Biography
Internationally acclaimed clarinetist, Arthur Campbell has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, has performed in some of the world's most prestigious venues, and has a celebrated solo recording career. Reviews in preeminent classical music publications over the past two decades have consistently celebrated Arthur Campbell as one of the world's leading clarinet virtuosos. Campbell was nominated this fall, with pianist Helen Marlais, for the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical musicians today. Spring 2012 saw Germany's classical music magazine Fono Forum select the Campbell/Marlais duo for the "Star of the Month" award, and Stereo Magazine selected their most recent recording as "CD of the Month." In 2010, The New York Times hailed Campbell as an "eloquent soloist" following his Merkin Hall concerto debut, and in 2007, his recording Brahms: Clarinet Chamber Music, won critics choice awards in Luxembourg, France, and Spain. Campbell has received extensive domestic and international critical acclaim. (See Press) Campbell's classical recordings are exclusively with the German Audiophile label Audite. (See Recordings) His most recent recording with Audite, Quartets for Clarinet and Strings by Carl Stamitz was recorded in Munich in November 2011 and released in February of 2013.

In addition to his highly praised performances of the standard canon, Arthur Campbell is recognized as one of the foremost champions of contemporary repertoire of his generation. He has recorded contemporary repertoire releases for Everglade Records, Centaur Records, Gasparo Records, and the ICA recording Project. The official journal of the International Clarinet Association, regarding the premiere recording of Three Scenes for Solo Clarinet by Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran states, "The performance of this work is exceptional. Campbell's tone, phrasing and dynamic contrast really portray the essence of this piece, a work which will most likely become a standard in the clarinet repertoire." More recently, Campbell's live performance of Benjamin Broening's Radiance at the 2011 National SEAMUS Convention was selected for the Best of SEAMUS award. Campbell has had pieces written expressly for him by some of today's most distinguished composers as well as younger composers whom he has helped to launch. (See Premieres and Commissions)

Also in great demand as a master teacher, Dr. Campbell has presented master classes at top pedagogical institutions literally throughout the world. (See Masterclasses) Campbell received the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied with renowned clarinetist and pedagogue Robert Marcellus. Campbell has won several international and national competitions (See Awards) and holds the distinction of being one of only three people ever to have completed a doctoral degree as a student of the late Marcellus. A native of Canada, Campbell grew up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, where he studied at the Mount Allison University Conservatory of Music. Home base is now Grand Rapids Michigan with his wife, pianist and renowned piano pedagogue, Dr. Helen Marlais (www.HelenMarlais.com). Campbell is Artist Faculty and Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University, where he has built a thriving studio of clarinet students from around the corner to around the globe.

 

Selected Press Quotes:

Music for Clarinet and Piano; Audite
After the recording of Brahms works in 2007 (Supersonic Award, Pizzicato), the American clarinet virtuoso Arthur Campbell continues his collaboration with Audite. The perfectly balanced chamber music atmosphere of this recording, the sensitive dialogue between the clarinetist and pianist, are striking. The program, with works of German, French, and British composers spanning two centuries, shows the multiple facets of the clarinet and the wonderful moods it can engender. And that's what Campbell is about, too. He doesn't want to show off, he is concerned about expression, and with that he is helped by what one must call an outstanding art of coloring [shading]. In Schumann's Fantasy Pieces at least, but also in the sonatas of Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Arnold he succeeds in making every movement a small evocative tone picture.
Pizzicato Magazine (Luxembourg), January 2012

Music for Clarinet and Piano; Audite
Stereo Magazine CD des Monats
(CD of the Month), January 2012

Music for Clarinet and Piano; Audite
... “clarinetist Arthur Campbell plays various works for clarinet and piano so exemplarily as one seldom hears...”
Fono Forum, Star of the Month April 2012

Music for Clarinet and Piano; Audite
“Campbell virtually fuses with the tone of the piano (Helen Marlais), which results in an interpretation of impressive inclusiveness. Seldom has one so clearly observed the bubbling substructure of the piano part of Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73 and, thereby, seldom have the Schumann pieces been played so elegantly and delicately. And seldom has the clarinet part in Debussy’s Premier Rhapsody been seamlessly joined with the impressionistic piano tones. Campbell’s and Marlais’ playing is always exact, elegant, without excess. The beauty of this genuinely joint playing is so engaging that it seems to lack for nothing.”
Fono Forum, Star of the Month April 2012

Mr. Green’s Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, revised from an earlier work for saxophone and string orchestra, opened with a relaxed lyricism reminiscent of Hollywood’s take on Copland’s music... ...Arthur Campbell was the eloquent soloist, sounding especially strong in his rich lower register.
The New York Times, March 9, 2010

