Robert DiLutis

Clarinet Principal

Robert DiLutis headshotWhat city are you living in now? Riverdale, MD

Where did you study? The Juilliard School

What is your favorite piece of music? Brahms Clarinet Quintet

What do you enjoy in your spare time? Playing golf and doing home improvements

What is your fondest Annapolis Symphony memory? My first concert with the orchestra! I always look forward to our performance at Quiet Waters Park. It is an incredible place and is wonderful to feel and see the support and the huge audience for our opening concert of the season.


Robert DiLutis is the professor of clarinet at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the principal clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. DiLutis previously served as professor of clarinet at the Louisiana State University School of Music from 2009-2012. He has also held positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastman School of Music. DiLutis has served on the faculties of St. Mary’s University in Texas and Nazareth College in New York. His recent recitals and masterclasses have included the University of Georgia, University of California at Northridge, University of South Carolina, Catholic University of America and the International Clarinet Conference in Assisi, Italy.

Born in Baltimore, MD, to a family of musicians, DiLutis studied first at the Peabody Conservatory with William Blayney and later at the Juilliard School with David Weber, principal clarinetist of the NYC Ballet. In 1989 he made his Carnegie Hall Recital debut as the winner of the Artist International Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist, DiLutis has performed with ensembles such as the San Antonio Symphony, LSU Wind Ensemble, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. DiLutis has performed and toured with the New York Philharmonic and is currently co-director of the Clarinet Academy of America, an intensive summer program for advanced clarinetists in high school and college. In addition to his performance career, DiLutis is the creator of the Reed Machine, a reed making device used by top professionals around the world.

In 2013, DiLutis created a new chamber music series at the historic Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale, MD, and has been awarded Individual Performing Artist Grants in both 2014 and 2018 from the Maryland State Counsel for the Arts. DiLutis is an artist for Buffet Crampon, Rovner, Lohff & Pfeiffer, and Selmer and has recorded on the Delos and Tonsehen labels.