Lecturer, Clarinet Wind & Percussion Division
Paul Cigan began his musical education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with San Francisco Symphony clarinetists David Breeden and David Neuman. After transferring to Temple University in Philadelphia to continue studies with Anthony Gigliotti, former principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Cigan began freelancing with local groups including the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra. Professional orchestra positions soon followed, serving as principal clarinetist of the Virginia Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony. Appointed by Maestro Leonard Slatkin, Mr. Cigan is currently second clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra and an active chamber musician and teacher in the Washington, DC area. During his tenure with the NSO, Mr. Cigan has appeared as concerto soloist and given chamber music performances and master classes across the United States as part of the orchestra's American Residencies program. He can be heard performing regularly with the 21st Century Consort, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Theater Chamber Players, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and in concerts at the Library of Congress. Recent recordings include performances with the 21st Century Consort, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Cigan is currently on the faculties of the University of Maryland at College Park, The Catholic University of America, and was an acting faculty member with the Peabody Institute from 2001-2004.