“Performances are all fine; I particularly warm to the elegant clarinet playing of David Gould.”
–Philip Scott, Fanfare Magazine
“Fool’s Errand packs a wealth of material into a three minute masterpiece, played with mercurial phrasing by clarinetist David Gould”
–Andrew Druckenbrod, Gramophone Magazine
“Mr. Gould’s performance was virtuostic and memorable.”
–Mark Greenfest, New Music Connoisseur
David Gould’s clarinet playing has been characterized as “elegant” and “virtuosic”. He has been a featured concerto soloist in America and Europe in works by Debussy, Mozart, Hickey, Weber, and Strauss.
Mr. Gould has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, L’Orchestre National de France, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is currently third clarinet and bass clarinetist with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra in New York City. He has performed under the direction of many of today’s leading conductors including Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, John Nelson, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Krzystof Penderecki, David Robertson, Gerard Schwartz, Leonard Slatkin, and Robert Spano.
Mr. Gould is committed to the music of his time and has given numerous world premieres including works by David Bixler, Paquito D’Rivera, Christian Ellenwood, Hayes Greenfield, Sean Hickey, Ranny Reeve, and Phil Woods.
As a chamber player he has performed with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the iO String Quartet, Nancy Allen, Philippe Cuper, Carol Wincenc, and the Polish Wind and String Players Ensemble. He founded Ensemble 54, the NYC based clarinet quartet and is a member of the Fuse Trio. He has taken part in the recording sessions for the soundtracks of major motion pictures and documentaries including the Coen brother’s remake of True Grit, Extremely Loud and Intolerably Close, and Building Alaska for PBS. Gould has performed in the pit of many Broadway shows including La Boheme, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Pipe Dream, On the Town, Dr. Zhivago, and the King and I.
He has given master classes, concerts, or lectures at many prestigious schools such as the Colburn School, the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan.
Mr. Gould has edited and corrected etudes by Labanchi, and pieces by Paul Jeanjean and Rene de Boisdeffre for International Music Diffusion (IMD) and has recorded for Naxos, Mode Records, and MSR Classics. His debut recording The Forgotten Clarinet (2014) garnered critical acclaim in the clarinet community around the world.
He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, having studied with Stanley Drucker and David Weber. He was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, to study music in France. He studied privately with Jacques Lancelot. Living three years in Paris, David Gould studied at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in the class of Michel Arrignon and later at the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles in the class of Philippe Cuper. He completed both Superior and Honor level studies earning unanimous first prizes with special felicitations of the jury.
Throughout his performing career Mr. Gould has had a significant relationship and concurrent professional career working with Vandoren, the French manufacturer of the world’s finest reeds and mouthpieces. For close to fifteen years he has aided in the development of new products as well as their marketing and promotion. He serves as the Artist-Relations manager, product specialist, and is the director of the Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in midtown Manhattan for DANSR inc.
David Gould is a performing artist and clinician for Buffet Crampon and Vandoren.