Steven Klimowski

Steven Klimowski began his performing career at the age of 16 as a tour guide at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose California. He went to NYC from California after high school to study with the famed (in the clarinet world) Leon Russianoff. He hitchhiked back home four times during the summers satisfying his urge to see the USA. He’s been an usher at Carnegie Hall, a shopping mall janitor, flipped burgers at fast food joints and taught ghetto children at a home for dependent children before landing his first orchestra job with the Orquesta Sinfonico del Estado de Mexico where he met his wife, cellist Bonnie Klimowski. They moved to Vermont in 1980 and Steve has played with the Vermont Symphony, The VSO woodwind trio and the Mozart Festival among many others. In 1987 Klimowski founded the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble and has been in artistic director since. He is currently the principal clarinet with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and the Opera Company of Middlebury.
Steve is the adjunct clarinet teacher at the University of Vermont, Saint Michael’s College and Middlebury College. Mr. Klimowski has twice been honored with an individual artist’s fellowship from the Vermont Council on the Arts and received its Citation of Merit. Steve enjoys cycling, hiking and planting and harvesting garlic in his home with four cats in Fairfax, Vermont.