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Larry Combs


Larry Combs was appointed principal clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Sir Georg Solti in 1978 and served in that position for 30 years.

Larry Combs enjoys a musical career that spans over four decades. Previously a member of the orchestras of New Orleans, Montreal, and the Santa Fe Opera, Mr. Combs joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1978. He has since appeared as soloist with the orchestra numerous times. An avid chamber musician as well, Combs is a founding member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and has appeared in recent sessions with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Chamber Ensemble. He has recorded as soloist and chamber musician on the Erato, Sony, Cedille, Crystal and Summit labels. In 1994, Combs and an ensemble comprising Daniel Barenboim and members of the orchestras of Chicago and Berlin received the Grammy award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their interpretation of the chamber music of Mozart and Beethoven.