Diana Haskell has held Principal positions in five orchestras and is currently Associate Principal Clarinet and Eb Clarinet with the St. Louis Symphony. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Cuba, Europe and Japan. She began her career after finishing her Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School with the Savannah Symphony, under the direction of Christian Badea. She also joined the Charleston Symphony as Acting Principal Clarinet for one season.
Maestro Semyon Bychkov invited Ms. Haskell to the Principal Clarinet position with the Buffalo Philharmonic. In the early 1990s, she joined the Milwaukee Symphony as Associate Principal, Second Clarinet and Eb Clarinet. In 2003 Maestro Itzhak Perlman invited Ms. Haskell to join the St. Louis Symphony as Assistant Principal Clarinet. Later Maestro David Robertson appointed her as Associate Principal and Eb Clarinet. Ms. Haskell was also Principal Clarinet with Santa Fe Opera.
As a result of being a finalist in the Naumberg International Competition, Ms. Haskell performed a solo recital in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Haskell was Principal Clarinet for the Grammy award-winning recording of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, an opera directed by Gian Carlo Menotti and produced by New World Records.
Ms. Haskell has taught at SUNY Buffalo, Houghton College, UW Whitewater, Savannah College of Art and Design, Armstrong State College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College. She has given master classes at universities in Japan, Europe and the United States. She has maintained an active private clarinet studio throughout her professional years. Ms. Haskell enjoys teaching beginners and intermediate students as well as advanced clarinetists.
Ms. Haskell’s students occupy positions with orchestras around the country and in bands of the Armed Forces. Former students also have become public and private school band directors, administrators and private music instructors.
Currently Ms. Haskell coaches and teaches at Chautauqua Institute in the summers. She also directs her Clarinet Intensive at the MasterWorks Festival in July, a two-week immersion study program.
Ms. Haskell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with D. Stanley Hasty, and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she worked with Joseph Allard. Her early studies were with James Barkow, and she worked with Mitchell Lurie at Music Academy of the West. Ms. Haskell was a high school camper at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and has been Principal Clarinet in many summer music festivals, such as Colorado Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, and Lake Placid Sinfonietta.
Haskell’s CD, Clarinet Enchantments (AAM Recordings) has received critical acclaim. It can be purchased at iTunes.com, Amazon.com, or at AAM Recordings website at http://www.aamrecordings.com. She is also the Eb clarinetist on a recording with William Helmers in a work by James Grant called Ragamuffins. (Equilibrium Records)
Ms. Haskell is a Buffet Artist, performing on Buffet R13s on all instruments. As a Vandoren Artist she plays on an M13Lyre mouthpiece with Vandoren’s Leather Ligature or Optimum Ligature. On Eb clarinet her choice is a Vandoren M30 mouthpiece with an Optimum ligature. She also uses Brad Behn’s barrels and bell on her Eb clarinet.