Victor Chavez, clarinet
October 10, 2021
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Squires Recital Salon
Victor Chavez, Jr. is a Mexican-American, fifth-generation musician from El Paso, Texas and Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has studied with Larry Combs, Guy Deplus, Jon Manasse, Julie Deroche, Kenneth Grant, Richard Shanley, and Alan Olson. Upon completing his Bachelor's degree in Music Education, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Lusk Fellowship, which allowed him to study in Paris, France under the tutelage of Guy Deplus, former soloist of L'Opera de Paris and teacher of the Conservatoire National Superior de Paris. While in Paris, Victor was principal clarinetist of the Orchestre des Universites de Paris and conducted his Fulbright research in pedagogy, performance practice, and literature.
As an active free-lance clarinetist, Chavez has performed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Belton Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, and Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series. He is currently the principal clarinetist of the Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, New York and principal clarinetist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Johnson City, Tennessee.