An eclectic and versatile performer, clarinetist Chris Grymes’ playing has been described as “brilliant” (The Clarinet), and “eloquent...animated and free of any interpretive self indulgence” (The Strad). Most recently, Mr. Grymes was praised by The New York Times for his “acuity” and The Baltimore Sun for his “admirable technical and expressive strengths”.
Equally at home in chamber, orchestral, and new music, Mr. Grymes is currently a member of the New York-based chamber ensemble Concertante. In addition, from 2002-2005 he was principal clarinetist of the Winston-Salem Symphony, served as bass clarinetist with the North Carolina Symphony from 2005-2011, and has performed with the Boston Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Utah Symphony, as well as many other orchestras throughout the United States. Mr. Grymes has also been a featured performer at the Third Practice Electro-Acoustic Music Festival and the NewMusic@ECU Festival.
A strong proponent of the process, creation, and performance of new music, Mr. Grymes has commissioned and premiered many new works ranging from pieces for solo clarinet to concertos with orchestra. From 1999-2001 he was a member of Tales & Scales, a quartet of young musicians/actors dedicated to bringing quality new music, movement, and storytelling to young audiences across the country. He was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra and a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Grymes' first clarinet teacher was F. Edward Knakal in Virginia Beach, VA. He has also been a student of Avrahm Galper, Eli Eban, Nathan Williams, and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. He served as a tenured member of the faculty at the East Carolina University School of Music from 2001-2011. Mr. Grymes is the founder of Open G Records, and currently lives and works in New York, NY.
Watch Chris' practice sessions and occasional PS4 gaming here.