About Bess

Clarinetist, Bess de Farber has spent her life performing recital and chamber music concerts. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with Mitchell Lurie, one of the most respected clarinet professors in the world, and received the Zalkind Memorial Award for most outstanding clarinet graduate. de Farber appeared in recital on a Miami network television program saluting the Society of Young Performers in her 20s. She was fortunate to study and perform with former CBS Symphony conductor and composer, Alfredo Antonini and his wife Sandra. In the 1980’s, she served as the musician-in-residence in Pinellas County, Florida, and performed chamber music concerts for clarinet, soprano and piano extensively throughout Florida for 10 years. de Farber has been featured in recital and chamber music programs at the Norton Museum of Art, Kravis Center, Rollins College, Jewish Museum of Florida, Flagler and Vizcaya house museums, and Steinway Hall in NY. Her collaboration with award winning composer Craig Ames resulted in the 1996 creation of Composing A Heart, a multimedia performance art work for words, music and photos that traces de Farber’s parents’ emigration to the U.S. This work has been performed at such South Florida venues as the Caldwell Theatre, Jewish Museum of Florida, JCC of Boca Raton and the Jewish Arts Foundation. de Farber has served on grant panels for the Florida Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts in the disciplines of folk art, chamber music and arts-in-education.

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