Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was formerly the principal clarinetist of both the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Williamson is on the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago. He has served on the faculty at Columbia University and the Mannes College of Music in New York City, as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Williamson has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has collaborated with such artists as: James Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, Mitsuko Uchida, Anne-Marie McDermott, Emanuel Ax, Aspen, Dorian and Sylvan Wind Quintets; Brentano, American, Jasper, Brasilia and Dover String Quartets. He received his Bachelor’s degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. As a Fulbright Scholar, he furthered his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where he collaborated with various members of the Berlin Philharmonic.