Clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga has quickly emerged as one of the leading performers and pedagogues of his generation. His new book, Squeak Big: Practical Fundamentals for the Successful Clarinetist was released in August 2015 by Imagine Music Publishing and has garnered significant praise from leading clarinetist including prominent members of the orchestras in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and San Francisco, as well as stellar reviews in several major publications.
As a performer he has appeared on four continents and regularly appears throughout North America and abroad. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, as well as several other regional radio and television stations. He has visited dozens of universities to present recitals and classes, and is regularly invited to perform at venues around the world. Recent highlights include performances at Bellas Artes Guatapé, ClarinetFest, College Music Society, ClariBogotá, Cranbrook Concert Series, International Double Reed Society, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, Tutti New Music Festival as well as concerts in Colombia, Spain, Thailand, and Trinidad.
He is a founding member of the PEN Trio, which is a woodwind trio that regularly tours both in North America and abroad. In the summer of 2015 the trio recorded its debut album, Found Objects, in New York City, which is slated for release in 2016. The album includes new works by composers William Bradbury, Jenni Brandon, M. Shawn Hundley and Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn. In partnership with TrevCo Publishing, the group also curates the PEN Trio Collection, which makes new works as well as critical editions of existing works available to a wider audience. Highlights of the 2015 PEN Trio season include concert tours in China, Florida, Hong Kong, Texas, and Trinidad as well as a residency at Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina.
As an orchestral musician he has been a member of the Haddonfield Symphony, Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Walt Disney World Orchestra. He has also appeared with numerous other orchestras including the: Charleston Symphony (SC), Chicago Civic Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, Florida Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony, New World Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and Windsor Symphony (Ontario). He has also participated in numerous summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and Lake George Opera in Saratoga, New York.
Dr. Paglialonga is on the faculty of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. During the summer months he is on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan where he frequently performs both with the Festival Orchestra and in various chamber music groups. He also serves as the Editor for the International Clarinet Association’s E-Newsletter. Dr. Paglialonga is a Gonzalez artist and performs exclusively on Gonzalez GD reeds.