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Ted Gurch

Associate Principal Clarinet

Ted Gurch


Ted Gurch is the Associate Principal/E-flat Clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) — a position he has held since 1989. Prior to coming to Atlanta, he served for three seasons as Principal Clarinetist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. 

Mr. Gurch continues to play saxophone on jazz, pop and classical programs and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the ASO on saxophone as well as clarinet. An active presenter of new music, he has performed and recorded with the contemporary group Luna Nova and with the Atlanta-based ensembles Thamyris and Bent Frequency. He is also a founding member of the Georgia Tech-based new music group Sonic Generator, which specializes in the intersection of music and technology. Additionally, he has been a performer with the Atlanta, Riverside and Georgian Chamber players, the Atlanta Winds and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has also appeared locally as a soloist with the Atlanta Wind Symphony and the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.  

Mr. Gurch attended the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Stanley Hasty and Charles Neidich and earned a bachelor's degree and performer's certificate. While at Eastman, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and was also active as a saxophonist in the school's jazz program as a member of the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble.