Hot News August 2005

Buffet Clarinet Exhibit

Francois Kloc Buffet Presentation

Mr Kloc and Greg Raden

Chris Coppinger at Exhibit

Mr Kloc with student

William Blayney from Seattle Symphony

Robert DiLutis Reed Class

Student with David Gould

Student with Greg Raden

David Resnoeth Greek Folk Music

Robert DiLutis, Chris Coppinger and Mike Getzin

Master Week faculty and friends

Ken Grant, Robert DiLutis and student

Vandoren Mouthpiece try with Mr Gould

Faculty of Week

Clarinet Choir under William Blayney

Robert DiLutis with Choir rehearsal

Patti DiLutis in rehearsal

Clarinet Choir setup

Combined Clarinet Choir

26 August 2005

 Buffet-Crampon 2nd Annual Clarinet Music Masters Week

 Rochester, New York USA

         The 2nd Buffet-Crampon Clarinet Masters Week was held with a substantial enrollment of clarinetists

of all levels, from amateur to professional taking part in master classes, Clarinet Choir rehearsals in preparation

for a finale concert the last day of this week.  Guest artists included Greg Raden, solo Clarinetist in the Dallas

Symphony, David Gould, major New York clarinetist and Vandoren US representative, David   Drosinos, a

Greek Band musician, Francois Kloc, Buffet North American Chief and Artist Director, who gave a major

lecture based on a PBS broadcast regarding the near extinction of the Mpingo trees grown in East Africa

due to deforestation, fires, and lack of concern in its preservation and re-supply to serve the Woodwind

Instrument Industry. This wood is probably the hardest material grown, and in the production of clarinets,

the quality must be consistent with enough quantity to make fine instruments for the long term. Until the

last few years, these woods have been on the endangered lists because of over-consumption, forest fires,  

and waste.  The supply has been partially corrected but efforts are being sought to expand the quantity of

trees. To make full size, the time line is about 60 years. Chris Coppinger, Buffet USA Northeast Manager,

exhibited all the models for tryout and sale if players desired it.  David Gould from Vandoren gave a

comprehensive session on mouthpiece selection and reeds.   Players desiring instrument checks and

repairs were offered this opportunity for free courtesy of Buffet.  Mr Kloc performed these services.   

Greg Raden gave a master class with a number of students who performed both solo pieces and

orchestral excerpts.

          A session on Greek Clarinet folk music was performed and explained by guest artist David  Drosinos

from the Zephyros Greek Band; He also performs with the Key West Symphony.  The participants were invited

to play along with the music passed out to see the style and the theory.  This appearance was a high point of the week.

          Exhibits of Buffet instruments and accessories were available from the firms and Frederick Weiner who

came from New York to make materials available. The full clarinet model range was nearby to try including

the Tosca Clarinets.

          Three Clarinet Choirs rehearsed all week conducted by William Blaney, clarinetist in the Seattle Symphony, 

Patti DiLutis, 2nd/Eb Clarinetist in the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Robert DiLutis, 2nd/Eb in the Rochester Philharmonic. 

A consolidated mass ensemble finished the finale. 

          Based on the success of the last 2 years, this Masters Week will be held again next year, with extensive plans

yet to be announced. Credit goes to Robert and Patti Dilutis, Buffet, Vandoren, and the faculty for staging a success this week.

Festival group with faculty and participants

Major concert with Feidman

Klezmer performance in Synogogue in Safed

Klezmer trio performance

Clarinet class

Helmut Eisel and Clarinet Class

Feidman class

Charles Neidich

Ilan and Clarinet Class

Eva Wasserman and Clarinet Choir

Klezmer ensemble

Feidman, Eisel in concert

Soloist Katz in concert

Klezmer solos with Feidman

Giora and Klezmer group

Students in concert

Concert group in concert

Class with Feidman

Feidman solos in concert

Gallery soloists

22 August 2005

Clarinet &  Klezmer in the Galilee  Music Festival in Israel  with Giora Feidman

Safed and Tel Aviv, Israel

        The 2nd Festival showcasing the Clarinet in the Tri – style (Classic, Jazz, Klezmer) was held with an

enthusiastic number of students, and professionals from all over Europe, North America, and Israel.   

The faculty, like the previous year, included luminaries as Professor Charles Neidich - International

Soloist and Professor of Clarinet in the Juilliard School of Music, New York, Maestro Raul Jauren -

International Soloist and professor of Bandoneon. World specialist in Tango and Piazzola music, and a

long time member in the Giora Feidman Quartet,  Helmut Eisel – Klezmer Assistant to Giora Feidman, 

Ilan Schul - Head of the Jerusalem Academy of Music -Classical Clarinet,  Guri Agmon - Jazz Saxophonist

and clarinetist - Head of the Department of Jazz and Multi Disciplinary Music of the Jerusalem Music and

Dance Academy, Moshe (Moussa) Berlin - Klezmer Clarinet performer,  Richard Lesser – Retired Solo  

Clarinetist in Israel Philharmonic, Eva Wasserman-Margolis - Internationally recognized Classical Clarinetist

specializing in Tone Production, Orit Orbach - Classical Clarinet, Jazz, Klezmer performer and teacher. 

        Of special interest is the invitation to Giora Feidman from the Vatican to perform for Pope Benedict XVI

on 20 August in Cologne Germany for the Catholic Youth Day, where Meastro Feidman performed personally

for the Pope and 1 million attendees of this special day, and broadcast for over 1 billion people worldwide from

this event.  During this week in Safed, master classes, lessons, rehearsals including Clarinet Choir

(conducted by Eva Wasserman), and daily concerts with several instrumental combinations and levels of

participant players.  Like the first year, emphasis was placed on understanding and learning the 3 musical

concepts with the best in the field giving the training.  Inspiration was contagious with the teaching and

performance of the above great players on faculty, notably Charles Neidich from Juilliard,   Helmut Eisel,

klezmer luminary from Berlin and Assistant to Mr Feidman, Richard Lesser from the Israel Philharmonic,

and many others.  Activity was constant all day every day and the students surely were very different and

advanced having taken part in this week.  

       What makes this such a special event is the location in Safed – a homeplace of Klezmer and Kabbala. 

Mosha Berlin, a Rabbai and an artist Klezmer Clarinetist, was an inspiration leading to Giora Feidman and his

efforts in revival of Klezmer music which has evolved in quality and popularity of this style.   Jewish tradition

and history, a major part of this music, was covered during this week by Mr Feidman.  

       An interesting aspect not always realized is the kind of festivals held on this and other instruments; 

some Festivals are showcase in nature to hear many diverse players and concepts,  other festivals and

workshops are designed to provide training with specific artists and performances with both faculty and

students.  It is highly advised that players get involved in both, and the Galilee Klezmer Festival is a

perfect setting to advance given its diversity of offering, the supreme quality of artist faculty, direct

association with the ‘Prophet of Klezmer’ Mr Feidman,  and the historic location in Safed.   Being

involved in this location gives a new perspective about cultural values and assets to be found here

in Israel and knowing the sincerity behind this country.  This is a ‘must come’ festival for all players.     


Giora Feidman in Concerto in Tel Aviv Israel

Bass Clarinet student with Feidman in Safed

Safed Klezmer performance with Eddie Daniels and Philippe Cuper

Trio session in Safed

Mike Getzin and Giora Feidman in Tel Aviv Finale concert

20 August 2005

Giora Feidman  performs Klezmer for Pope Benedict XVI at Catholic Youth Day

Koln (Cologne) Germany

         His travel itinerary has him hopping from Safed to Germany and back in two days. While most men

nearing 70 years of age prefer a quieter lifestyle, Giora Feidman, a world famous Israeli clarinetist, has

other plans. The "maestro of the clarinet" was thrilled to accept an invitation from the Vatican to perform

at Catholic World Youth Day in Cologne on August 20 and performed  before Pope Benedict XVI. This means,

however, that he will had to fly directly from Safed to Germany, where he is scheduled to give clarinet lessons

as part of the second annual "Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee," preceding the famous Klezmer Festival in

Safed (August 22-25). He  rushed immediately back to Israel to make the festival's opening.

          In Germany, Feidman will be playing together with his international sextet, Nothing But Music, who

have been collaborating with him recently to stage a musical.

          It may seem astonishing that the Holy See would think to invite a Jewish Klezmer musician and his

sextet to deliver a papal performance. But dialogue with other religions has been a declared aim on the

agenda of the newly invested Pontifex. Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, John Paul II, Benedict

XVI has campaigned to reach out to both the Muslim and the Jewish religions. As a show of sincerity, he

personally invited Rome's chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, to his installation mass in April.

         The pope's journey to Cologne also includes an hour-long visit to the Cologne Synagogue, destroyed

by the Nazis during Kristallnacht in 1938, and rebuilt after the war. He plans to deliver a speech in the

synagogue on Friday.

         While all this sounds promising, whether Benedict XVI will actually walk the walk has yet to be seen.

While denouncing terrorism around the world, he has still failed to condemn acts of terror on Israel.

         It is hardly surprising on the other hand, that Giora Feidman has agreed to participate in the Catholic

spectacle. He has been known to join hands with others, regardless of their background or religion.

"I will represent Israel and the Jewish people in honor and with a sense of mission of bringing religions

closer together," the Klezmer said in statement.

         Incidentally, the members of Nothing But Music not only hail from four different nations, but also adhere

to all three monotheistic religions. Hence it's natural that at their at their Cologne debut, they will perform not

only "Havenu Shalom Aleikhem" and "Blessed be your Children," but also the prayer "Ave Maria."

