Cliff colnot Chicago IL (October 7, 1947 - February 13, 2024) was an American conductor and composer. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio and graduated from Florida State University.
Colnot received numerous awards and honors throughout his conducting career, including the Ernst von Dohnányi Certificate of Excellence, the Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University, and the Alice M. Ditson Conductor's Award from Columbia University.
He served as assistant conductor under Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez at music festivals and workshops. He also taught classes on jazz, film scoring, and orchestration at various colleges.
As a bassoonist, Colnot performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, and other ensembles.
He frequently conducted contemporary music groups like the International Contemporary Ensemble and Eighth Blackbird. He also conducted orchestras and ensembles at the University of Chicago and DePaul University.
Colnot guest conducted orchestras across the United States, including the Chicago Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, and San Antonio Philharmonic.
He composed and arranged works for many artists and groups across musical genres.
Cliff colnot Chicago IL
Colnot passed away on February 13, 2024. He is remembered by his close friends and longtime collaborators, including David Bloom, Stefan Hersh, and Marina Zurkow. Details on a memorial service are to be announced.
"I will always cherish my memories of working with Cliff. He brought immense passion and knowledge to rehearsals, and inspired the young musicians of the Civic Orchestra to reach new heights. Cliff left an indelible, positive mark on the musical life of Chicago." - Riccardo Muti, CSO Music Director Emeritus
"Cliff was a musical pioneer dedicated to contemporary compositions and guiding young talent. His collaboration with the CSO over decades has nurtured countless artists. His passing leaves a void, but his legacy will live on." - Jeff Alexander, CSOA President
"Cliff was unfailingly generous and always focused on the music itself. He offered his talent selflessly to lift up students and peers alike. I will miss him tremendously, both professionally and personally." - Cristina Rocca, CSOA Vice President
"As a teacher, Cliff empowered students through knowledge and compassion. He exemplified the word 'mentor' in every sense, and his presence will be deeply missed." - Beth Chase, Colnot's Assistant
"Cliff brought unique musical intuition to every score. His commitment to contemporary music and training future generations left an indelible impact on the arts community." - Deborah Rutter, Kennedy Center President
"A warm, caring soul, Cliff was a supremely gifted musician devoted to the works of modern composers and educating young artists." - Henry Fogel, Former CSOA President