Alessandro Carbonare was born in Desenzano del Garda (Northen Italy). He joined the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia as Principal Clarinet in 2003, having held the same position with the National Orchestra of France for 15 years. As guest Principal Clarinet he has also played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philarmonic Orchestra. Carbonare has won many international competitions around the world such as Geneve, Prague, Toulon, ARD Munich and Paris. He has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, National Orchestra of Spain, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester, Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, Wien Sinfonietta, National Orchestra of France, Berlin Radio Orchestra and all the major orchestras in Italy.
Career highlights since then include a personal invitation from Claudio Abbado to play in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and produce a live recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 for Deutsche Grammophon. This recording won the 49th Record Academy Awards 2013. Other recordings for Decca include “The Art of Clarinet” and “Invenzioni”. Carbonare is not only an active classical musician, but also involved in jazz and klezmer projects. He has collaborated with many famous friends in a variety of musical styles, including Leonidas Kavakos, Yuja Wang, Pinkas Zuckerman, Alexander Lonquich, Lang Lang, Martha Argherich and his jazz collaborations include the likes of Paquito D’ Rivera, Luis Sclavis, Enrico Pieranunzi and Stefano Bollani. As a dedicated teacher, Carbonare is also the professor at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Accademia Chigiana in Siena.