First clarinet

Alessandro Carbonare

“OM must play again because it is a way to spread Claudio’s musical soul in the whole world”

Alessandro Carbonare - First clarinet

Alessandro Carbonare has been a member of the Orchestra Mozart since its creation. He feels as if the Orchestra carried the soul of Abbado’s conception of music and, because of this, it cannot sink into oblivion. The Orchestra needs to come back. Alessandro Carbonare started playing the clarinet because his father, who loved music, raised his interest. He really enjoys the friendly atmosphere of the Orchestra, a most unique distinctive trait. He thinks that this Orchestra is really important, as it is composed of young musicians as well as more experienced ones, all animated by strong motivation and by the willingness to play together.


Alessandro Carbonare, born in Desenzano del Garda (Italy), is principal clarinet of the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2003. Prior to this, for 15 years he lived in Paris where he served as principal clarinet of the Orchestre National de France.

Carbonare was awarded many international music competitions around the world, among others, Geneva in 1990, Prague in 1991, Toulon in 1991, ARD Munich in 1991 and in 1992, and Paris in 1992. His concerto appearances include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the National Orchestra of Spain, the Oslo Philarmonic Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, the Wien the Sinfonietta, the Orchestre National de France, the Berlin Radio Orchestra and all major Italian orchestras. As principal clarinet Carbonare also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Personally invited by Claudio Abbado, he played with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and under him has live-recorded the Mozart clarinet concerto K622 for Deutsche Grammophon, which won the 49th Record Academy Awards 2013. Many other recordings are available, such as “Alessandro Carbonare, the Art of Clarinet” for Decca.

Alessandro Carbonare plays not only classical music but also Jazz and Klezmer in several occasions and with different high calibre musicians. He is an active member of FESNOJIV in Venezuela, teaching music for free to hundreds of poor young people in Caracas. He often works together with many famous musician friends, such as Leonidas Kavakos, Pinkas Zuckerman, Alexandre Lonquich, Lang Lang, Martha Argherich, Paquito D'Riveira, Luis Sclavis, Enrico Pieranunzi and Stefano Bollani.

Carbonare is professor at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and during summer courses at Accademia Chigiana di Siena.

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