        In front of one and a half million at Cologne's Marienfeld arena,  and broadcast to over 1 billion people

worldwide, the band performed  a 45-minute show on Saturday night - just before the arrival and speech of

Benedictus XVI.

        In his first journey to his native country since his election to the papacy, the pontiffl arrived in time to hear

two Feidman songs: "Ave Maria" and the song "Blessed be your children" by Ora Bat-Khaim, which Feidman

hopes to have already played for the audience so that they can join in.

        Nothing But Music have also been working together on a musical called "Nothing But Music," which tells

the life story of Giora Feidman's family - all musicians.

        The play musically recounts the migration of European Jewry from place to place due repeated persecutions.

Feidman and his band conveyed impressions of the different places that play central roles in European Jewish

history by incorporating aspects of their musical tradition in the show.


14 August 2005

Internationale Klarinettentage

Melchsee-Fruitt, Switzerland



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      During this intensive week of Master Classes, concerts, and the informal environment in this great country,

activities involved an inspiring array of clarinet ensembles, solo coaching, and important pro-activity.  The Director,

Bernhard Rothlisberger, with guest artist Freddy Arteel from Ghent Belgium are both credited with the success of

this valuable program.  This conference will be offered in summer 2006 again. It is important for clarinetists to

advance their perspectives by exploring the International scene.

Clarinet coaching with Luigi Magistrelli

Magistrelli and Im Soo Lee in recital

Mendellsohn performance

Faculty and student lunch

Bear Town Music Camp students and faculty

7 August 2005

Summer Music Camp in Bears Town, South Korea (August   1-7  2005 )

         From 1st until 7th  of August a clarinet summer camp  was organized in Bears Town ( winter resort), 50 kilometers

from Seoul. .The teachers were Im Soo Lee (former principal at the Seoul Philharmonic and now teacher in various

Universities in Seoul and solo performer) and Luigi Magistrelli from Milano (Italy) clarinet Professor at the Conservatory

of Milano, freelance and recording artist. The two teachers had around twenty clarinet students of different performance

levels to teach. .Some of them have already graduated and  been trained in the United States. The general level was quite

high and every night the students had the opportunity to perform in front of the other students. The last night the two

teachers gave a concert performing the Mendelssohn Concert piece no.1, the Crusell Adagio and Rondò, plus two short

and nice encores


29 July 2005

The Clarinet Summer School 2005,  Andrew Roberts, Course Director

Liverpool, England

2005 clarinet choir
2005 clarinet choir

Having just completed the eighth successful year of The Clarinet Summer School I wanted to write to thank everyone involved.

This was the first year for the intermediate course students who joined us for two days. They were kept busy by Janet Crossley, Caroline Wheeler and myself. Janet was a founder member of the course, and a student of mine for many years, I am very grateful to her for all her hard work and enthusiasm. Despite a few teething problems the intermediate students all seem to have enjoyed themselves, and we hope that they will encourage many of their friends to join us next year.

The success of any course can surely be judged by the number of returning students. This year 50% of the students on the advanced course had previously attended the course! Both Les and I were delighted to see so many old friends and to have a chance to see the results of our work coming to fruition.

Andy demonstrates circular breathing
Andy demonstrates circular breathing

The dedication of the tutors of The Clarinet Summer School has been a key part of its success. Les has been a great support to me both on the course and in my playing career. He is a kind and dedicated tutor whose support, in almost every practical way, is freely given and gratefully received. He fetches the extra instruments and music for the clarinet choir, and puts up with my ridiculously busy schedules without too much complaint. His performances always impress, not least from his commitment to trying new ideas and equipment, nice barrels and bells this year! His dedication as a teacher is clear to every student on the course. His knowledge and ability to get the best out of students is legendary, he is always willing to share his experience freely. He has had limited success however, in training me in his ability to function 100% on very little sleep.

Les and I both worked with Victoria Soames Samek earlier this year in Cardiff and were very keen to have her join us this Summer. Victoria brought a new angle to many of the ideas that have been covered during The Clarinet Summer School, which were greatly appreciated by all the students. The demands placed on tutors for any course like this are considerable, and we are very fortunate to have such generosity from visiting memebers of staff. Victoria was enlightening and inspiring during her time with us, and was willing to "muck in" with every aspect of the course, for which I am very grateful indeed. This kind of spirit is what makes this course so special and demonstrates the benefit that music can bring to us all through communication.

Gentle warm up with Chris Mimnagh
Gentle warm up with Chris Mimnagh

As part of the Andy Roberts "pit crew" Dr Chris Mimnagh has been an invaluable help to me and I am indebted to him for his time and expertise  The Clarinet Summer School. He made us think about just how abnormal we are as clarinet players, but managed to throws us a life line with his advice on avoiding performance related injuries. Thanks are also due to Alastair Watson for his fascinating lecture, which should help us all to play the clarinet better, by using our brains!

Part of the final concert
Part of the final concert

David Walters has been involved with organising and performing on the The Clarinet Summer School from the start. Without his help I would not feel able to organise this event. His work is deeply appreciated by everyone connected with course, and non more so than me. His skills as a musician and teacher are something of which Hope University College should be truly proud.

David was delighted when I told him that we had managed to secure the services of John Wilson to help him out on this years course. John was David's tutor at the RNCM. As Head of Accompaniment for so many years at the RNCM John has built an enviable reputation as one of the best accompanists in the business. He has worked with many great performers, and many lesser ones like myself! John brought his vast experience to the course, and everyone was delighted to be able to share his knowledge and obvious love of music.

Another vital part of the success of The Clarinet Summer School is the generosity of its sponsors.

This year the major sponsors John Packer and Vandoren were joined again by the Danish company Lohff & Pfeifer, Woodwind & Co and Selmer/Leblanc. Without continued sponsorship this course simply could not run, and once again I am deeply indebted to them all for their continued support and help.


Wolfgang Lohff
Wolfgang Lohff

Wolfgang spent a much of his time on the course repairing and overhauling instruments for students on the course. This was a new departure for us last year and will I hope continue to be a feature in the future. The insights he gives us on the production of instruments will hopefully start an interest in many players to demand new and higher standards for themselves. Do keep checking this web site for articles related to this in the near future.

Eddie Ashton has a long standing involvement with the course. He has made many friends as result of his support of the course, who will continue to benefit from his knowledge and skill.

Jon Parkinson and Kerry Long have once again been generous with their support of the course and have become firm friends of everyone involved with The Clarinet Summer School at Hope University, Liverpool.

It just remains now for me to thank the other very important people on the course.... the students. I am pleased to say that by the end of the week I felt privileged to meet and work with so many interesting and talented players and I hope to see some of you again in the future.

Quintet performing during the final concert

Bagpipe and Clarinetists at ClarinetFest beginning

Contemporary Bass Clarinets in Concert Hall

Clarinet Quartet

Japanese Klezmer ensemble

Industry exhibits

Mike Getzin, Eva Wasserman, Phillippe Cuper, and Josef Balogh

Yamaha display with designer, Getzin, and senior representative Shigeru Yamaryo

Ricardo Moralis, Getzin and Morrie Backun

Allesandro Carbonare soloist at Selmer

Jessica Phillips, Metrolitan Opera and Ricardo Morales, Philadelphia Orchestra

Getzin, Morales, Bay representative

Charles Neidich Master Class

Ludmilla Peterkov from Chech Republic at Wurlitzer

Wurlitzer Reform Boehm Clarinet showing

Morales, Guy Deplus and Mike Getzin

24 July 2005

 ClarinetFest in Tama, Tokyo, Japan in July 2005

Koichi Hamanaka – President

        We are very glad to inform you that the ClarinetFest 2005 Tama,Tokyo has been successfully over. We believe that 23,000 people gathered fully enjoyed the festival and had unforgettable memory. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the delegates and their heartful performances.
The following is the result of ICA competition at our festival.

Sincerely of Organizing committee of ClarinetFest 2005 Tama, Tokyo.


  1st prizeDario BrignoliItaly
  2nd prizeYuki MaedaJapan
  3rd prizeMakoto YoshidaJapan

  1st prizeMaria Candida Alves Moreira de OliveraPortgal
  2nd prizeYao Vita Sousa MoreiraPortgal
  3rd prizeAlexey GorokholinskyRussia

 The annual ClarinetFest, collaborated between the Japanese Clarinet Society and the

International Clarinet Association (ICA), is possibly the most extensive and highest quality showcase

of any festival in recent memory.  The comments stated above are an incredible understatement of the

quality performed here by so many performers, high tier and unknown, and super quality ensembles

supporting the performances, including 2 Orchestras, a Symphonic Band, and 12 Clarinet Choirs from

within Japan and the British Clarinet Ensemble.  All the logistical preparation was handled by the

Japanese hosts, including artist selection, advertising to promote the Festival on the National level in

Japan, securing grant funding from the City of Tama and the State, acquiring the Parthenon Center, one

of the most prestigious Performing Arts Centers in Japan, for all activities including concerts, recitals,

rehearsals, teaching areas for Master Classes, and more. In the USA, a Festival of this quality would

exceed $750,000.  Grant support in Japan is over 3 times that compared to the US. 

