Caroline Hartig is the professor of clarinet at The Ohio State University. An acclaimed clarinet soloist and recording artist, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras and contemporary music ensembles and as a recitalist in major concert halls in New York City and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, Symphony Hall (Boston); Tokyo, Japan; Munich, Germany; and Perugia, Italy. She has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic and New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra.
Hartig has appeared as a guest artist for the International Clarinet Association and has been heard on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. She may be heard on the solo compact disc Clarinet Brilliante (Centaur Records 2572) honored as a “Critics’ Choice” by the American Record Guide: “Hartig dazzles with numbing, blazing fluidity and rich, luxuriant fervor…coiled virtuosity.” In an Overview of Woodwind Recordings, ARG cited Clarinet Brilliante as one of the “best of the best” for the performance of clarinet solo recital literature: “For some sweet-sounding barnburners, Caroline Hartig weaves a spellbinding recital.” Also selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine of Great Britain, Hartig’s artistry is described as “positively breathtaking in its scope and performance.” Her compact disc Clarinet Brilliante II (Centaur 2808) was praised by American Record Guide noting, “The playing is mastery itself…”
Widely recognized and sought after for numerous new-music collaborations, Hartig has premiered and performed solo clarinet works by leading contemporary composers including William Bolcom, Don Freund, Jere Hutcheson, Libby Larsen, Donald Martino, William Thomas McKinley, Charles Ruggiero and Paul Schoenfield. She can be heard on the compact disc Dancing Solo (Innova 512) featuring the clarinet works of composer Libby Larsen. “It is in Dancing Solo that Ms. Hartig really demonstrates her musicality and prodigious technique…simply virtuosic” (The Clarinet). Hartig’s latest CD, Chalumeau (Centaur 2965), is comprised of benchmark contemporary unaccompanied solo clarinet works including Bolcom’s “Chalumeau” commissioned and premiered by Hartig in Tokyo, Japan and published by Hal Leonard. | Recently released CD, "CaraClarina:" Caroline Hartig plays Classical to Klezmer *
Hartig earned degrees from New England Conservatory (MM), The Ohio State University (BME) and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (DMA). Major teachers and career mentors have included the legendary Harold Wright, Robert Marcellus, Charles Neidich, Michele Zukovsky, George Silfies, Donald McGinnis, Robert Titus, Marshall Haddock, David Hite, and renowned pianist Artur Balsam, violinist Roman Totenberg, and flutist Sam Baron.
Previously, Hartig taught at Michigan State University, Ball State University, and Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to an active solo and recording career, she is in demand as a master teacher and clinician and has served as a juror for performance competitions including the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, the Fulbright Panel for Wind Instruments in New York City, and has been a guest clinician at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference. She was recently elected secretary of the International Clarinet Association and has taught at the Interlochen National Music Camp All State Band and Orchestra Division. She is an artist/faculty member for Clarinetopia, the Vianden International Music Festival and School in Luxembourg, and the Centro Studi Carlo della Giacoma in Todi, Italy. A Buffet Crampon artist and clinician, Hartig performs on the Buffet Festival clarinet. As a Vandoren Performing Artist, Caroline Hartig endorses and performs on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.