Principal clarinet Bharat Chandra is both resident philosopher and rock star with a following. The audience clearly loves him whether while delivering a charming stream-of-consciousness introduction or playing the clarinet like no other being on this earth. I mean that. He is an all-around exceptional artist ... brilliant technique, control of even the most minute musical nuance, and soulful musical instincts.
— Gayle Williams, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Chandra’s performance of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto literally ‘stopped the show’ in its outstanding display of virtuosity and musicality...In the long cadenza that joined the two movements, Chandra moved slowly about the stage, a contemplative and improvising Pied Piper, bringing all of us along with every note...At the end the audience leapt to their feet with bravos and applause.
— Edward Alley, Sarasota Observer
Warm tone and flawless execution
— Jeff Dunn, San Francisco Classical Voice
Plenty of great contributions, but Bharat Chandra, stepping in as guest principal clarinet after the retirement of Yoshinori Nakao, was a standout. With bright tone, gorgeous liquid phrasing and acute sensitivity to the rest of the winds in the Smetana, he sounded as though he was a seasoned member of the ensemble.
— James McQuillen, The Oregonian
An excellent clarinetist
— Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News

"There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it."

-Mark Twain

The musicians are excellent. The Lincoln Trio, along with clarinet soloist Bharat Chandra, convey the torment of this child and her family as their lives oscillate between hope and despair, leading up to their tragic end.
— EDGE New york
The spectacularly gorgeous adagio was brought to life, particularly by the splendid playing of clarinetist Bharat Chandra who positively sang his solo, making it sound like the composer’s famous ‘Vocalise,’ milking the richness without ever pulling its long line out of shape. The aggregate result Sunday afternoon brought a spontaneous burst of applause from the audience, something that doesn’t often happen after a slow movement.
— June LeBell, Sarasota Observer
Bharat Chandra played Copland’s Clarinet Concerto in a way that was worthy of Charles Neidich, Richard Stoltzman, or just about any other front-rank solo clarinetist. Chandra’s superbly drawn out, intense phrasing was refreshing and his evocation of the Stravinsky-ish elements and perky jazz of the finale was excellent.
— James Roos, Miami Herald
[Mozart’s] Clarinet Concerto turned out to be the standout performance of the afternoon, showcasing the prodigious talents of Bharat Chandra, principal clarinet for the orchestra. The delightful swoops and distinctive burbles of the clarinet danced lightly above the full orchestra in the Allegro before moving into an achingly lovely Adagio supported and echoed by the orchestra. In the third movement, Chandra returned to a more celebratory motif. The performance earned Chandra and the orchestra an instant standing ovation...
— Susan Rife, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Mark Anthony’s Riffs and Refrains brought festival orchestra clarinetist Bharat Chandra front and center as soloist for the U.S. premiere of this two-movement mini-concerto. Chandra’s clear tone and clean technique graced the works jazzy, atonal phrases and lyrical gestures.
— Santa Cruz Sun-Sentinel
I was particularly taken with the Turnage and Adams works. Turnage’s concerto ‘Riffs and Refrains’ featured spectacular clarinet playing by Cabrillo principal Bharat Chandra
— Songs and Schemas
The provocative experience showcased remarkably assured, prismatic playing by clarinetist Bharat Chandra, whose teacher, Richard Stoltzman, was involved in the score’s first performance.
— Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Chandra’s liquid phrasing is already a local legend...
— Richard Storm, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Bharat Chandra, a brilliant New World clarinetist, made the tricky ‘Dante Dances’ seem child’s play and in ‘Phaedra’ found the ecstasy of line to match Jason Horowitz’s violin and Joshua Nemiths’s piano
— Miami Herald

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Bharat Chandra is a clarinetist whose earnest passion for music and live interaction with audiences has taken him across the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.


Bharat currently serves as Principal Clarinet of both the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida and of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra in Tallinn, Estonia, led by Anu Tali. During the summer, he serves as Principal Clarinet of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, led by Cristian Măcelaru.


After undergraduate work at Southern Methodist University, studying orchestral performance with Stephen Girko and ethics with Alastair Norcross, Bharat attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. There he became the first student of world renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and won the Conservatory's highest individual honor, the Gunther Schuller Medal.


From Boston, Bharat traveled to Miami to join the New World Symphony, where he was featured in orchestral and chamber music tours across the United States, Monte Carlo, and Vienna. A critically acclaimed recording on CRI Records of the chamber music of Dan Welcher concluded a highly successful fellowship in Miami, along with a specially requested encore performance of Aaron Copland's Concerto for Clarinet with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting.


At Cabrillo, Bharat gave the United States premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage's clarinet concerto, Riffs and Refrains, to unanimous critical acclaim with Marin Alsop and the Festival Orchestra. Bharat has also maintained a small teaching studio in Sarasota and has given masterclasses at Michigan State University and the University of Southern Florida, among others.


Recent seasons have included Bharat serving as Guest Principal Clarinet of the Sydney Opera House (Opera Australia), the Oregon Symphony in Portland, and Music In The Mountains in Durango, Colorado. He also gave his chamber music debuts at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, and the International Beethoven Festival with the Lincoln Trio. Solo appearances included the Ringling International Arts Festival (with ensemblenewSRQ) and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. His most recent recording, James Whitbourn's Annelies, which features soprano Arianna Zukerman, The Lincoln Trio, and James Jordan's Williamson Voices (Naxos), was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award. Click here to listen to "Annelies."

Bharat Chandra performs exclusively on D'Addario Clarinet Reeds

Bharat Chandra performs exclusively on D'Addario Clarinet Reeds

 In 2018-2019, Bharat will perform a full slate of solo, chamber, and orchestral music in Sarasota and will rejoin friends in Europe with the Nordic Symphony Orchestra. Special highlights include solo performances of the Copland Concerto and Strauss Duo Concertino --a new chamber music series with Andrew Armstrong, Amy Schwartz Moretti, and Raphael Bell in South Carolina -and guest appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


Together with his wife, violinist Anne Chandra, Bharat founded KAETA (Kids And Elders Through Arts) in 2010 to help further the critical mission of intergenerational dialogue within the greater Sarasota area. An all-volunteer 501(c)3 corporation, KAETA works with students and seniors while also supporting the efforts of other related organizations in the community. KAETA was a recent recipient of the State of Florida's Intergenerational Volunteer Award, presented by the State of Florida's Department of Elder Affairs.