F. Gerard Errante is a clarinetist of international stature whose performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan, Africa, Cuba, and the South Pacific, have received critical acclaim. A native of New York City, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Errante has published two books; composed eight works for clarinet, and has contributed numerous articles to a wide variety of journals. He has also recorded for nine record labels and for numerous national radio stations throughout the world. His three compact discs, Electric Clarinet, Shadows of Ancient Dreams, and Beyond Noend with Errante, contain his own works as well as compositions for clarinet and electronics that were written for him. These CDs, as well as several earlier LPs, have received high praise from reviews worldwide, citing their originality, exceptional performances, and excellent recorded sound.
Errante has performed at many international festivals, and was a second prizewinner in the International Gaudeamus Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music. An active participant in the international clarinet community, he has served as President of both ClariNetwork International and the International Clarinet Association. After 30 years of service, Dr. Errante retired from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia where he was Professor of Music, and twice received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Errante is the Co-Director of the Norfolk Chamber Consort and a member of Creo, the new music ensemble based at Old Dominion University where he is currently serving as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet. F. Gerard Errante performs on a Yamaha Custom YCL-SEV clarinet. He also performs exclusively using Clark Fobes mouthpieces, Vintage reeds by Reeds Australia, and BG ligatures.