Aolis Clarinet Choir

Kamataxhi Clarinet Orchestra

Kamazani Clarinet Orchestra

Osaka Clarinet Orchestra

Sendai Clarinet Ensemble

Sndazio Clarinet Choir

British Clarinet Ensemble

Der Holz Clarinet Ensemble

Nagora University Clarinet Orchestra

Super Wind Orchestra with Anna Hamamoto Clarinet soloist

Japanses Jazz Ensemble with soloists

Buddy DeFranco jazz

Big Band with Buddy DeFranco and Eddie Daniels

Big Band and Eddie Daniels

Buddy DeFranco and Eddie Daniels


Performers and Ensembles


Aeolus Clarinet Choir (Showa Academia Musicae)

Formed in 1984 by the former lecturer at the Showa Academia Musicae, Nagataka Ogasawara. The first concert was held in the year it was established under the baton of Ogasawara. Since the 11th annual concert in 1995, the baton was passed on to Horikawa, lecuturer of the school. In 1998, 2000, and 2004, special concerts were held inviting the clarinetist, Walter Boeykens as the conductor. The performance was highly praised by Boeykens, and it resulted in a production of a CD. The Choir is holding performances aggressively in both within and outside the University, in addition to the regular annual concert held once every year. ‘Aeolus’ is a “God of Flight” in Greek Myth, that represents a big leap and rules the sky.

Monday, July 18, 14:00 Concert Hall


Tatsuzo Akasaka

After studying at Kunitachi College of Music, he learned at Conservatoire Supérieur Nationale de Musique de Paris, Conservatoire Nationale de Versailles and Paul Ducas Conservatoire, graduating with Premier Prix from all of them. He has remarkable winning records, such as the first prize at Paris International Competition in 1987, third prize at Toulon International Competition in 1991, first prize at Japan Wood-wind Competition, just to name a few. He enjoys acclaim as an authodox clarinetist because of his supreme techniques and musicianship, as well as great popularity from the people of different generations because of his variety of repertoire, pops and folk music, to say nothing of classic. Joined the concert tour of Altes Quartet from Vienna to Japan in 2000, and also Goede Trio, conducted by Daniel Goede, for their Japan tour in 2002.

Wednesday, July 20, 15:30 Recital Hall


Ricardo Alves

Born in 1978 in Portugal. He studied at Oporto Conservatory with Adam Wierzba and at ESMAE University with Antonio Saiote. He participated in some Portuguese and Spanish Orchestras. He has participated in competitions in Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, USA, Romania and won some prizes including the 2nd prize at Villa de Montroy Competition in 2003. He was the 2nd clarinet in Coimbra Chamber Orchestra and now is the 2nd clarinet of Centro Classic Orquestra. He is currently studying with Alain Damiens at Aveiro University for a Master Degree in Performance.

Thursday, July 21, 9:30 Recital Hall
Friday, July 22, 9:30
 Recital Hall


Michel Arrignon

Michel Arrignon started studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of 16 and won the first prize for clarinet and for chamber music. After graduation, he went to the United States to study further at the University of Michigan. In 1972, won the second prize at Geneva International Competition. Played with Ensemble Inter-Contemporain under direction of Piere Boulez from 1978 to 1983, and in 1984 joined the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris as principal clarinetist playing for five years. Appointed as professor of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1989 and he continues teaching until now. His repertoire is wide enough from the works before Mozart to contemporary clarinet pieces. His techniques, as well as interpretation especially of the contemporary music, enjoys world-wide recognition and acclaim, and many composers dedicated works to him. He has also been devoting himself in developing the young musicians and invited to various workshops and seminars held throughout the world.

Thursday, July 21, 10:00 Conference Room No. 1
Friday, July 22, 10:30
 Recital Hall
Sunday, July 24, 19:00
 Concert Hall


Keiichi Atsuta

While studying at Kunitachi College of Music, obtained French government scholorship and studied at National Rouen Conservatory. Won the 3rd prize at the 47th Japan Music Competition. In 1984, invited as principal clarinet player to the Korean Symphony Orchestra taking the chance of its foundation. Studied also in Vienna as a trainee despatched by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in l989, and since his return, has taught at Shobi Academy of Music in Tokyo and Shin-ai Gakuen School in Hamamatsu. Now active as a lecturer at Nagoya College of Music while playing as a member of Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall


Christopher Ayer

Christopher Ayer is a professor of Clarinet at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, where he coordinates undergraduate and graduate clarinet study. He has adjudicated competitions, presented clinics, and performed in solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Ayer earned the DMA in clarinet performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has studied with Thomas Martin and Ronald de Kant and has performed under the baton of Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson-Thomas.

Wednesday, July 20, 13:00 Conference Room No. 1


Tie Bai

Regarded as one of China’s finest clarinetists. He was the winner of the First Chinese Youth Clarinet Competition. T. Bai graduated from Beijing Military Art College and University of Southern California. He has given solo recitals in major cities in China, the United States, Europe and Asia. He has also been featured as a soloist with California Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and Chengdu Philharmonic and many others. His book, “Clarinet Staccato”, was published by Chinese Youth Publishing House, and his solo CD was released by China Audio & Video Publishing House.

Thursday, July 21, 9:30 Recital Hall


Marguerite Baker

Principal clarinetist with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Towson University. An active performer in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, she performs regularly with the National Gallery Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, and the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra. In previous seasons, she has played with the Kennedy Center Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and in various theater orchestras. She is a former member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. , and was a guest artist at Music from Gretna in June 2000 and in the summers of 1998 and 1999. She was on faculty at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan performing as soloist and as a member of Quintessence Chamber Ensemble. An active chamber musician, being a founding member of the Atlantic Winds woodwind quintet. In April 2004 she was invited to perform solo recitals with pianist, Jeffrey Chappell at the Whim Museums Candlelight Concert Series in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Friday, July 22, 12:00 Recital Hall


Jozsef Balogh

Clarinetist, composer, and a respected teacher and long-term member of InterClarinet, a quintet of clarinets. He is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. As a principal clarinetist, Jozsef Balogh was a member of such ensembles as the Opera Orchestra and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and an active performer on clarinet, saxophone and the traditional instrument, the tarogato. He uses both the German and Böhm system clarinets equally. His repertory covers a wide range of musical genres from classical to jazz, klezmer, even gipsy, combining Hungarian musical traditions and Middle Eastern influences with his own personal style. Performs extensively as both soloist and chamber musician, and gives masterclasses throughout the world. He is the Director of Europe Art School , and the Interclarinet Master School in Budapest. He is also the President of the Hungarian Clarinet Society.

Tuesday, July 19, 19:00 Recital Hall


Diane Barger

Associate professor of clarinet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet and serves as principal clarinetist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. An active soloist, chamber musician and master class clinician throughout the United States and abroad, Barger has been a featured artist at numerous I.C.A. ClarinetFests and Oklahoma Clarinet Symposiums. With the Moran Quintet, one of the most active and visible quintets in the Midwest, she has performed at the Grand Valley Music Festival, the North Central Music Educator's National Convention, the Double Reed Society Convention, and at various universities around the United States. As a student of Frank Kowalsky and Robert Marcellus, she received the Doctor of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Florida State University and the Graduate Certificate and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University.

Friday, July 22, 9:30 Recital Hall


Dr. Gregory M. Barrett

Besides being professor at Northern Illinois University, he plays in the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Ars Viva Symphony, comprised mainly of performers from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras in Chicago area. He has been presenting Japanese music to the clarinetists around Chicago and hosted at his university “Sounds of Japan,” an entire day of music festival inviting Japanese Consul-General. Clarinet choir performed the lead of Hideaki lwai, “Dawn” by Nagako Konishi, and arrangements of “Chatsumi” and “Haru yo Koi”, etc. , Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh performed the works by Ichiro Nodaira, Akira Miyoshi, and Takashi Yoshimatsu. Recorded the CD of the Finnish clarinet music, which was certainly influenced by lzumi Tateno and others ranging from traditional to avant-garde.

Thursday, July 21, 10:00 Recital Hall


Basset Sound

Takeshi Sugimoto: Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music studied with late Kazuhiko Ikematsu. Now the member of Yokohama Clarinet Ensemble, and also of Yokohama Gakuyu-Kyokai Wind Orchestra, and Erde Opera Philharmonic Orchestra. An instructor of the Wind Crew at Yamano Gakki Music Store.
Rika Irii: Graduated from Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and also from Kunitachi Conservatory, Music Department. Studied with Akira Tsunoda, P. Schmiddle and M. Bower. Member of Erde Opera Philharmonic Orchestra, and now performing as a free-lance clarinetist.
Chisato Takahashi: Graduated from Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, studied with Late Kazuhiko Ikemastsu, Akira Tsunoda and Masakazu Fukushima. Performing the clarinet while working at the IT-oriented company. Organizes a music school in Tokyo, and a member of Yokohama Clarinet Ensemble as well.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall


Kristina Belisle

Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Akron, clarinetist of the Solaris Wind Quintet, and Principal Clarinetist of the Akron Symphony. An active soloist, she has performed concertos with the Houston Symphony, the Flint Symphony, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and orchestras/wind ensembles throughout Arkansas and North East Ohio. As a chamber musician, she has performed at the Renaud Chamber Music Series, the Fontana Festival of Music and Art, the Norfolk, Bowdoin, and Garth Newel Chamber Music Festivals. Internationally, Belisle has performed at the 2003 and 2000 International ClarinetFests, the 2002 Xi'an (China) International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival and has given masterclasses in China and Taiwan. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where she studied with Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr.

