RICHIE HAWLEY was appointed principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1994. He held that position until 2011 when he became the Professor of Clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Mr. Hawley appears regularly as a chamber musician and recitalist across the country, including performances with his new group, The Rogue Ensemble. In 2014.15 he made frequent appearances with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as principal clarinet. He made his debut at the Marlboro Music Festival in the summers of 1999 and 2000 and performed with the legendary Musicians from Marlboro for the Festival's gala 50th anniversary tour at Carnegie Hall. Hawley has garnered numerous awards in his career including first prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the Presidential Scholar in the Arts Gold Medal from Ronald Reagan in a ceremony at the White House. He began his clarinet studies with Yehuda Gilad at age 9, and made his orchestral solo debut at the age of 13 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and 14 with the NY Philharmonic. While a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, he also appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.