Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance, Principal Clarinet LA Philharmonic, Music Performance

Boris Allakhverdyan was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. Allakhverdyan is a founding member of the Prima Trio, the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal winner of the prestigious 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

The New York Times called his performance “inspired” and “superlative,” and the Los Angeles Times praised his “energetic, vibrant solos.”

Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle, Tucson, Bakersfield and Springfield Symphony Orchestras as well as orchestras in Russia, Armenia and Kazakhstan. He has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommen Festival in Germany and the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy. 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.

Allakhverdyan serves on the clarinet faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as well as at California State University at Fullerton. He previously taught at Peabody Institute of Music, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and Interlochen Clarinet Institute in Michigan. He has given master classes at most prestigious schools in North and South Americas, Europe and Asia. As a chamber musician, 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, Allakhverdyan performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren reeds.

Department of Music Welcomes Four Exceptional Studio Faculty
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is pleased to announce that four exemplary artists have accepted their offer of an appointment in the Department of Music, including award-winning violist

Related Members

See All Music Faculty
Juliana Gondek
Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor; LA Phil Guest Artist
Brendan McBrien
Lecturer--Music Education
Sarah Koo Freeman
Visiting Professor - Cello Performance
Adam Gilberti
Lecturer - Music Education/Woodwinds
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Cheryl Lin Fielding
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Benjamin Smolen
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Peter Kazaras
Distinguished Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Lily Chen-Hafteck
Professor and Special Assistant to the Inaugural Dean for Curricular Reform
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Jens Lindemann
Distinguished Professor of Trumpet
Hitomi Oba
Director of Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Lecturer
Jan Berry Baker
Professor of Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Music, and Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring
William Kinderman
Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies, Professor
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Shahāb Pāranj
Composition – Lecturer and Postdoctoral Scholar, Contemporary concert music
Inna Faliks
Professor - Head of Piano
David Lefkowitz
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Music
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Ian Krouse
Distinguished Professor
James Bass
Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, Director of Choral Studies
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Arturo O’Farrill
Director, UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; Professor
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Ben Hong
Lecturer - Cello Performance
Michael Dean
Professor - Voice Performance
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Nick DePinna
Adjunct Assistant Professor--Musicianship
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Vladimir Chernov
Distinguished Professor - Voice Performance
Dante De Silva
Lecturer - Composition, Music Theory
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Movses Pogossian
Distinguished Professor of Violin; Founder and Advisor, Armenian Music Program - Music Performance
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Ryan Brown
Lecturer -- Voice
Alison Deane
Associate Adjunct Professor
Johanna Gamboa-Kroesen
Assistant Professor--Music Education
Travis J. Cross
Director of Bands; Professor - Conducting
David Kaplan
Inaugural Shapiro Family Chair in Piano Performance; Assistant Professor
Rakefet Hak
Music Director of Opera UCLA, Lecturer
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching

Explore Other Degrees

Conducting
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
BA
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a BA and teaching credential in just four years
BA
Music Industry
A leadership-focused professional degree which prepares students to transform the creative, entrepreneurial, and executive structures of the music industry
Musicology
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music