Premieres and Commissions

Dr. Campbell is recognized as a leading virtuoso interpreter and performer of new music. He has had pieces written expressly for him by some of today's most distinguished composers as has helped to launch talented young composers. The list of commissions and premiered works includes works by American composers Elizabeth Hoffman, Shulamit Ran, Benjamin Broening, Augusta Read Thomas, Bruce Saylor, Robert Schectman, Brain Balmages, Colby Leider, by numerous Canadian composers including Andrew MacDonald, Paul Douglas, Talivaldis Kenins and John Weinzweig, and by international composers, Natasha Barrett, Norway, Yoko Kubo, Japan, ChinChinChen USA/Taiwan, Pieter Snapper USA / Turkey, Jean-Louis Petite, France, Federico Ermirio, Italy, Carlo Galante, Italy, and Roberto Cognazzo Italy.

Campbell's CD Premieres! features new pieces written expressly for him by: Shulamit Ran (Pulitzer Prize winner), Bruce Saylor, (Distinguished Composer City University of NY) Pieter Snapper (Composer in Residence, MIAM Istanbul, Turkey), Augusta Read Thomas (Chicago Symphony Composer in Residence), and Andrew MacDonald (Juno Award winning Canadian composer). Reviews in the official journal of the International Clarinet association regarding the premiere recording Three Scenes for Solo Clarinet by Shulamit Ran state, "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.

About Campbell's world premiere recording of Augusta Read Thomas' from Icarus with GustO the ICA journal writes "The musicianship and clarinet playing are superb."

Campbell's commissions demonstrate both his virtuosic capacity for the entire gamut of musical styles and his dedication to building the repertoire. The range of works written for him is vast. He has successfully premiered everything from the intensely avant-garde to popular jazz works. His work as a jazz musician during his student days allows him to include improvisatory works in his repertoire. He has worked with several electro-acoustic composers and is currently planning an entire CD of electro-acoustic works.

Campbell is committed to supporting worthy new works beyond their debut. He has taken pieces written for him around the globe, with acclaimed premiere performances and broadcasts in France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, China, and Turkey as well as, of course, throughout the US and Canada. He has introduced new music at several key festivals and has performed featured recitals of new works at the International Clarinet Festival in Washington DC, at the Atlanta Clarinet Association Festival, and at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. Several works written for Campbell have been performed by other artists at major conventions, have been the topic of doctoral projects at various universities, and have an established place in the clarinetists' professional recital repertoire.

Campbell's work with new American Music was recognized with the prestigious American Artist Abroad Award. His first tour to Turkey was under the auspices of the United States Department of State and he was also a featured honored guest of the United States Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. In addition to his critically acclaimed CD Premieres! on Gasparo Records, Campbell's new music recordings are also featured on Music from the Third Practice, Centaur Records, and Music from the ICA published by the International Clarinet Society.

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