As Principal Clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003, Ricardo Morales is one of the most respected names in classical music. He played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1993-2003, where he was appointed Principal Clarinet at the age of 21. Ricardo Morales has played clarinet with The Chicago Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Kinen Orchestra in Japan.
Ricardo Morales has won many awards including Grand Prize at the Seventeen Magazine National Concerto Competition, First Prize in the national Arts Recognition and Talent Search, and he was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by President Bush.
As an educator, Ricardo serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music, and has been giving clarinet master classes for years at many classical conservatories and institutions.
Aside from teaching clarinet lessons online at ArtistWorks, Ricardo continues to perform and collaborate with a wide range of chamber musicians. His debut solo recording, French Portraits, was released in 2004 on Boston Records and his most recent recordings with the Pacifica Quartet was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.