Friday, July 22, 10:30 Recital Hall


Ani A. Berberian

Clarinetist with the United States Air Force Academy Band and the Rampart Winds Woodwind Quintet. Prior to her appointment in 2003, she served as Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Music Theory at Southwest Missouri State University. She has appeared internationally as a soloist and clinician, having performed at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference, and the Oklahoma, Arkansas, Montana-Idaho and Michigan Clarinet Symposia. As a member of the Missouri Chamber Players, she appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Norway, Sweden and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland. Ani holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University, the Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, to name a few. Her principal teachers include Elsa Ludewig Verdehr, Robert Spring, and Luis Rossi.

Wednesday, July 20, 13:00 Recital Hall


Jan Jakub Bokun

Born in 1974 in Wroclaw (Poland). He studied clarinet at the city’s music academy and later with Guy Dangain at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In 2001, he received a master degree in conducting at the University of Southern California. He was awarded fellowships to the American Academy for Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and the Verbier Academy, studying with David Zinman, Jorma Panula, Kurt Masur and James Levine. He has won prizes, as soloist, chamber musician and conductor at various competitions. Twice - in 1999 in Ostend and in 2002 in Stockholm, he was the Polish representative at the ClarinetFest. He has been invited to give masterclasses at the Sofia Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. Since 2001, he taught clarinet and chamber music at the Wroclaw Academy of Music

Wednesday, July 20, 15:00 Recital Hall


The British Clarinet Ensemble

Formed in 1995 and is sponsored by the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Its members are professional performers, clarinet teacher and enthusiasts. After making British debut at the Annual Conference of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, the group has performed in various places and occasions. The group participated in the International ClarinetFest several times after the first appearance in 1999 in Ostend, Belgium, at the festivals and concerts including International ClarinetFest in 1999 held in Ostend, Belgium, New Orleans in 2000, Colchester, Essex, in 2002 and also in 2003 in Washington D. C. They are also the frequent guest performers at the British Clarinet Congress, while touring around Europe and other countries. They have also made recording for CDs.

Saturday, July 23, 11:00 Concert Hall


Jean-Daniel Bugaj

He obtained the first prize at the Municipal Conservatory of the sixth ward in Paris in 1999, having studied with Bruno Martinez, and also first prize of clarinet with unanimity at the National Conservatory in Versailles, learning under Philippe Cuper, and moreover the first prize of clarinet with unanimity at the Conservatoire National Supérieur (de Musique) de Paris. Participated in 2001 to 2002 in the Bohuslav Martinu International Music Academy in Prague whose art director was Maurice Bourgue. In 2001 he was admitted to join the Air of Paris Music Orchestra, and in 2003 also admitted to join the National Police Orchestra of Paris. In the same year, he joined in the Sandander International Music Academy of chamber music in Spain, and appeared in the concerts with Gerard Causse, Klaus Thunemann, and so on. He gave concerts in the 39th International Music Festival of La Chaisedieu with Maurice Bourgue. Played as soloist of the Royal Flandres Philharmony Orchestra in Antwerp for which Philippe Herreweche was music director. Now a Clarinet Soloist of the Bretagne Orchestra.

Friday, July 22, 17:00 Recital Hall


Brigid Burke

A composer, clarinet soloist, visual artist, and educator, having the Master of Music in composition from Melbourne University. She has performed extensively in solo and chamber recitals, both nationally and internationally. In 2005 she made performance in Logos, Germany, CD launch and art exhibition in Melbourne, concerts of original works at Melbourne Kalied Theatre and Victoria University with David McNicol, piano, and performances of original works with ensemble Elk Trio. Previous highlights include the 2003 Asian Music Festival Tokyo, 2002 Cybersonica Festival at The ICA London, and Seoul International Computer Music Festivals. Her work exists on the cusp between acoustic and electronic sound with mixed media art works, traditional print making, video art and the new and fledging forms within the field of electronic music and imaging. Her work is beyond the framework of traditional music and video art and is considered as electronic painting, or a high art concert. Her most recent CD recordings have been reviewed and broadcasted internationally. The Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council, Japanese Printing Corporation, Community Arts Centers and universities have also supported Brigid in her performances, compositions and artwork.

Sunday, July 24, 12:00 Concert Hall


Alessandro Carbonare

Studied music at Verona conservatory in Italy. Awarded at international competitions in Geneva, Prague, Paris, Toulon and Munich. As a soloist, he has given a lot of concerts with many notable orchestras including the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Wien Sinfonietta and so on. He has appeared at prestigious halls such as the Champs Elisèe Theater in Paris, the Mozarteum in Salzbourg, Carnegie Hall in New York and many others. His next concerts featured as soloist will be with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Italy, Oslo Philarmonic Orchestra, etc. Currently he is the principal clarinetist (super-soloist) in the French National Orchestra. He took back again the way of Italy two years ago for integrate with l’Académie Sante Cécilia à Roma. He gives master-classes at universities and academies in Italy, the USA and Japan. He also contributes to the development of this instrument with the Selmer Company, Paris, and the expansion of the repertoire for the clarinet with the support of Vandoren-Paris Company.

Wednesday, July 20, 17:00 Concert Hall
Thursday, July 21, 19:30
 Concert Hall


Pedro Cervantes-Ojeda

Pedro Cervantes-Ojeda is a Professor of Music at the Autonomous University of Baja California and at the University of Colima in Mexico. Lead clarinet in the Wind Quintet of the University of Colima and also playing with the Orchestra of the Californias. He has collaborated with several professional organizations in Mexico and in other countries, among them are the Baja California Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Carlos Chavez Symphonic Orchestra. Also conducted several orchestras and professional chamber music ensembles. He studied orchestra conducting and clarinet in Mexico City and since the initiation of his professional career, has attended the advanced music courses in his native Mexico, Argentina, the United States, and most recently, in Italy.

Sunday, July 24, 10:00 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Leanne Manning Chan

Principal clarinetist of the Shenzilen Symphony Orchestra in China, a member of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and plays with the Hong Kong Philharmonic as an extra player. She has performed for the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society, and broadcasted for RTHK Radio 4. The first prize winner of the 2003 Co-op Press Woodwind Recording Competition (USA), Chan recently performed an all Bozza Program at the Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds in Australia. She has a Bachelor of Music with honours from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying with Floyd Williams. She has a Master of Music from Michigan State University, USA, studying with Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and has also studied with Andrew Marriner and Andrew Simon. Before living in Hong Kong, Leanne free-lanced with many professional orchestras and ensembles in Australia and the USA, including the Long Beach and Santa Monica Symphonies, faculty and contemporary music ensembles at the University of California, San Diego, etc.

Saturday, July 23, 14:00 Recital Hall


Wei-Leng (William) Chen

Wei-leng (William) Chen has been principal clarinetist of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra for 19 years. During graduate studies with Anthony Gigliotti at Temple University in Philadelphia, he gained a rapport with his teacher, which continued over the years and in their collaboration with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. An international performer, Chen appears often as an orchestral soloist, and chamber music recitalist. He can be heard performing with the Concerto Soloists, and the Taipei Woodwind Quintet. Chen is frequently invited to judge competitions, and has recently been asked to join panels for the Japan Young Artists Competition of JCS and the International Clarinet Competition. He was Music Director of 2003 International Clarinet Festival in Taipei.

Friday, July 22, 18:30 Recital Hall


Clearly Three

The members of the Clearly Three have performed together for numerous times during the past twenty years. All three performers teach at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. They officially came together as Clearly Three in 2002-2003 as a result of a research project on music for clarinet, bassoon and piano, producing a CD recording of some of their favorite compositions in 2005. The CD, Clearly Three performs Trios from the Twentieth Century is available through

Friday, July 22, 15:00 Recital Hall


Jonathan Cohler

Jonathan Cohler is recognized internationally as an absolute master of the clarinet, technically and tonally. Through his performances around the world and on records, he has thrilled an ever-widening audience with his incredible musicianship and total technical command. “Fanfare” Magazine has compared him to one of the giants of classical music, Dinu Lipatti, and the magazine dubbed his performance “superhuman”. A highly acclaimed recording artist with an extraordinary wide repertoire, his release of “More Cohler on Clarinet” was chosen for BBC Music Magazine’s Best CD of The Year. In addition to his work as a soloist, he is an active chamber musician and conductor and currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra and Founder/Artistic Director of the world renowned International Woodwind Festival.

Saturday, July 23, 16:30 Recital Hall


Larry Combs

Larry Combs has been Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1978 and DePaul School of Music Faculty since 1981. He is a founding member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, serving as Artistic Co-Director from 1987 to 1995. He has recorded virtually the entire orchestral repertoire with the Chicago Symphony under such conductors as Solti, Barenboim, Levine, Abbado, Tilson-Thomas, Boulez and others. He was awarded the Grammy in 1994 for his participation in the recording of chamber music of Beethoven and Mozart with Daniel Barenboim and members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony and with orchestras nation-wide. He was selected as a member of the World Orchestra for Peace in Geneva commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations in 1998.

Wednesday, July 20, 19:30 Concert Hall


Philippe Cuper

Philippe Cuper has played first clarinet in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Abbado (for a tour in South Africa in 2000), in the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, in the Czech Philharmonic, and for about 50 other orchestras around the world. He is currently first solo clarinet at the Paris Opera. He studied clarinet with Gilbert Voisin, Guy Dangain, Guy Deplus and Henri Druart, and musicology at the Sorbonne. He is the top-prize winner at the Paris Concservatoire and at the international competition in Prague. He has collaborated with composers such as Messiaen and Francaix, and chamber music partners such as P. Badura-Sukoda and M. W. Chung. Cuper is a professor at the Versailles Conservatory, and has taught at academies and universities in numerous cities of the world.

