From age 15-20, I studied with Sidney Forrest, who taught me pretty much everything about clarinet from middle school through two summers at the Interlochen School for the Arts, and 2 years at Peabody Conservatory.After a relaxing lunch at his favorite Chinese restaurant in Kensington, MD, we had a nice chat on his living room couch. He was just getting warmed up telling his long lived stories when I had to stop. But I got a good half hour of history from his illustrious life as a musician.
Mr. Forrest is 91 and still teaches! Listen to the podcast for an explanation of the "Three I's". The podcast is at the end of this post. However, here is a music track of him playing the first movement of the Mozart Quintet K581. This recording was made in 1951, with the Galimir String Quartet.
Sidney Forrest Bio: (B.A., University of Miami; M.A., Columbia University; additional study at The Julliard School), adjunct professor of clarinet. Professor emeritus, Peabody Conservatory, faculty of the Interlochen Arts Center since 1959, and former clarinet soloist with the United States Marine Band and principal clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Clarinet studies with Simeon Bellison, Alexander Williams, and Otto Conrad. Students in principal positions in major orchestras in the United States and abroad. Extensive experience as a recitalist, recording artist, editor and arranger of solo works for clarinet, and author of articles published in professional journals. Served as adjudicator on the National Fulbright Commission and for the Buffet North American competition and the Quebec Conservatoire.
This is my first podcast. So please forgive any glitches in the recording. Enjoy!