In Mr. Lifchitz’s “Night Voices No. 16,” for clarinet, strings and percussion, Mr. Campbell was more clearly the focus. Unaccompanied for long stretches, his clarinet sang, purred and growled ornate soliloquies during the fitful work, as strings murmured and a percussionist punctuated the flow.
The New York Times, March 9, 2010

“That brings us to the American school, which has managed to produce, in my opinion, the finest clarinetists of all—Stanley Drucker, David Shifrin, Richard Stoltzman, Harold Wright, and let us not forget Benny Goodman; and now Arthur Campbell can be added to this prestigious list.”
Fanfare Magazine Issue 30:6 July / Aug 2007

“The Brahms chamber works featuring clarinet are magnificently played by Canadian-born Arthur Campbell. A beautiful recording!”
— ClassicalCDReview (R.E.B. March, 2007)

“a perfect realization of the variety of atmospheres that Brahms characterizes in the score”
— CD Compact, (Spain) Recomendado Award

"Campbell finds a beautiful instrumental balance for a musical message of remarkable expressive wealth."
Opus (France) Magnifique Award

"Despite all his classicism, the music of Brahms speaks first to the heart. This is certainly the case with this recording of major works for the instrument of warm-hearted sonority, that is the clarinet, which Brahms was very keen on."
Pizzicato Magazine, (Belgium) Supersonic Award

"The American and French instrumentalists succeed absolutely convincingly here in their interpretation, stirring for both heart and mind - especially in Surround Sound.“
Ensemble Magazine, Germany

"...Campbell shines in the opening of the F Minor Sonata (1894), where he infuses the chromatic lines with dark passion, abetted in each figure by pianist Frances Renzi. In the more subdued passages, the two make for some expressive intimacy on a high order of execution – potent rainy-day music."
Audiophile Audition

“This [CD] is quite wonderful. Campbell, a Canadian native who studied with Robert Marcellus, is a terrific player with excellent breath control and pure, non-wheezy tone.”
— American Record Guide May/June 2007, Vol. 70, No. 3

"Opus 120, Nos. 1 & 2, ...have been recorded by a number of artists over the years, none better than this collaboration between Arthur Campbell and Frances Renzi. This may be THE definitive recording of these two beautiful sonatas."
BandDirector.com

"For ambiance, intimacy, and audiophile presence in your Brahms library, you need only acquire this fine disc."
Audiophile Audition

"Campbell takes his opportunities to full advantage in the sonatas. His expression recalls that of his great master teacher, Marcellus."
—The Clarinet - December 2007

“Campbell’s lucid tone and spot-on intonation make for
a performance that is easy to listen to. He takes it beyond
the workmanlike, with some of the tenderest playing one
could wish for.”
—The Clarinet - December 2007

“This trio performs expertly together, and one senses they are enjoying the music to the fullest. ...Campbell shines in the opening of the slow movement. He relishes the chance to show off his silky, soft sound. “
—The Clarinet - December 2007

"They [the Brahms Sonatas and Trio] are offered to us by young soloists who, with clarinetist Arthur Campbell in the lead... have succeeded in capturing their most profound essence."
Scherzo Magazine (Spain), June, 2007, No. 220

"a remarkable overall performance"
Le Monde de la Musique, France, 01.03.2007

“American clarinetist Arthur Campbell turns in polished performances of the sonatas, with Frances Renzi a sympathetic associate artist. Their accounts emphasize the dreamy beauty of Brahms' writing, and Campbell's variation of tone is quite beguiling in and of itself.”
— www.musicweb-international.com, December 2007

“...all the players deserve high praise for bringing these late, autumnal works to life so beautifully.”
— American Record Guide May/June 2007, Vol. 70, No. 3

"This latest entry then into a highly crowded field is highly recommended for exquisite playing, enhanced by a wonderfully warm and perfectly balanced recording."
— Fanfare Magazine Issue 30:6 July / Aug 2007

"The Trio in A minor, Opus 114 features internationally known clarinetist Campbell and French compatriots Meyer and Raclot. All play with sensitivity, passion, and flawless technique."
BandDirector.com

"The performance of this work is exceptional. Campbell’s tone, phrasing and dynamic contrast really portray the essence of this piece, a work which will most likely become a standard in the clarinet repertoire.”
—The Clarinet, September 2001, review of the World Premiere recording of Shulamit Ran’s Three Scenes for Clarinet

"The musicianship and clarinet playing are superb."
—The Clarinet, September 2001 review of the World Premiere recording of Augusta Read Thomas’ from Icarus with GustO

"Wonderful tone and clear phrasing result in
a very expressive performance."
—The Clarinet, September 2001 review of Premieres!


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