2009- Roosevelt University
2006- Moscow State Classical Academy Maimonid
2001- Moscow State Wind College
1997- Music School number 7 city of Kursk
I am a clarinet teacher and performer with many years of experience who highly skilled at promoting creative expression among students of all ages. In 2009, I graduated from Roosevelt University ( orchestral studies program). Prior coming to the US in 2007 I graduated from Moscow State Classical Academy Maimonid ( Masters degree). In 2004, while I was in school I won an Associate Principal clarinet position with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. I had toured many European countries, Asia and US while I was working with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. While I was in student at Roosevelt University I won audition for Civic orchestra of Chicago. While I was in Civic orchestra I played as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony orchestra ( Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds). After graduating from Roosevelt University I won 2nd/ e-flat clarinet position in South Bend Symphony orchestra. In 2013-14, 2014-15, I got two one year positions playing second clarinet with Chicago Lyric Opera orchestra. In 2016 I won Principal clarinet Position with Des Moines Metro opera and year later I got a principal clarinet Position with Sarasota Opera orchestra where I worked for six seasons. Since 2019 I am a principal clarinetist with the Chicago Philharmonic orchestra. Also, I am a freelancer in Florida and I frequently play with The Florida orchestra and Sarasota orchestra.
I have twenty one years of teaching experience. I started teaching at the age of 19 as a private teacher and also I was a band conductor for a couple of years at Moscow State Wind College. When I came to the US in 2007 and year later I started building my private teaching studio while I was a student at Roosevelt University. My students participated in solo competitions and orchestra auditions and they successfully continued music careers. My Student achievements were acceptance to New England conservatory, Oberlin conservatory and Mannes. Principal of IMEA All State. Principal positions in Chicago Youth Symphony, winner concerto competition Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, acceptance to Tanglewood High school program. I am always passionate about teaching and sharing my experience!
When I start teaching new student I usually use Sergey Rozanoff’s method and also my father’s Sergey Gutorov senior methods on both instruments clarinet and saxophone. Usually with a beginners for the first few lessons I start solfège and music theory and later continue introducing instrument. It is very important for woodwind players to learn from very beginning how to use air and embouchure right way. My father who was my first teacher developed a breathing exercise how to breath right way on wind instruments. All students have different abilities and I individually approach every student.
My many years of experience shows that educational process should be fun! Every student should feel interested and excited! How do we do this? As a teacher I choose a repertoire for my students but I also let them choose one or two pieces they like. I would play few pieces for my students to see if they like it. I think it is also important if student participates in concerts. It could be a concerts for a family members or friends. It is also great to participate in competitions. I recommend my students to record their lesson ( smart phone or IPad) so, they can improve something or maybe just for showing their family members what they are doing during music lesson.
It's been a pleasure to have Sergey as my son's clarinet teacher. My son made a great progress and excited about each lesson he has. I think this is because Sergey truly loves his job, he is actually very successful as musician because he is playing with great orchestras.