A founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, clarinetist Gary Gorczyca is a ubiquitous presence on Boston’s classical music concert scene. Mr. Gorczyca has appeared as a soloist with the Angelica International Festival and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and performs frequently with Boston Midsummer Opera, Odyssey Opera, and Back Bay Chorale. He can be heard on many recordings on the BMOP Sound label, including Bernard Rands’ Canti Trilogy, Lee Hyla’s Lives of the Saints, and as a soloist on Elliot Schwartz’s Chamber Concertos. He also played on composer Marti Epstein’s most recent recording, Hypnagogia, with the Ludovico Ensemble.
A frequent collaborator with composers and sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Gorczyca was a member of the Boston Musica Viva and the Fromm Players at Harvard, and has performed with the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Callithumpian Consort, Firebird Ensemble, Sound Icon, and the North Country Chamber Players. For many years he was a first call substitute with the Boston Symphony under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Andre Previn and others, where he received solo bows both in Symphony and Carnegie Halls. He has toured throughout the United States and Japan with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and appeared on their 4th of July special for several years, performing with Steven Tyler and David Lee Roth, among others.
Gary Gorczyca began his musical career on the heels of an education from New England Conservatory, Boston University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shortly afterward he received fellowships to attend the Norfolk Chamber and Contemporary Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded a Jackson Prize for outstanding musical achievement. He volunteers for many causes, including the Pan Mass Kids Ride, Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry, and Boy Scouts of America, and recently donated his time to do a David Bowie/Phillip Glass benefit concert for cancer research with the Ambient Orchestra at MIT. When not performing, Mr. Gorczyca spends his time repairing wind instruments, teaching privately, and with family.