Dean Newcomb is Principal Clarinettist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2008. Before settling in Adelaide, Dean was offered the Principal Clarinet position with The Macau Orchestra. Dean has performed as guest Principal Clarinet with various orchestras in Australia and overseas, including the Australian World Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Auckland Philharmonia.
His solo concerto performances have received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising his “musical gifts, technical finesse and outstanding ability” (The Advertiser). Dean regularly performs as a recital and chamber musician with Australia’s leading ensembles, including the Australian String Quartet, The Australia Ensemble, and Southern Cross Soloists.
Notable highlights include performing with the Hamer String Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre opening ceremony and the world premiere of Arthur Benjamin’s century-old Clarinet Quintet with the Goldner String Quartet. Dean’s active involvement in music education includes regular masterclasses, lecturing and tutoring at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and tutoring for the Australian Youth Orchestra’s orchestral and chamber music seasons. In 2015, Dean was a guest adjudicator for the Lisbon International Clarinet Competition in Portugal.
Dean Newcomb is a Yamaha Artist.