Assistant Principal Clarinet and E-Flat Clarinet
DSO member since 1981
A native of Detroit, Laurence Liberson has been Assistant Principal Clarinet and E-flat Clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1981.
His early training on the clarinet began at the age of 10 with Detroit-area clarinetist Nicholas Cannici. Subsequent studies were with Herbert Couf, former Principal Clarinet of the DSO, William Stubbins at the University of Michigan, and Paul Schaller—also a former DSO Principal Clarinet. Liberson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan.
Prior to his appointment to the DSO, Laurence served as Principal Clarinet of the Grand Rapids Symphony for five seasons. There he was often featured in solo and chamber works. He has also soloed with the DSO on a number of occasions.
Active in the Detroit area as a recitalist and a chamber musician, Laurence has been a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings since its inception in 1982, and has participated in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Casals Festival, the Lucerne Easter Music Festival, and the Bravo! Colorado Music Festival. Additionally, he teaches privately and has presented master classes in clarinet and chamber music throughout the US.
In his spare time, Laurence enjoys reading, films, crossword puzzles, bicycling, skiing, in-line skating and cooking. His greatest claim to fame, however, other than his family (wife Judy, daughter Shaina, son-in-law Matt, and grandsons Connor and Deacon), is taking second prize in a statewide chocolate cake-baking contest.