Carla Perrotta-Pyrgos

Carla Perrotta-Pyrgos began her clarinet studies at the age of ten and her enthusiasm for the instrument greatly increased with each competition she entered and won. At the age of 17, she was sent to the Kiwanis Junior Provincial Championship in London, Ontario and won first prize in the Winds category.

Shortly after, she moved from her hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, to attend the University of Toronto, where she studied with Avrahm Galper and in 1997 received her Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree. Carla completed her Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory of Music) with Max Christie, principal clarinet of the National Ballet Orchestra, in 2003.

Since graduating, she has performed with the National Academy Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Mississauga Symphony, Masterworks of Oakville, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, the Ontario Philharmonic, while maintaining her position as Principal Clarinet with the North Bay Symphony and Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, where she was a featured soloist in 2007.

Carla also manages a busy schedule as a recording artist for Somerset Entertainment, playing with the Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet, chamber music concerts with Collective Musings, teaching privately and is a sought-after clinician in the greater Toronto area.