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Clarinet, Professor


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Reviews in preeminent classical music publications over the past two decades have consistently celebrated Arthur Campbell as one of the world's leading clarinet virtuosos. Campbell was nominated with his wife pianist Helen Marlais, for the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to classical musicians today.

Spring 2012 saw Germany's classical music magazine Fono Forum select the Campbell/Marlais duo for the "Star of the Month" award, and Stereo Magazine selected their most recent recording as "CD of the Month". In 2010, The New York Times hailed Campbell as an "eloquent soloist" following his Merkin Hall concerto debut. His recording Brahms: Clarinet Chamber Music, won critics choice awards in Luxembourg, France, and Spain and critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Campbell has received rave reviews in the American Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine, The Clarinet, Opus Magazine (France), Ensemble Magazine (Germany), Fono Forum (Germany), Stereo Magazine, Audiophile Audition,, ClassicalCDReview, International Record Review, Scherzo Magazine (Spain), Cd Compact (Spain),, Le Monde de la Musique (France), Pizzicato Magazine (Luxembourg), and Diverdi (Spain). Visit: to read reviews.

Campbell's classical recordings are exclusively with the German Audiophile label Audite and he has recorded contemporary repertoire releases for Everglade Records, Centaur Records, Gasparo Records, and the ICA Recording Project. (In addition to his highly praised performances of the standard canon, Arthur Campbell is recognized as one of the foremost champions of contemporary repertoire of his generation. The official journal of the International Clarinet Association, regarding the premiere recording of Three Scenes for Solo Clarinet written for him by Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran states, "The performance of this work is exceptional. Campbell's tone, phrasing and dynamic contrast really portray the essence of this piece, a work which will most likely become a standard in the clarinet repertoire." More recently, Campbell's live performance of Benjamin Broening's Radiance at the 2011 National SEAMUS Convention was selected for the Best of SEAMUS award. Also in great demand as a master teacher, Dr. Campbell has presented master classes at top pedagogical institutions literally throughout the world.

Campbell received the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied with renowned clarinetist and pedagogue Robert Marcellus. Campbell has won several international and national competitions and holds the distinction of being one of only three people ever to have completed a doctoral degree as a student of the late Marcellus. A native of Canada, Campbell grew up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick where he studied at the Mount Allison University Conservatory of Music. Home base is now Grand Rapids Michigan with his wife, pianist and renowned piano pedagogue, Dr. Helen Marlais. Campbell is Artist Faculty and Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University, where he has built a thriving studio of clarinet students from around the corner to around the globe. Dr. Campbell was named the 2013 GVSU Alumni Association Outstanding Educator.

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