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An "eloquent" clarinetist with "incredible artistry” Russian-born Stas Chernyshev has established a versatile career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician, and educator (Dallas Morning News, Theater Jones). Principal clarinetist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Chernyshev has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as in Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Russia, South Korea and Japan.

A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Chernyshev has collaborated with Grammy-winning ensembles Eighth Blackbird and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as well as Jupiter Chamber Players, Shuffle Concert and Frisson Ensemble. Other chamber music performances include collaborations with world-renowned musicians such as Roberto Diaz, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Jeremy Denk, Michael Rusinek, Daniel Matsukawa, and Richard Woodhams.

Mr. Chernyshev is a prize-winner of the International Competition of Wind Instruments in the Ukraine, the 2nd International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in Russia, the LISMA Foundation International Competition and the Mary Smart Concerto Competition. At the age of 19, Mr. Chernyshev won Special Prize at the 62nd Geneva International Music Competition in Switzerland. He has been featured on WQXR-New York’s classical music station, online via Instant Encore and WHYY’s television program, On Stage at Curtis.

An advocate of new music, Mr. Chernyshev is honored to have worked with many established composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Meredith Monk, Steve Mackey, David Lang, George Crumb, Jennifer Higdon and David Ludwig. Passionate about community engagement and education, Mr. Chernyshev is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect (formerly known as Ensemble ACJW), a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute, and ArtistYear, a program of the Curtis Institute of Music. He is the founder of Fort Worth Performances for Autism, an organization providing interactive and sensory-friendly live music performances for young people with autism and their families, and co-directs the Opus Nova Chamber Music Series.

Mr. Chernyshev holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Professor Donald Montanaro, and a Master’s degree from St. Petersburg Conservatory under Professor Nikolay Kiruhin.