Sponsor: Roberta and Michael Joseph
John Fullam was born in New York and holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School where he was a scholarship student of Joseph Allard, Principal Clarinetist of the Juilliard Concert Orchestra, and soloist with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. He also holds a diploma from the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria. His other teachers include Leon Russianoff, Anthony Gigliotti, Peter Simenaur, Pasquale Cardillo, and Harold Wright.
Fullam has appeared as principal clarinetist and soloist at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with Eugene Ormandy; the Marlboro Festival with Pablo Casals and Rudolf Serkin; the Tanglewood Festival with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa; Artpark with Frederica von Stade; and at the Amalfi Coast Festival with Nicholas Flagello. He has also performed as soloist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and with the London Festival Ballet.
Fullam is winner of the international competition held at the Teatro la Fenice for the Principal Clarinet position of the International Symphony of Venice, under the direction of Franco Ferrara. He is also winner of the US National Arts Club Award, the Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the Diploma D’Honore from the Italian Government, the Massachusetts State Concerto Competition, the CD Jackson Master Award, the US Components Inc. Fellowship Grant, and was selected as soloist for the Berkshire Festival of Contemporary Music. He was also featured artist and clinician for the Fourth National Clarinet Congress held at the University of Massachusetts. As recipient of several dedications, he has premiered concertos and other works written especially for him.
Fullam is featured soloist with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Amberg Chamber Ensemble on their release, “City of Light,” for the MarkMasters label, which includes the major works for clarinet by distinguished American composer Persis Parshall Vehar, and the live 2007 premiere performance of the “City of Light” Concerto, dedicated to Mr. Fullam. He can also be heard on the Marlboro Recording Society Series, the Naxos, Pro Arte, Beau Fleuvre, and Mode labels. He has appeared on National Public Radio and Television in the USA, South America, and the Far East.
He has held Principal and Associate Principal Clarinet positions with the Band of America, the Caracas Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, the Massachusetts Symphony, and the National Orchestral Association Orchestra with whom he played the Copland Clarinet Concerto under the composer’s direction.
As a teacher, Fullam has held the position of Professor of Clarinet for the Eastman School of Music, the Philharmonic Conservatory of Caracas, Atlantic Union College, the University of Utah, and the Boston Conservatory where he was also Director of Chamber Music. In addition to his position in the Buffalo Philharmonic, Fullam is also a member of the Roycroft Festival Chamber Players, the Amberg Quartet, and the trio Clavio.
Mr. Fullam resides in East Amherst, New York with his wife Lois, a real estate agent, and they enjoy traveling together.