Mike Cavin, clarinet
Critically acclaimed classical artist 

Bio-Press Kit

      As a critically acclaimed clarinetist, Mike enjoys a rich and varied career  performing in most of the major concert halls in the continental United States, with many world renowned ensembles including the orchestras of The American Ballet Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera National Company, The Harkness Ballet, Le Gran Ballet Classique de France, Radio City Music Hall, and The U. S. Navy Band and Orchestra, Washington, D.C.  Solo appearances in The United States, Italy, Mexico, make him truly an International Performer.

 His Carnegie Recital Hall Debut in New York City received critical acclaim in The New York Times.

From The New York Times:

           "Cavin, who performed last night at Carnegie Recital Hall, is the complete clarinetist.  Not only was his technical proficiency untaxed during a strenuous program, but in each work he went well beyond mere craft....Mr. Cavin's inherent gift for phrasing was evident....his tone remained firm and  sonorous..... Intonation was excellent and a wide range of dynamic shadings provided contrasts.  Mr. Cavin's 
professional career to date has centered on ballet and opera orchestras, and perhaps that is why he achieved in his playing such a pleasing balance between singing and dancing. "
                                                               Donal Henahan,  New York Times


      Cavin was a Soloist, Recitalist, Chamber Music Player, Orchestral Player, Presenter of Master Classes, Teacher and Coach in The New York Metropolitan Area for 15 years. He was a Featured Artist at Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall, and on Broadway where he was a featured soloist in Over Here.  Many recitals and Chamber  Music concerts were presented in many different venues in the New York Metropolitan area.  He was affiliated with The Young Audience program presenting woodwind quintet programs/lectures in the Public Schools, and with the Orchestra Da Camera which gave Symphony Concerts, and presented Operas with The Metropolitan Opera Studio Group, in the Public Schools.  Solo peformances took him around the world, as he played at the IV Festival International de Onoco in Matamoros, the Orquesta Sinfonica de San Luis Potosi, the OSIJUG Orchestra in Guadalajara,  Auditorium Museo Nazionale dell’Internato Ignoto in Italy and recital halls in La Paz and Chapala, Mexico.  In Padova Italy, Mike competed in 6° Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musical “Premio Citta' di Padova" and earned three Diplomas di Partecipazione and a medallion for Performances.   


​     Mike has been a Featured Artist outside of New York as well, in many differing concert situations. He was a soloist with Destination Texas sponsored by The Texas Commission on the Arts; played Chamber Music at The Governor's Mansion in Austin;  was a Recitalist and Chamber Musician the IV Festival Internacional de Onoco, and at the Teatre de la Reforma, both in Matamoros, Mexico.   Performances with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Festival Orchestra, and the Brazos Valley Symphony, and Recitals and Chamber Music Concerts have all added to the depth of his background. He was a soloist in San Antonio performing for over 2500 educators and student at theTexas Music Educators Convention.  Recitals, Chamber Concerts, and Master Classes were given in many leading Universities in Texas.  Performances with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Festival Orchestra, and the Brazos Valley Symphony, and Recitals and Chamber Music Concerts have all added to the depth of his background.  For over 30 years Cavin has been a performer and teacher in Texas.

      Recently in Mexico he has given Recitals in La Paz and Chapala, and performed as soloist with the OSIJUG orchestra in Guadalajara, and with the Orquesta Sinfonica de San Luis Potosi, Jose Miramontes Conductor,  Master Classes were also given.


       Cavin is pleased and honored to be on the Artist Roster for Backun Musical Services, performing on their MoBa clarinets and mouthpieces; and the Artist Roster of Legere Reeds, using them exclusively for over 3 years.  He is partially supported by Melhart Music, McAllen, TX

      Mike holds the coveted Doctor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University.  He was Professor of Clarinet at Sam Houston State University for six years, and an Associate Instructor at Indiana University for five years.  He has maintained a Private Studio in Texas, New York, New Jersey,  Washington, D.C, and Indiana for over 60 years.

       His clarinet teachers have included Bernard Portnoy, Anthony Gigliotti, Harold Wright, Kalmen Opperman, and Ricardo Morales.

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Contact info:
drmicav@gmail.com

Short Version of Bio-Press Kit
      As a critically acclaimed clarinetist, Mike enjoys a rich and varied career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber muscan.  He has been featured in various venues, from Lincoln Center in New York City to park concerts in Long Island.  Soloist peformances took him around the world, as he played at the IV Festival International de Onoco in Matamoros, the Orquesta Sinfonica de San Luis Potosi,  the OSIJUG Orchestra in Guadalajara, Auditorium Museo Nazionale dell’Internato Ignoto in Italy and various recital halls in La Paz and Chapala Mexico.  In Padova Italy, Mike competed in 6 Concorso International di Escevuzione Musical “Premio Citta and earned three Diplomas di Partecipazione and a medallion for Performances.

​     Mike toured across the United States as Principal clarinetist with world-renowned orchestras of The American Ballet Theater, The Metropolitan Opera National Company, The Harkness Ballet, and Le Grand Ballet Classique de France.Mike also played with noted Texas ensembles including: The Houston Festival Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and The Brazos Valley Symphony.  Mike starred in performances for the U.S. Navy Band and Orchestra, Washington, D.C., Radio City Music Hall and on Broadway in Man of La Mancha and Over Here.  Mike toured with the Orchestra de Camera, and a woodwind Quintet, perforing  and presenting  lectures in  public schools in New York.

​    Cavin is pleased and honored to be on the Artist Roster for Backun Musical Services, performing on their MoBa clarinets and mouthpieces; and the Artist Roster of Legere Reeds, using them exclusively for over 3 years.  He is partially supported by Melhart Music, in McAllen, TX.

    He earned a Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Indiana University and taught at I.U. for five years and at Sam Houston State University for six years.   Mike shared his expertise to his students, just as his clarinet teachers Anthony Gigliotti, Bernard Portnoy, Harold Wright, Kalmen Opperman, and Ricardo Morales, shared with him.