Todd Palmer

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Todd Palmer has performed at Spoleto Festival USA every year since 1994. He has been a soloist, recitalist, chamber music collaborator, educator, arranger, and presenter in a variety of musical endeavors around the world including Symphonies and Orchestras in Houston, Atlanta, St. Paul, Cincinnati, Montréal and BBC Scotland. Palmer has also shared the stage with sopranos Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming, and Dawn Upshaw. He has appeared in the world premiere of composer Ricky Gordon’s theatre work, Orpheus and Euridice, with coloratura Elizabeth Futral on Great Performers at Lincoln Center in 2005.

Palmer has been closely associated with composer Osvaldo Golijov and is regarded as the champion of his klezmer clarinet quintet, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind. His recording of Yiddishbbuk, with the St. Lawrence Quartet for EMI Classics, received Netherland’s Classical Prelude Award and two Grammy Award nominations. As editor-in-chief of the piece for its publication, Palmer worked extensively with Golijov on the score as well as the newly orchestrated version which he premiered in the U.S. in 2006.