A long-time advocate of new music, F. Gerard Errante has enjoyed a performance and recording career spanning decades.  A native New Yorker (Brooklyn), he began his music career like so many do – in a public school music program.  His love for music and his aptitude for woodwinds drove his pursuit of music all the way to college.  Most of his family had advanced careers in medicine; Gerry’s calling was music.  He became a dedicated student and scholar of music first at Queens College (BA), then at Wisconsin, (MA).  He did his doctoral work at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and completed his DMA there in 1970.

The late 60s and early 70s were a time of musical growth and musical experiment unlike ever before.  The warp of the acoustic world began weaving a fabric with the woof of electronics and visuals creating a fertile landscape for experimentation and creativity.  Gerry’s activities at Michigan included study and performance of experimental music in both solo and ensemble forms, and set the stage for his heralded career in New Music.

Gerry soon adopted the philosophy that the music emerging from this era forward would contribute to the body of literature for the clarinet.  To this end, he tirelessly toured the globe playing live concerts, recording for radio stations internationally, and presenting master classes.  The odometer on his clarinet and electronic equipment had to be replaced several times during his touring years, as he traversed the globe from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Gerry no longer maintains a rigorous touring and teaching schedule, but remains very active mentoring, coaching, and playing.  He continues to broaden his personal horizons while he continues to be a dynamic advocate for new music.

Albums

New Music For Clarinet…Another Look

Release Date: August 12, 2016
Catalog Number: RR7941
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Clarinet
Electronic
World-renowned clarinetist F. Gerard Errante’s latest Ravello release NEW MUSIC FOR CLARINET … ANOTHER LOOK is a retrospective compilation of avant-garde works previously recorded by Errante in the LP era. These innovative works of the late 20th century, mostly written for or dedicated to Errante, display his wide-ranging mastery and consummate musicality in an idiom that is challenging as well as engaging and compelling.
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The Lyric Clarinet

Release Date: February 25, 2014
Catalog Number: RR7886
20th Century
Romantic
Chamber
Clarinet
Piano
THE LYRIC CLARINET, the new release on Ravello Records, showcases a collection of works, originally for voice, which are transcribed, arranged, and performed by international performing and recording artist F. Gerard Errante. Errante selected compositions from German, French, and North and South American composers that illustrate the affinity between the clarinet and the human voice.
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Shadows of Ancient Dreams

Release Date: August 7, 2012
Catalog Number: RR7852
20th Century
Avant-Garde
Electroacoustic
Flute
Percussion
SHADOWS OF ANCIENT DREAMS was originally released in 1997, and features clarinetist F. Gerard Errante performing the works of Charles Bestor, Robert Scott Thompson, Todd Winkler, Douglas Quin, and Michael Lowenstern.
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Electric Clarinet

Release Date: August 7, 2012
Catalog Number: RR7851
20th Century
Avant-Garde
Clarinet
Electroacoustic
ELECTRIC CLARINET was originally released in 1991, and features clarinetists F. Gerard Errante and Burton Beerman performing the works of Jane Brockman, Beerman, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Errante, and Thea Musgrave.
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