Wednesday, July 20, 19:30 Concert Hall
Thursday, July 21, 17:00
 Recital Hall


Eddie Daniels

He first came to the attention as a tenor saxophonist with the Tad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966, having won the first prize on saxophone at the International Competition for Modern Jazz in Vienna. He worked with Tad and Mel for several years, touring Europe and making live recording by clarinet at the Village Vanguard, which won Downbeat Magazine's International Critics New Star of Clarinet Award in 1986. He began studying clarinet at age 13 and recieved masters degree in clarinet from The Julliard Scool. Jack Elliot, musical director of New American Orchestra, commissioned Gorge Calandrelli to compose for him, and Daniels premiered Concerto for Jazz Clarinet and Orchestra in 1984, then recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London on his debut album “Breakthrough,” which achieved overwhelming critical acclaim, and he started diverse recordings in many styles of jazz, classical and crossover. In his hands, the music of Mozart can be as engaging as that of Charlie Parker and a concert featuring both can be a uniquely rewarding experience for the audience.

Wednesday, July 20, 19:30 Concert Hall
Friday, July 22, 19:00
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Buddy DeFranco

Buddy began playing professionally in 1935, at the age of only 12, helping his blind father support a poor family in South Philadelphia. Now 82, he has begun his 70th year as a professional musician, still accepting new challenges and playing with new partners. When the prize list he has received is seen, it can be said that he is the First Jazz Clarinetist in the World, and one of the most imaginative! He used to play with Count Basie Septet, Glenn Miller Orchestra, with Billy Holiday, Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gilespie. It’s impossible to count the number of shows where he was seen, and moreover, he has his own TV show in the United States. He has been heard all over the world, because he is either a composer, an arranger or a performer.

Friday, July 22, 19:00 Concert Hall


Guy Deplus

Strawinsky said about him: “Among the outstanding instrumentalists, Guy Deplus has really reached new instrumental and musical skills. ” After being professor of chamber music, later on professor of clarinet, of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, nowadays he is professor of the École Normale de Musique de Paris. He was also “supersoliste” of the Opéra of Paris. Founder, together with Pierre Boulez, of the “Concerts du Domain Musical” and “Ars Nova” with Marius Constant, Guy Deplus taught in Japan, the USA and regulary in Nice and Annecy. He is a judge of the most important international competitions, Munich, Prague, Tokyo, Genève, . . . A lot of composers have dedicated and entrusted the premier of their works to him: M. Constant, O. Messiaen, I. Xenakis, Jolivet. He has recorded several CD’s (Decca, C. B. S. , Deutsche Grammophon, Erato, . . . ) and has played with the most prestigious conductors: Monteux, Munch, Boehm, Solti, Sawallisch, Boulez. . .

Wednesday, July 20, 14:00 Recital Hall
Sunday, July 24, 19:00
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Julie DeRoche

Julie DeRoche completed her B.M. in clarinet performance at Northwestern University, where she was a student of Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. After graduation she remained in Chicago, developing a significant career as a clarinetist and educator. She performs regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and can be heard on a number of CSO recordings under the batons of Boulez and Barenboim. Since 1994 she has toured regularly with CSO in Europe, South America, Asia and the U.S. and has performed with that organization at the Ravinia Festival. In addition, she served full-time as acting second clarinetist for the 2000-2001 CSO season. She also performs with numerous chamber, opera and ballet orchestras and has recorded hundreds of radio and TV commercials.

Wednesday, July 20, 19:30 Concert Hall


Ros Dunlop

She has been a strong advocate for the cause of new music - particularly Australian new music - for the clarinet for most of her professional life. One of Australia’s leading clarinetist, especially of contemporary music, she has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, Hong Kong, East Timor, and the U. S. , giving solo and ensemble concerts and appearing at many festivals. In 2002, she made two concert tours of East Timor, performing multimedia pieces in town and venues that had never before seen and heard Western art music. In 2003, she toured the US, UK, Canada and Hong Kong, presenting multimedia concerts with a focus on human rights. She teaches clarinet at University of Sydney. She is also helping develop curriculum in East Timor and draw international attention to the traditional music of East Timor.

Sunday, July 24, 16:15 Recital Hall


Javier Vinasco

Founded in 2003 by Javier Vinasco and Tomás Barreiro, E C O (Ensamble ContemporáneO) is a group that seeks musical diversity. The intention of the ensemble is to broaden the limited repertoire for clarinet and guitar expanding it by transcribing music such as Latin-American, Impressionism, Baroque, Electronic, and New music, commissioning pieces from young composers. They are preparing their debut CD with Latin-American music.

Saturday, July 23, 9:30 Recital Hall


Joseph Eller

Joseph Eller has recently been appointed as the new clarinet professor at the University of South Carolina beginning in fall 2005. From 1998-2005, he served on the faculty at Kennesaw State University. A native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, he received his Bachelor degree from Eastern Michigan University and Master degree from Louisiana State University. Has given recitals and has been soloist with groups throughout much of the Eastern United States. In the spring of 2004, he toured Austria performing the double concerto for clarinet and violin by Karl Stamitz with Jay Christy. He was principal clarinetist with the 214th Army Band in Atlanta, GA from 1996 to 2000. He also served as principal clarinetist of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2005. Currently plays with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra.

Friday, July 22, 12:45 Recital Hall


Ensemble Sonorité

A clarinet quartet founded in Berlin in l995. After performing in Germany, as well as making CD recordings, they made debut in Japan in l999 toured in Tokyo, Hyogo and Yamanashi. In the same year, they started the series of concerts named “Sonorité Masterpiece Concerts”, and they enjoyed great success in the cities such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Hyogo. In the series of concerts, they performed more than eighty pieces in the classic and pop styles, and they have been active even more extensively taking advantage of soft and mild sounds typical of the clarinet ensemble. Released CDs in 2001 and 2004. The members to participate in the ClarinetFest 2005 will be H. Aoyama, A. Sunaba, T. Muranishi and A. Aoyama. (Photo shows the regular members. )

Sunday, July 24, 10:00 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


F. Gerard Errante

F. Gerard Errante is a clarinetist of international stature whose performances around the world have received critical acclaim. A native of New York City, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Michigan. Has published two books, composed ten works for clarinet. He has also recorded for nine record labels and for many national radio stations throughout the world. A former President of the International Clarinet Association, Errante will be honored at this ClarinetFest by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia where he is currently the Co-Director of the Norfolk Chamber Consort, a position he has held since 1972, a member of the newly formed duo, Clarion Synthesis, and a member of the new music ensemble, Creo based at Old Dominion University where he is serving as Adjunct Professor of Music

Sunday, July 24, 16:15 Recital Hall


Claude Faucomprez

Born in France. Studied at Rille Conservatoire National and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (Paris Conservatoire). Awarded at Munich International Competition. After playing with the Padour Symphony and New France Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, now the principal clarinetist of Rille National Symphony Orchestra, and also is a professor of Rille National Conservatoire.

Saturday, July 23, 15:30 Recital Hall


Flanders Clarinet Quartet

Flanders Clarinet Quartet is a top-level clarinet ensemble. For more than 15 years these musicians have been giving the traditional clarinet quartet a new lease of life through their unrelenting search for new repertoire, through giving exceptional concerts and by making unique recordings. Their vast experience of national and international concert activity (more than 450) and their numerous recordings are the fruits of these effort. Also in the future Flanders Clarinet Quartet intends to remain exemplary in their field, because of the enormously enthusiastic response of their public. People often comment that they rarely witnessed such an unusual and enjoyable concert as that of Flanders Clarinet Quartet.

Wednesday, July 20, 11:00 Recital Hall


The Fountain City Ensemble

The four members of The Fountain City Ensemble are all faculty of the same university. The clarinetist, Lisa Oberlander, acquired her Bachelor degree at the Indiana University and her MM and DMA at the Arizona State University. In 1994, she was a winner of the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, and has performed as a featured soloist with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and many others. She has also performed at the ClarinetFest in Salt Lake City in 2003 and Ostend, Belgium in 1999. Lisa is also a frequent chamber musician, solo recitalist, and clinician, giving recitals and master classes across the U. S. She joined the faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in 1998. Lisa performs on a Buffet Greenline clarinet with a Pyne mouthpiece and Vandoren V-12 reeds.

Friday, July 22, 12:45 Recital Hall


Stephen Fox

Stephen Fox combines the backgrounds of musician, instrument maker and scientist. As an active performer, he plays modern and historical clarinet and saxophone in orchestral, chamber and commercial music settings. He has presented recitals in Norway and Finland as well as across Canada. His lectures and demonstrations on clarinet acoustics, design and history have been heard at schools and universities in Europe and North America. Fox is one of the selected handful of independent clarinet builders in the Western world, designing and producing both modern clarinets and reproduction of historical instruments, used by musicians in all fields of music. For part of each year he also teaches woodwind instrument making and repairing at Musikk Instrument Adademiet in Sarpsborg, Norway.

Saturday, July 23, 9:30 Recital Hall


Wenzel Fuchs

Born in Austria. Studied under Prof. Walter Kaefer at Innsbruck Music School and also Prof. Peter Schmidl at Vienna High School of Music, and graduated with the most outstanding result. Joined the Wien Volksoper Orchestra, and after playing as principal of ORF Symphony Orchestra, appointed as the principal clarinetist of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1993.

