Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, Grammy and Juno nominated soloist, band leader and composer David Krakauer has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. Major appearances as soloist include the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Orchestre de Lyon, Dresdener Philharmonie; Baltimore, Detroit, and Seattle Symphonies and the Kronos, Emerson, Tokyo, and Miro String Quartets. Krakauer’s latest project, "Breath and Hammer" with renowned South African pianist Kathleen Tagg, re-contextualizes Krakauer’s sound by adding electronics and extended techniques to the acoustic duo of clarinet and piano. Krakauer’s discography contains some of the most important clarinet recordings of recent decades, including ?The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind? (Golijov/Kronos/Nonesuch) and ?The Twelve Tribes? (Label Bleu). Current faculty positions include the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music (New School), The Bard Conservatory, and NYU.