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Boston native Liam Burke (BM ’11, MM ’12, clarinet) has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Broadway Records, Warner Brothers, PBS, and Netflix. Burke studied with Jon Manasse at Juilliard, where he earned his degrees in the accelerated BM/MM program and received the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music; an Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship; and a Reed Wizard Ben Armato Clarinet Scholarship. He also won Juilliard’s clarinet concerto competition and led the conductorless Juilliard Chamber Orchestra in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. Burke has also won concerto competitions at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra; he was a first-prize winner of the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition; and he was a member of Ensemble ACJW (now Ensemble Connect). Burke leads a multifaceted career in New York City as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. He has performed on Broadway in Les Misérables, The King and I, On the Town, Dr. Zhivago, The Cherry Orchard, Sunset Boulevard, and My Fair Lady. In addition to maintaining a private New York studio of more than a dozen students, Burke teaches at Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program and at the Special Music School. He has also held faculty positions at the Usdan Center for Performing Arts, New York Music School, Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (lead teaching artist/conductor, 2014-15), and Opportunity Music Project (artistic director and conductor, 2013-14).