Wednesday, July 20, 10:00 Conference Room No. 1
Saturday, July 23, 19:00
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Yoko Fujii

She studied clarinet with Kazuko Ninomiya. She studied clarinet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and graduated there in 1983, winning the first prize. In 1985, she completed her studies in the chamber music department of the same school, also winning the first prize. From 1981 to 1985, she studied clarinet with Guy Deplus and Jacques Lancelot, and chamber music with Christian Larde. In 1986, she became a clarinetist of the New Japan Philharmonic and from 1991, she has been a principal clarinetist of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is teaching at the wind department of the Toho Gakuen Junior College. First-prize winner of the 1st Japan Clarinet Competition. Second-prize winner of the 2nd Wind and Percussion Competition (no first-prize winner). Toulon International Competition, Silver medallist. A member of the Epsilon Wood Wind Quintet.

Thursday, July 21, 16:00 Recital Hall
Friday, July 22, 13:45
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Koji Fujika

Born in Hiroshima in 1933. He started to study clarinet at the age of 14, and entered the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1952. During his college years, he was absorbed in both classic and jazz. He won the 1st prize in the 25th Mainichi Music Competition, Wind Instrument Division. In 1962, he was awarded a prize at the Helsinki Peace Friendship Festival. He premiered Bartok’s “Contrasts” in Japan. He also premiered A. Copland’s Concerto conducted by the composer in Japan. Being a great fan of Benny Goodman, he played Swing Jazz with the big names such as the late Seiji Hiraoka, Misao Ikeda, and Saburo Nambu, and later he formed his own Koji Fujika Quintet in 1958. In 2001, he was awarded the 26th Fumio Nanri Award.

Sunday, July 17, 17:00 Concert Hall


Naoko Fukushima

Began learning the clarinet at the age of nine. Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, studied with Ayako Ohura, Yuji Murai and Hidemi Mikai, and the chamber music with Yoshiaki Obata and Akiko Kitagawa.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Concert Hall


Yuji Furusawa

Studied with late Risei Kitazume at Toho Gakuen School of Music. Studied in France from 1966 to 1970 studied with Jacques Lancelot at Rouen Conservatoire. Now an instructor at Toho Gakuen’ affiliated music school.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall


Michael Galván

Michael Galván, president of the International Clarinet Association, is Professor of Clarinet at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He is clarinetist of the Ithaca Wind Quintet and principal clarinet of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Active in the I.C.A. ever since a student “road trip” in 1979, Galván has served the association in a variety of capacities. I.C.A. audiences have heard him perform in Tempe, Oostende, and Washington, D.C. Educated in New Mexico and Illinois, U.S.A., his teachers were Floyd Williams, Larry Combs, and Howard Klug, with additional studies with Stanley Hasty and Anthony Gigliotti.

Friday, July 22, 10:30 Recital Hall


D. Gause-Snelson

A native of the Washington, D.C., area. Studied clarinet with Lee Gibson, Larry Maxey, Felix Viscuglia, and Bill Wright. She has been active as a musician for over two decades on the Las Vegas Strip, primarily as a conductor, pianist, and synthesist. Often, she may be found playing keyboards for the hit musicals such as “Mamma Mia”. Has played clarinet for such great Broadway musicals as “West Side Story” and “Evita.” A recipient of the coveted “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” Award, she is a professor at the Community College of Southern Nevada, where she teaches clarinet, piano, and theory. Performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, appearing frequently with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and many distinguished performers such as Andrea Bocelli, and Luciano Pavarotti. She is a multiyear recipient of grants from the Nevada Arts Council, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.These grants partially fund CCSN’s International New Music Festival, of which she is the founder and director. Now a member of the CCSN Faculty New Music Ensemble Synchronix.

Sunday, July 24, 16:15 Recital Hall


Daniel Geeting

Studied at University of Oregon receiving doctor of musical arts and conducting certificate, Master of music at University of Southern California and also learned at Mozarteum, Salzburg in l971. Founder/leader of the CLU Faculty Wind Quintet, and played as the member of new West Symphony, Inland Empire Symphony and as principal clarinetist at Conejo Symphony. Recorded Gordon Jacob’s chamber music for clarinet and performed the same piece at British Music Information Center in London in l995. Latest performance was made in 2004 at Indian Classical Music Concert. Now director of instrumental music at California Lutheran University.

Thursday, July 21, 9:30 Recital Hall


James Gillespie

James Gillespie serves as Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas, having served as a faculty member at Concord College, Indiana State University, and Northeast Louisiana University. He holds the master’s and doctorate degrees in clarinet/woodwinds from Indiana University studying clarinet with Henry Gulick. Also studied with Mitchell Lurie. His books on works for reed trio and for unaccompanied solo clarinet have become standard references in the field. For the past 26 years he has been the editor of “The Clarinet”, the quarterly journal of the International Clarinet Association. Composers from Europe and the U. S. A. have dedicated works to him, and he has premiered several new works for clarinet. Served as judge for the Dos Hermanas International Clarinet Competition in Spain for three times, and often performs as a member of the Texas Clarinet Consort. His students hold positions in colleges and universities throughout the United States, and several have been semi-finalists and prizewinners in the I. C. A. Young Artist Competition and also winners in the clarinet category of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist program.

Friday, July 22, 11:30 Recital Hall


Jan Guns

He is enthusiastically involved in diversified field of music, for example, giving solo recitals of bass clarinet and basset horn, and playing with various chamber music groups, wind ensembles and orchestras. He has played J. Herdelmann “Spotlight on the Bass Clarinet” and J. van del Rhost’s “Sentimental Three Movements for Bass Clarinet and Wind Orchestra” (world premier with TKWO February 2005), and contributed to popularizing the attractiveness of the bass clarinet. He is currently the solo clarinetist with the Flemish Radio Orchestra and a bass clarinet teacher at the Concervatoire de Antwerp. In Japan, he holds seminars at the Belgium-Flandre Cultural Exchange Center.

Thursday, July 21, 17:00 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall
Friday, July 22, 18:00
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Koichi Hamanaka

Koichi Hamanaka graduated top on the list from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. While he was studying there, he won the first prize at the 28th Japan Music Competition. Joined the NHK Symphony right after graduation, and took part in their first European Tour. He also formed the “Aurous Quintet” with Shinya Koide and Seizo Maruyama. After being strongly moved by the performance of Jack Lancelot, he decided to leave the NHK Symphony to study with him in France. During his 9 years stay in France, he was a member in the Orchestra of Rouen National Opera. After returning to Japan, he went back to the NHK Symphony as the principal clarinetist and held that position until his retirement. He now teaches at Tokyo College of Music and Senzoku-Gakuen College of Music. Current President of JCS.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall
Saturday, July 23, 18:00
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Sunday, July 24, 19:00
 Concert Hall


Eiji Hanaoka

Born in Tokyo and graduated from Nihon University Art College, Music Department. When he was a high-school student, he started learning music with Koichi Ohno, and afterwards Yukio Ohashi and Risei Kitazume. In 1975, joined the band Dixie Kings, but now his main activity is playing with his own band Eiji Hanaoka and Swing All Stars, which is a swing combo in the style similar to that of Benny Goodman. He also formed the groups in various different styles showing off his versatile talent. He is also familiar with classic Rakugo, Japanese comic storytelling, that reflects his own character with good sense of humour. Often invited to jazz festivals in overseas, but on the contrary, he organized the regular concert in Japan in 1987 titled “The Memories of Benny Goodman”, in order to remain and convey the sound of Benny Goodman as heritage to the next generations.

Friday, July 22, 19:00 Concert Hall


Caroline Hartig

Caroline Hartig has been heard as a clarinet soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She has appeared with orchestras and contemporary music ensembles in major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, where she made her solo debut. Widely recognized and sought after for her new-music collaborations, Hartig can be heard on the CD Dancing Solo featuring the clarinet works of composer Libby Larsen. Her most recent CD Clarinet Brilliante, (Centaur Records), was honored as a “Critics’ Choice” by the American Record Guide. Her artistry has been reviewed as “dazzling, with numbing, blazing fluidity and rich, luxuriant fervor. . . coiled virtuosity” (The American Record Guide The world premiere of Chalumeau, by leading American composer and Pulitzer prize winner, William Bolcom, was commissioned for Caroline Hartig for ClarinetFest 2005, and made possible through the generous support of the Michigan State University Sesquicentennial Commission, funded by the Office for Research and Graduate Studies and the College of Arts and Letters. Hartig is currently on the clarinet faculty at Michigan State University.

Wednesday, July 20, 13:00 Recital Hall


Anna Hashimoto

Anna was born in Japan in 1989 and moved to London six months later. She started playing the clarinet when she was 8 years old and was admitted at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in 1998 where she studied with Charles Hine for 6 years. There she has been awarded the Else and Leonard Cross Scholarship. She won the First Prize at the Japan Clarinet Society’s ‘Young Clarinetists Competition’ in 2003 where she was also awarded all three special prizes. As a result she was invited to play as a guest performer at the JCS concert in Tokyo in 2004. That year she won the Parthenon Tama Prize at the prestigious ‘Japan Clarinet Competition’ as the youngest participant. At the age of 15 Anna Hashimoto made her London Barbican debut playing Weber Concertino with the English Chamber Orchestra in December 2004. Also in March she appeared at Wigmore Hall playing as a Francaix’s Wind Quintet member. Forthcoming engagements include Rossini’s ‘Introduction, Theme and Variations’ with London Pro Arte Orchestra and a further performance with the English Chamber Orchestra. Currently a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Saturday, July 23, 11:00 Concert Hall
Sunday, July 24, 14:00
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Yuko Hattan

Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, being awarded for her outstanding achievement in the music department. Participated in the 20th Yamaha Wind Instrument Freshmans Concert. Studied the clarinet with Sumio Yamakawa and Tomomi Takahashi. Attended the master class by Wolfgang Meiyer at Weimar Franz List Academy’s international master course. Won the 3rd prize at Japan Wood-Wind Competition in 2003, and the 2nd prize at Japan Clarinet Competition, also winning the first prize at the 21st Japan Wind-instrument Competition together with Special Award, Education/Science Minister Award, as well as Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Award.

