Emil Khudyev was appointed as the new instructor of clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2014. Prior to this position, he served as the acting Associate Principal, Second and E flat Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony.
Named as the first Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition winner, clarinetist Emil Khudyev is recognized as an outstanding musician on the international concert stage around the world today. Emil’s sincere music-creating promotes the arts and builds the next generation of classical music lovers of all ages.
Emil has won numerous competitions and awards, including the Yale Chamber Music Society Competition, the Tuesday Music Club Competition the Yamaha International Competition, the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, the Glenn Miller Competition, and the 2004 Detroit (Bohemian) Concerto Competition. Emil was the first clarinetist to win The Harvard Musical Association Foote Prize Award, and was also a recipient of the Yale School of Music’s Prestigious Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.
As a soloist, Emil has appeared with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Farkhad Khudyev, where he received an outstanding review. In addition, he has soloed with the New Haven Chamber Orchestra, Saybrook College Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Turkmen Chamber Orchestra, Manitowoc Wind Ensemble, and the Interlochen Arts Academy band.
Emil is a sought after recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America Europe and Central Asia. He has performed as soloist in prestigious halls and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Colton Hall, Severance Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Paul Hall, Glinka Hall in Russia, Mahtumkuli Hall in Turkmenistan, and Wolsey Hall. Emil is an active chamber musician and a founding member of the Boetti Trio, and has collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo-Ma, Joseph Siverstein, Emanuel Ax, members from theTokyo String Quartet, and Linden Quartet. He has appeared on both radio and TV, on NPR, WCLV and the Turkmen Channel 1.
As an orchestral musician, Emil has performed with the world’s top orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra, the Opera Naples Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Norwalk Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, the Mansfield Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, and a side-by-side with the Berlin Philharmonic. At the Tanglewood Music Festival, Emil was appointed to Principal Clarinet, where he performed under Maestro James Levine, and received the prestigious Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize. Other festival appearances include Music Academy of the West, Colorado College Music Festival, International Clarinet Festival, Sarasota Music Festival and Interlochen Arts Camp. Emil has played under the world’s leading conductors including, Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Tilson Thomas, Peter Oundjian, Kurt Masur, John Williams, Krzysztof Penderecki, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Gerald Schwarz, Robert Spano, Oliver Knussen, Joe Smirnoff, Farkhad Khudyev, Yehuda Gilad, Larry Rachleff and Michael Stern.
Born in 1986 in Turkmenistan Emil is the youngest of three siblings. Emil followed his older brothers’ steps and began his musical training. At the age of 7, he was admitted to the Special Music School of Turkmenistan, then one of the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union. In the summer of 2001 Emil won a full scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Camp, and was immediately offered a full scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy, where studied for four years with Nathan Williams. In 2005, Emil began further studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Franklin Cohen, Yale University to study under David Shifrin, where he received his Master’s Degree and The Colburn School Conservatory of Music under Yehuda Gilad.
Emil is a Vandoren artist, and he often performs with his wife, Nozomi, who is a wonderful pianist. They enjoy every moment spending time with their daughter.