Elsa Ludewig Verdehr

Elsa  Ludewig-Verdehr
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Music


Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, University Distinguished Professor, is a renowned clarinetist and teacher whose students occupy numerous major university, college and orchestral positions throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has performed, lectured, and given master classes in over 100 national and international clarinet congresses and for several years was a participant in the Marlboro Music Festivals and touring groups. She has appeared frequently in the United States and abroad as a recitalist, clinician, and soloist with orchestras and was principal clarinetist of the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra for 24 summers. As a member of MSU’s Richards Wind Quintet she toured throughout the U.S. and Canada, also appearing at the White House, and recorded for Musical Heritage and Crystal Records. 

Professor Verdehr, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. and B.Mus.Ed.) and the Eastman School of Music (M.M. and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees), has produced nearly 40 CDs and DVDs, largely with the Verdehr Trio, as well as solo recordings on the Grenadilla and Mark labels. She has been heard on NPR, ABC Australia, Austrian National Radio, Sudwest Rundfunk, Singapore and Hongkong Radio and Icelandic Radio. Her playing has been called “distinguished and musical” by the New York Times; the Chicago Tribune wrote of her “virtuosity of a most compelling sort,” and the Boston Globe noted her “musical tone and elegant sense of phrasing.” She was awarded honorary membership and the lifetime achievement award from the International Clarinet Society for her “lifetime achievements as a performer and teacher.”

A member of the Verdehr Trio (verdehr.com) for 43 years, Professor Verdehr performed in every U.S. state and in 59 countries: over 20 European countries and Great Britain, as well as in China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Iceland, Canada, Australia, Mexico and seven countries in South and Central America. The Verdehr Trio has appeared in major concert halls and performed with numerous orchestras around the world.