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Christopher Jepperson


Principal Clarinet of the
National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia


B♭/A clarinet Zenit


“A game changer. They are real work horses but supple in the hand and absolute gems to the eyes. They tour with me from the cold high Andes at 3000 meters tosea-level and an eye watering 38° celsius and 77% humidity on the Caribbean coast and thenback again! The pads do not fail and I can only admire the wood selection and the natural seasoning process which only leaves the wood more lustrous now than the day I purchased them.They take whatever I throw at them in challenging acoustics where I have to blow at mymaximum to producing the most etherial triple pianos you could ask for. They are incredibly resonant with a color of sound that, as one listener commented, 'floats up above'. These Zenit clarinets are my new best friends.”


Christopher Jepperson, native of San Diego,California, holds a bachelors degree in music from Rice University and a Masters from Yale University. He was winner of the Texas Young Artists and has participated in the Festival at Sandpoint and at the Banff Centre forthe Arts in Canada and was a fellow at Tanglewood. He has been principal clarinet of the Philharmonic of Bogotá, theSymphonic Orchestra of Xalapa andAguascalientes Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. He premiered the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Diego Vega and the Concerto by Luis Antonio Escobar. He has been a memberof the Quintet of the Americas in New York where he has recorded with XLNT, MMC and OO Discs. Mr. Jepperson was a professor of clarinet at Javeriana University, Central University and the University Foundation Juan N. Corpas in Bogotá. He founded Clarinets of Colombia and helped to organize several clarinet festivals in Bogotá. In 2019 he recorded the Luis Escobar Concerto for the Banco de la Republica. Currently Mr. Jepperson is primer clarinet in the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and the OSNC Woodwind Quintet.

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