Leslie Craven

Leslie is Principal clarinettist of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. He previously played as guest principal clarinet in London with major orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and LSO, and became a sought-after session musician playing for TV, radio and film. 

He is one of the most experienced tutors of clarinet in the UK, and has given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, and as far afield as the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong.

Leslie has inspired many composers to dedicate works to him, many of which can be heard on the CD “Expressions” (Clarinet Classics).  In December 2010 he recorded the Brahms Sonatas (with Michael Pollock) and Clarinet Trios with virtuosi Stjepan Hauser (cello) and Yoko Misumi (piano).

Leslie is author of “Instant Help for Playing and Teaching the Clarinet”. This is currently recommended reading for the Associated Board Diploma Course. The “Leslie Craven Model” mouthpiece is played and recommended by many leading professionals.