Russell Harlow, a clarinetist, grew up in Los Angeles and lives in Utah. He is the co-director and Artist in Residence for the Park City Beethoven Festival and Autumn Classics Music Festival and runs both the Sonolumina Chamber Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah. He also founded and directed the Nova Chamber Series in Utah before joining the Park City Music Festival in 1984.


Clarinetist Russell Harlow was born in Los Angeles. He studied first with clarinetist Gary Foster, then Mitchel Lurie, and at the age of twenty-one, joined the Utah Symphony where he served as Associate Principal Clarinet. After 41 years, Harlow quit the Utah Symphony to pursue his solo, chamber music and recording career. He also studied with Harold (Buddy) Wright, the late Principal Clarinet with the Boston Symphony, and with violinist Charles Libove. During July 2007, Harlow performed at the International Clarfest in Vancouver, BC.

Harlow worked with clarinetist and mouthpiece expert Lee Livengood on the design of a new clarinet mouthpiece. He has also republished a volume of etudes for clarinet by Louis DeSantis. The etudes are paraphrasic- melodic studies on difficult solo passages from Thomas, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakoff. Harlow turned the work he had originally planned for an interactive DVD-Rom history of the clarinet into the website

In 2015, Harlow, along with Lee Livengood, directed the annual Utah Clarinet Festival, held at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, where Harlow has served as interim clarinet professor for the year.

In addition to chamber music and orchestra performances and recordings, Harlow has recorded solos on a number of television and movie soundtracks.

He released a CD titled Works for Clarinets and Strings by Ingolf Dahl, Bohuslav Martinu and Karel Husa under the ISOMIKE label. As Associate Principal Clarinet with the Utah Symphony, Harlow is featured on nearly every recording the Symphony has made over the past thirty-nine years.

Listen and purchase this fine recording of works by Martinu, Husa and Dahl featuring clarinetist Russell Harlow, clarinetist Lee Livengood, violinist Dara Morales, violist Leslie Harlow and cellist Jesus Morales.