York City where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. As a soloist, Mr. Chae performs numerous recitals regularly in the United States, Russia, Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea.
He has made solo concerto appearances with many prominent orchestras including Seoul Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic, Khabarovsk Orchestra, Orchestra Franco-Belga of Brussels and KBS Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Mr. Chae joined the Marlboro Music Festival and is a member of the KumHo Chamber Music Society in Korea. He often performs with the Seoul Spring Festival, and the Great Mountain Festival in Korea. Mr. Chae was invited to play as guest principal clarinet with the Philadelphia orchestra and has toured Europe and North America (17countries) playing with the UBS Verbier Festival orchestra. He has served as 2nd and Eb clarinetist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and was appointed as principal clarinetist of the LA Opera by maestro James Conlon.
Also Mr. Chae has performed as guest with many orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Malaysian Philharmonic. Mr. Chae has won many international competitions including 1st prize from the 15th international clarinet competition “Ciudad de Dos Hermanas” in Spain as well as a special prize from the prestigious Concours de Genève (Geneva Competition) in Switzerland.
In 2014 he was selected as a jury member of the « Jacques Lancelot international clarinet competition » in Yokosuka, Japan. Currently, Jerry Chae is a Buffet Crampon clarinet artist and Vandoren artist.