KATHRYNE PIRTLE, clarinetist, is also Executive Director of the Orion Ensemble, which she founded with pianist Diana Schmück and violinist Florentina Ramniceanu. Donald Rosenberg states, in a recent Gramophone review, “Clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle plays with seamless elegance, telling nuances and spacious tonal resources.”
Ms. Pirtle is principal clarinetist of the Lake Forest Symphony. Her other orchestral affiliations include the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Symphony. In 2004 Hal Leonard Corporation released her solo album of selected Bach unaccompanied cello and violin suites and sonatas transcribed for the clarinet by Himie Voxman, the first recording of these transcriptions.
Ms. Pirtle has also co-authored a book on nutrition utilizing traditional foods, Performance without Pain (2006), published by New Trends and an e-book, Acid Reflux—A National Epidemic and Precursor to Chronic Illness—Achieving Lasting Healing with Traditional Foods (2009). Since 2004, she has given workshops around the country with Dr. John Turner and appeared on numerous radio and television shows.
Kathryne teaches privately and gives master classes on clarinet and chamber music literature, pedagogy, and artist development. She has served on the faculties of Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, as well as Northern Illinois University, Bradley University, Indiana University and New Trier High School.
Ms. Pirtle has studied with Larry Combs, former principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and trained with Chicago Civic Orchestra. She also served as an outreach fellow with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and started a free chamber music series at Skokie Public Library.