Clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga has quickly emerged as one of the leading performers and pedagogues of his generation. His 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, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle, 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, TGW in Guatemala, CBMF in Cuba, 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, ClariBogotá, ClariMania, College Music Society, Cranbrook Concert Series, Festival Internacional de Música Alfredo de Saint Malo, Fiesta de los Clarinetes, International Double Reed Society, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, Tutti New Music Festival as well as concerts in China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Panama, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad and the United Kingdom.
For the last decade he has been a member of the PEN Trio, which is a woodwind trio that regularly tours both in North America and abroad. In September 2019 Summit Records released Found Objects: New Music for Reed Trio, which includes new works, written expressly for the PEN Trio, 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 current season include concerts in Germany, Malaysia, Thailand as well as throughout the United States.
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, Fort Worth Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, New World Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, 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.
In the fall of 2018 he joined the faculty at the University of North Texas as Associate Professor of Clarinet. Dr. Paglialonga is an artist for both Buffet Crampon and Gonzalez Reeds. More information about Dr. Paglialonga is available at www.SqueakBig.com.
Found Objects: New Music for Reed Trio
by the PEN Trio:
Nora A. Lewis, oboe
Phillip O. Paglialonga, clarinet
Eric Van der Veer Varner, bassoon
5*4*3 (except after C) (2013) by William Bradbury (b. 1956)
1. Freely, Quietly
4. Suspended, gently
5. Forceful, dynamic
Found Objects: On the Beach (2013) by Jenni Brandon (b. 1977)
6. Tumbled Stones
7. Kelly Green Sea Glass (solo Clarinet)
9. Black Feather on the Sand
10. White Sea Glass (solo Oboe)
Found Objects: New Music for Reed Trio is now available from TrevCo-Varner Music, Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify