Boris Allakhverdyan was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. Prior to this, he was Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony for four years. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a founding member of the Prima Trio (www.primatrio.com), the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal winner of the prestigious 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Boris Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommen Festival in Germany and the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a winner of Rimsky-Korsakov International Woodwind Competition, Rozanov International Clarinet Competition, Hellam Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical and the Oberlin Concerto competitions.
An active educator, Mr. Allakhverdyan serves on faculty at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and has given master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Oregon University, University Missouri-Kansas City, Colorado Music Festival and Latin American Clarinet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela. As a chamber musician, Boris Allakhverdyan has performed throughout the United States and Europe on such series as Chicago Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Athenaeum, Dumbarton Oaks, the Dayton Art Institute, CityMusic Columbus, Da Camera Society, Fontana Chamber Arts and Cleveland Chamber Music Society.
As a Buffet Group Artist and Vandoren Performing Artist, Mr. Allakhverdyan performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren reeds.