Ralph Skiano has had a busy semester so far. Not only has he just begun to teach clarinet at the College of William and Mary, he is also preparing to present a masterclass at LSU.
Skiano will be appearing as a guest artist at the 3rd annual "Clarinet Masters Day" at Louisiana State University on February 11, 2012. His appearance will include a portion of a solo recital and a masterclass for LSU students and other participants.
Ralph Skiano was appointed principal clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony in 2002 and in 2006, principal clarinetist of the Des Moines Metro Opera. In addition, he also performs with the Richmond Ballet and the Virginia Opera. Other orchestral appearances have included the Cincinnati Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Kentucky Symphony, and the Washington Opera.
Ralph has been involved in numerous music festivals, including the Brevard Music Center, the Chautauqua Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center, and has been featured as a soloist with ensembles in the United States, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In 2010, Ralph was a guest artist at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. He is a founding member and director of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble in Virginia and is also a part of the Fessenden Chamber Ensemble in Washington DC, along with members of the National Symphony and the Washington Opera. Most summers, he can be heard performing opera on the beautiful French island of Belle Ile en Mer.
Under the guidance of Richard Hawley, Ralph completed his BM at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2002. Other influential teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Steve Cohen, Eli Eban, and Marguerite Levin.
Ralph lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Ann and his yellow lab, Savannah.