Gene Ramsbottom

Sessional Lecturer, Clarinet

Music Building 320
Tel. 604-822-2598


Gene Ramsbottom had performed with the CBC Radio Orchestra since 1974 and was its principal clarinetist from 1984 until the orchestra was disbanded in November of 2008. Appointed by Richard Bonynge, he was the founding principal clarinetist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra from 1976-1996. He has performed as a chamber musician or soloist in Canada,France, Germany, Austria, Israel, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the USA and Ireland. Through his work with the CBC Radio Orchestra, he has become known as the most recorded classical clarinetist in Canadian history with almost 50 commercial discs and innumerable local, national and international radio and television concert broadcasts to his credit.

A lifelong organizer of music events, some of his numerous concert series productions include the Whistler International Mozart Festival (1989-90) and the Out For Lunch classical concert series, now in its twenty-fifth season at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

His principal teachers have included Carl Kellett (Vancouver), Ronald de Kant (Vancouver Symphony), Peter Hadcock (Boston Symphony), Robert Marcellus (Cleveland Orchestra), Marcel Moyse (Brattleboro, Vermont), and Marc Lifschey (San Francisco Symphony).

Mr. Ramsbottom was a featured artist in the January 2009 Wright State University Clarinet Symposium in Dayton, Ohio. In August of 2009 he performed as soloist and faculty orchestra member with the Summer Music on the Shannon Music Festival. He has been invited as a featured recitalist at Troy State University’s Clarinet Symposium in the spring of 2010. He teaches the clarinet and chamber music at the University of British Columbia, Douglas College and Capilano University.