Thursday, July 21, 19:30 Concert Hall


Christopher Hill & John Walker

Christopher Hill is principal clarinetist of the South Dakota Symphony, having performed with Omaha symphony and joined Evita World Tour and Carousel National Tour. He is also a noted mouthpiece craftsman and the co-designer of the Chadash-Hill mouthpiece. Has served on the faculties of the University of Sioux Falls and the University of South Dakota.
John Walker is the Director of Keyboard Studies at South Dakota State University in Brookings, and composer of the original piano accompaniment to the Rose “32 Etudes” which Carl Fischer released in 2004. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, and is principal keyboardist for the South Dakota Symphony. Dr. Walker is a composer and arranger of works for piano, cello, clarinet, and piano ensemble, and is currently recording his piano accompaniments to the Ferling “48 Studies for Oboe and Saxophone”.

Wednesday, July 20, 14:00 Conference Room No. 1


Sora Hirano

Born in 1982 in Florida, Hirano grew up in Maui, Hawaii and was performing from a young age. Whilst still in high school, he was performing with the Maui Symphony Orchestra. Having received numerous scholarships, Hirano from graduated William Paterson University of New Jersey with Honors. He is currently attending Montclair State University in New Jersey and CUNY Queens College. He currently studies clarinet with David Singer of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His previous clarinet studies have been with Kiyosumi Ogura, Yukio Nishie, and Marianne Gythfeldt of the New Millennium Ensemble. He has also studied Saxophone with Lenny Pickett and Paul Cohen. When he attended the Orford Arts Festival Hirano participated in the masterclasses of Karl Leister, Andre Moisan, and Robert Reisling; Hirano has also attending the Rascher Saxophone Quartet Masterclass at SUNY, Fredoina.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall


Eric Hoeprich

Educated at Harvard University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, he is currently a professor at Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and at Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and teaches frequently as a guest at music institutions around the world. For twenty-five years he has been specialized in performing music from Baroque to late Romantic with the historical clarinets. As a founding member of the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Hoeprich has also performed as a soloist with this orchestra and many of the major early music ensembles, under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Edo de Waart, to name the few. In the 1980’s, he founded Nachtmusique and the Stadler Trio (three basset horns). Has made dozens of recordings on different labels such as Deutsche Grammaphon, SONY, etc. Has published numerous articles about performance and organology of historical clarinets, in addition to general text on the clarinet to be published by Yale University Press. He has a collection of over a hundred antique clarinets, including some from the eighteenth century which he is restoring and building replicas of period originals. He also has instrument making workshop at home in Amsterdam.

Wednesday, July 20, 16:00 Recital Hall


Der Holz-Klarinettenkreis

Der Holz-Klarinettenkreis was formed in November 1996, by amateur clarinetists who love German-Austrian instrument and its tone, with an objective of exchanging information and to play an ensemble. Today, almost 97% of clarinetists are playing the French instrument, Boehm style, but there are still a small percentage of amateur clarinetists who are attracted to the tone of German-Austrian style instrument. As these players are a minority group, there is only little information on this instrument and reed. The establishment of Der Holz-Klarinettenkreis gave these people a streak of light. This eagerly-awaited club kept growing and now, about 90 clarinetists, not only in Japan but also from abroad, have joined this club.

Saturday, July 23, 11:00 Concert Hall


Maureen Hurd

Maureen Hurd has appeared in concerts throughout Europe and North America. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and earned praise from the New York Times. Her performances of contemporary music include appearances at New York, Merkin Hall, as well as in Germany, France, and England. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music studying with David Shifrin and Charles Neidich. The International Clarinet Association recognized her research on Benny Goodman classical commissions with an award in 2001. She actively travels as guest artist to present recitals and master classes at clarinet festivals and universities throughout the United States and abroad. She is Assistant Professor of Clarinet in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Wednesday, July 20, 13:00 Recital Hall


Shigeru Ikushima

Being a student at Kunitachi College of Music, he received French government scholarship and went to France to study with J. Lancelot at the National Conservatory in Rouen. He was the top graduate in both clarinet and chamber music. He also studied with Walter Boeykens. Top-prize-winner of the Orchestra Soloist Qualification Competition. In 1974, he toured various cities in Europe as the solo clarinetist of the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. From 1974 to 1995, he was the principal clarinetist with the Toulouse Capital Symphony Orchestra. In 1996, he performed at the International Clarinet Festival in Paris. In 1995, he came back to Japan to become an Assistant Professor at the Kunitachi College of Music, which position he still holds now.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall
Friday, July 22, 18:00
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Shuhei Isobe

Born in Tokyo, and was introduced to the clarinet at the age of 13 by Mr. Tetsusaburo Hirai. Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and received master degree, having studied with late Risei Kitazume, late Kunio Chiba and late Katsusuke Mishima. While learning there, awarded the Ataka Award. After graduation, studied with Yuji Murai and also R. Jettel at the workshop in Salzburger. He was assigned principal clarinetist of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and in 1983, joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Studied in Berlin from l988 with A. Brandhofer. Gave a recital at the International Clarinet Festival in 1994 held in Chicago. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Now he is active as a principal clarinetist of NHK Symphony Orchestra, lecturer of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and specially appointed professor at Toho College of Music, while a board member of the Japan Clarinet Society.

Thursday, July 21, 18:15 Recital Hall
Saturday, July 23, 13:00
 Conference Room No. 1


Kazumi Itani

Graduated from Osaka University of Music in 2003. In the same year, she won the 3rd prize at the Takatsuki Music Competition. She took part in the Daitoh Music Festival, Young Musicians Division. In 2004, she also took part in the 23rd Azelea Recommended Rookie Concert and won the Encouragement Award. She studied clarinet with Tetsuo Ogawa and Mitsuko Sugita. Now, she is teaching at two music schools “Musiekschule Osaka” and “Sople Music“. She belongs to the Hideaki Iwai Clarinet Choir.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall


Hirotaka Ito

Born in Kamakura in l968. Began playing the clarinet at the junior high school band and continued studying at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music where he graduated in 1990, receiving the award for his outstanding achievement. Studied the clarinet with Akira Tsunoda, Kazuhiko Ikematsu, and Koichi Hamanaka, and the chamber music with Jun Date. Now the principal clarinetist of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Buffet Crampon Tosca GL.

Sunday, July 24, 19:00 Concert Hall


Kei Ito

Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Took part in the “Debut Concert for Rookie Musicians” sponsored by Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Won the first prize in the Chamber Music Division at the JILA Music Competition. Won the first prize at the 6th Clarinet Competition of JCS. His clarinet teachers include Susumu Sengoku, Hiroyuki Hibino, Masaharu Yamamoto, Yusuke Noda, Hidemi Mikai and Yuji Murai. He is now a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Concert Hall


Kelly Johnson

The principal clarinetist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Arkansas Tech University, a member of the Etesian Woodwind Quintet that performs regularly in Arkansas and will tour England in May 2005. Has performed as recitalist at the 1998 International Clarinet Association Convention in Ohio, and also performed at the 1999 International Clarinet Association Convention in Belgium, where she released her solo CD titled Clarinet Unlimited, featuring the clarinet works of Belgian composer Norbert Goddaer. A 1995 member of the National Orchestra Institute, she was a national finalist twice for the MTNA-Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competitions. Received her Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University, where she served as teaching assistant for the ASU Clarinet Studio. Selected as Outstanding Graduate Performance Student in 1994, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from ASU in 1999. Former teachers include Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Russell Coleman.

Wednesday, July 20, 13:00 Recital Hall


Hiroshi Kamata

Graduated and received master degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, in l987. While in the University, he was awarded the Ataka Award. He participated in the Yamaha Freshman’s Concert, as well as Doseikai Concert. Gave a recital at the ClarinetFest. Won the 3rd prize at the 1st JCS Competition, and also the 4th prize at the 9th Wind-Percussion Instrument Competition. Studied the clarinet with late Kastusuke Mishima and Yuji Murai. Was a memeber of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, and now the member of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday, July 21, 17:00 Recital Hall


Yoshinobu Kamei

Born in Nagoya in 1976. After studying at Toho Gakuen High-School Music Department, went to France to learn at Paul Ducas Conservatoire in l998 and at Aubelvillier la Courneuve National Regional Conservatoire in l999, both of which he graduated with unanimous ‘premier prix’ record. Studied the clarinet with Yoshiyuki Kamei, Seiji Yokokawa, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Michel Arrignon and Alain Damiens. Won the Spedidum Prize at Toulon International Competition, in l997, and the first prize at Japan Wood-wind Competition in 2003 and other prizes in Japan. Joined the world tour of “Zingalo Theatre” as a soloist from 1999 through 2002. Upon return, gave the first recital in Tokyo in 2004. Now a part-time instructor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and the supervisor of ‘Quintette R’.

