Clarinet soloist Andrew Lamy has received consistent critical acclaim for his sweet, colorful tone, liquid phrasing, immaculate technique, and his energetic performance style. From Molter to Mozart to Debussy to Copland, Mr. Lamy is equally at home with traditional repertoire and contemporary American concerti, is co-founder of the ground-breaking "Mixed-Flock Orchestra Project", and has been engaged to premiere solo and chamber works of Lalo Schifrin, Ian Krouse, Jerome Kitzky, Gary Pratt, Laura Carnibucci, Trent Johnson, Paul Somers, Schulamit Ran, and Joelle Wallach.
In 1984 Aaron Copland called Mr. Lamy a "wonderful young clarinetist" in a letter reviewing his recording of Gary Pratt's lush film "score" for Pasture Songs. Then, in 1990, his solo career was launched with a standing ovation after a memorable Copland Concerto performance with the Debut Orchestra at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, of which Timothy Mangan of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Andrew's rock-solid technique in the Copland Clarinet Concerto allowed one to forget his mechanics and focus on the balletic gracefulness of his phrasing, the give and take with which he moved his music through the orchestral texture."
Soon after, Mr. Lamy was appointed solo clarinetist of the Debut Orchestra, the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, performed as soloist with the USC and CSUN Symphonies, and was subsequently offered positions with the Glendale Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Wayne Chamber Orchestra.
In 1995 Mr. Lamy became a top prize-winner of the Boosey & Hawkes North American Clarinet Competition, and since then has been engaged as concerto soloist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic, the Orchestra at William Paterson, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator Mr. Lamy has been engaged by such series as Merkin Hall, the Phillips Collection, Mondavi Concerts, Chamber Music Westchester, JCC Metrowest, Cape May Music Festival, Hobart Manor, Summertrios, L.A. County Museum of Art " Sundays Live" , Trinity Church of Manhattan, Neue Aula in Tuebingen, Agoura 2000 in Vienna, Royce Hall, the Burgdorff Cultural Center, and the NJSO at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Mr. Lamy has performed live broadcasts on K-Mozart in San Francisco and Los Angeles, performed more than ten times on Texaco Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcasts, is a founding member of the Halcyon Trio, and has collaborated with such groups as the Los Angeles Wind Quintet, the Charleston and Madison String Quartets, the Richardson and Gindi Chamber Players, the Lincoln Center Festival, and the Mad Coyote Ensemble. As a New York area artist, Mr. Lamy has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, the Concordia Orchestra, and the Royal Opera of London.
As a recitalist, chamber music coach, and guest master clinician, Mr. Lamy has been engaged by The Juilliard School, USC, CSUN, Occidental College, The Baylor School, Rutgers University, University of Tennessee, William Paterson University, Seton Hall University, Drew University, Bard College, California Institute for the Arts, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and the Walt Disney Youth Orchestra.
Birds of the Gambia, Inc.
In the off-season Mr. Lamy leads birding tours for "Birds of The Gambia, Inc." and works as a field ornithologist, studying song-learning and regional variation in birds of Eastern North America and West Africa.