Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet
Silvio Guitian joins the Kansas City Symphony in the 2019/20 season as associate principal and E-flat clarinet. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Guitian attended Rice University, studying clarinet with Richie Hawley. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Richard Hawkins. Prior to his appointment with the Kansas City Symphony, Guitian was a 2019 fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and principal clarinetist of the 2018 New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. In 2018, he was a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra Academy in Sapporo, Japan. Guitian toured South America with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in 2017 and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA on their coast-to-coast tour in 2014. He also spent two summers at the National Orchestral Institute, where he was part of a Grammy® Award-nominated CD of American orchestral music produced by Naxos. Guitian was a winner of the Oberlin Concerto competition in 2018 and performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Oberlin Orchestra. He also has performed as a soloist on NPR’s “From the Top.” Guitian enjoys teaching clarinet, and he has worked closely with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras and the Asociación Nacional de Conciertos in Panama City.