"The American clarinetist Jean Kopperud was absolutely smashing" (New York Post). A graduate of The Juilliard School and former student of Nadia Boulanger in France, Kopperud has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, China, the Caribbean and Australia as concert soloist and chamber musician. Presently she is performing with The New York New Music Ensemble, Omega, the ISCM Ensemble, Ensemble 21, and Washington Square Chamber Players. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Bridge Records, G M Recording, Koch, Musical Heritage and Centaur records.
Kopperud is also a performer on the cutting edge of the Music-Theater genre. National acclaim for her presentations of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Harlekin, the demanding performance work for dancing clarinetist, resulted in her Avery Fisher Hall debut presented by the New York Philharmonic.
Each holiday season she takes part in the Twelfth Night Festival in Westerly, Rhode Island where she is seen starring in unusual performance art roles. Working with Broadway director, Tom O'Horgan, Jean Kopperud developed "CloudWalking" a music-theater work that previewed at ClarFest in 1988 and toured for three years. "Cloud Walking" is a reference to Kopperud's passion for skydiving. She has found a way to include even that in her show, which amuses and amazes audiences with her very special combination of musical and athletic abilities.
Currently Ms. Kopperud is on the faculty of SUNY Buffalo and the Juilliard School. (formerly on the New York University and Columbia faculties.) At Juilliard she teaches a class called "On the Edge" in the Evening Division as well as private and class clarinet in the Music Advancement Program. "On the Edge" is a course to practice performing that is also done in workshop around the country.