Sunday, July 24, 19:00 Concert Hall


Kanazawa Clarinet Ensemble

People who love to play the clarinet and those who want to enjoy playing the clarinet ensembles formed the Kanazawa Clarinet Ensemble in 1999. They hold concerts regularly performing not only original pieces written for the clarinet, but also challenging various genres, such as orchestra and piano pieces. They have won many ensemble competitions, including that of the National Competition, organized by All Japan Band Association receiving the Gold Prize once and the Silver Prize twice. Also participated in the 1st Clarinet Ensemble Competition of JCS in 2004 and was awarded the first prize in thier category and the Parthenon Tama Prize. They are also playing actively in various places, visiting nursing homes and other facilities, while making efforts for improvement every day.

Monday, July 18, 14:00 Concert Hall


Natsuka Kawai

Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Geidai) in 2003. While studying in the university, she performed with Geidai Philharmonia at the Geidai Morning Concert, and was awarded the Ataka Award. Finalist of the 71st Japan Music Competition, Clarinet Division in 2002. After graduation, joined the Geidai Doseikai Freshman’s Concert, as well as Yamaha New-Comers Concert. Studied the clarinet with Mami Mikura, Masaharu Yamamoto, Yuji Murai and Yoshinobu Kamei, and the chamber music with Masaharu Yamamoto and Masashi Yoshida. Now continues her study at the graduate school of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall


Eiji Kitamura

Born in Tokyo in 1929. Eiji Kitamura started clarinet while he was studying at Keio University. He made his debut as a member of the Saburo Nambu Quintet, went on to play in the Shotaro Moriyasu Combo, and formed his own band afterwards. In 1957, he did a jazz session with Benny Goodman, who came to Japan as a cultural ambassador. Besides studying the style of Buddy DeFranco and Lee Konitz, he also mastered the traditional Dixie Style, and soon, he gained recognition as one of the top clarinetists of the era. His deep, rich tone and unique phrasing have attracted the audience worldwide and his talk between the pieces is also very enjoyable. He also made appearances on TV as a cuisine researcher and even an anchorman. Currently making regular TV appearance as a commentator.

Friday, July 22, 9:30Recital Hall
Friday, July 22, 19:00Concert Hall


Chikako Kondo

Born in Yokohama. Just graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, having studied the clarinet with Shuhei Isobe, Masaharu Yamamoto and Yuji Murai, and the chamber music with Masashi Yoshida. Has won the Ataka Award and Akannsus Music Award. Winner of the first prize and also the Most Outstanding Award at 6th “Concert Marronier 21” competition, wood-wind section. Also awarded Buffet Crampon Encouragement Award at “Euro-Japan Music Workshop”. The 2nd runner-up of Clarinet section at the 14th Japan Wood-Wind Competition. In 2004, joined Seiji Ozawa Music Camp Opera Project V as a member of the orchestra, and also was involved with ‘JT Assisted Ensemble Series‘ produced by Nobuko Imai and Masaharu Yamamoto. Played Francaix’s clarinet concerto with the students’ orchestra, at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music conducted by Junichi Hirogami.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall
Wednesday, July 20, 15:00
 Conference Room No. 1


Hisae Kori

Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music and also the graduate school of Toho Gakuen School of Music, as well as École Normale Malmaison Conservatoire. Won the 2nd prize at Japan Wind-Percussion Competition in 1998, 2nd prize at UFA Paris International Music Competition, and also nominated as one of the finalists at Japan Wood-wind Competition in l999. She has studied the clarinet with Tokio Muramatsu, Koichi Hamanaka, Kazuko Ninomiya, G. Deplus, F. Heau and M. Arrignon.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall


Bernhard Kösling

Born in the region of North- Rhine, he got his first lessons from Hans Jürgen Eckmaier. His professional studies followed at the Musikhochschule Hannover with Prof. Hans Deinzer. He works as a free lance player since 1988 in contemporary music with “Ensemble Köln” and “Musikfabrik Nordrhein-Westfalen”, and in ancient music on period instruments. He joins orchestra projects in Bremen and Hamburg, and since 2002 as a member of “Clarimonia” Ensemble and various chamber music concerts. He is living now in Oldenburg and combines his playing with teaching modern and period clarinets, while manufacturing the light cases for all sizes of clarinets invented by himself.

Thursday, July 21, 15:30 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Naoko Kotaniguchi

Born in Hyogo Prefecture. Recieved master degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 2000, awarded the Most Outstanding Award in the Wood-wind Section of the audition organized by Tokyo’s Nerima Ward Cultural Foundation, and played with the Tokyo New City Philharmonic Orchestra. Performed at Yamaha Freshmen’s Concert, also. In 2001, she won the 2nd prize at 12th Japan Wood-wind Competition, Clarinet Division, and the next year, won the 1st prize at the 14th Takarazuka Vega Competition. She was also the winner of the first prize at 71st Japan Music Competition, Clarinet Division. After performing with the New Japan Philharmonic, joined the Kyoto City Philharmonic in 2003, in which she has been playing ever since. Studied the clarinet with Kazuo Fujii, Yuji Murai and Masaharu Yamamoto. Being one of the representative young Japanese clarinetists, she is always active in playing with orchestra, as well as solo recitals and performance of chamber music.

Wednesday, July 20, 15:00 Recital Hall
Saturday, July 23, 15:30
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Kunitachi Clarinet Orchestra

This orchestra has forty years of history since its first foundation based on the ensemble group directed by late Yukio Ohashi. Its activity was succeeded by Nagataka Ogasawara, and since 1995 by Tadayoshi Takeda who started to pursue wider possibility of the clarinet orchestra and to enhance its capacity of expressions by introducing new styles of music to their repertoire.

Monday, July 18, 14:00 Concert Hall


Mami Kuroiwa

Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music. With a scholarship from the Rotary Foundation in 2001, and the Hokkaido Cultural Foundation in 2002, she went to Paris to continue her clarinet studies. She graduated from École Normale of Music in Paris, winning premier prix in clarinet and a unanimous first prize in chamber music. She won first prize at the Picardie Competition in 2002 and the International Music Competition in France in 2003. She was also awarded first prize in the chamber music division at the same competition. She is now giving performances as a member of a clarinet duo “sonaige” and a clarinet ensemble, “Vent du Nord”. Her clarinet teachers include Koichi Hamanaka, Tadayoshi Takeda and Guy Deplus, and learned the chamber music with Akiyasu Miyamoto, Ryohei Nakagawa, Chantall Debussy.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Concert Hall
Thursday, July 21, 16:00
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Im-Soo Lee

A soloist and a chamber musician, co-principal clarinetist of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, graduated from Seoul National University School of Music and continued his education at University of Southern California, where he received Diploma. Now a member of the Korea Festival Ensemble, while teaching at Yonsei, Ehwa University music school, and a visiting professor of Dongduk University school, as well as chairman of ICA Korea. As the first prize winner of 23rd Dong-A Competition, he also was awarded the Ye-Eum Award and Bruce Zalkind Memorial Endowment Award. Has given recitals in Los Angeles, Berlin, Beijing, and other cities, and has played as a soloist with Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Central Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. He performed at ICA congress in Texas, Belgium, New Orleans, Brisbane and Porto, besides giving master class in Beijing.

Thursday, July 21, 13:00 Recital Hall
urday, July 23, 13:00 Recital Hall


Ching-Chun Lin

Received Bachelor of Arts from Tunghai University, Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory, and Doctorate from University of Minnesota as the first Taiwanese to receive it. Active as principal clarinetist of University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, and Union Symphony Orchestra of Taichung. Awarded fellowship awards from University of Minnesota and Peabody Conservatory, and many others. In 1997 invited to perform with Bergen Woodwind Quintet of Norway in the United States, and also with Chungli City Symphony Orchestra, the Hsinchu City Philharmonic Orchestra of Taiwan, to name the few. Performed as guest clarinetist for ensemble with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra members, followed by a solo recital and master classes at the National University of Singapore. Formed the Elite Trio in 2001, with Chinese pianist and cellist and visited all major cities in Taiwan and Singapore. Active also as educator and researcher, clarinet teacher at Olson Junior High School in Minnesota and University of Minnesota music department. Now Associate Professor at the National Taipei Teachers College in Taiwan.

Friday, July 22, 9:30 Recital Hall
Sunday, July 24, 10:00
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Lee Livengood

Currently clarinetist and bass clarinetist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra, after playing as a member of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. Received a Bachelors Degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Stanley Hasty, and a Masters Degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara with Mitchell Lurie. Has been a member of Tulsa Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and performed as a chamber musician at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Round Top Music Festival and the Spoleto Festival. Taught clarinet at Keene State College, the University of California at Santa Barbara and Georgia Southern University. Following elections held in July 2004, Lee is President-Elect of the International Clarinet Association. Besides performance, he is well known as a mouthpiece maker and refacer with clients throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and gives regular lectures and classes around the country about his insights and experience in this field.

Friday, July 22, 10:30 Recital Hall


Luigi Magistrelli

Born in S. Stefano Ticino, Italy. Studied clarinet at the Conservatory of Milan with Prof. Primo Borali and attended masterclasses with D. Kloecker, K. Leister and G. Garbarino. Won some prizes at the Competitions of Genoa and Stresa. Has performed as soloist with orchestras of ‘Pomeriggi musicali”, Radio of Milan and others, and also performed with many chamber groups. Played as principal clarinet with Sanremo Symphony Orchestra Milano Classica, Orchester der Jahrhunderte in Germany and Moldova Radio Sympohony. Has performed not only in Italy but also in Austria, Belgium, ex Jugoslavia, France, Nairobi, India, Germany, Finland, Israel, Mexico, U. S. A Czech Republic, China and Japan. Recorded 25Cds of chamber music and solo, including those with Dieter Kloecker and with “La Scala Philharmonic” conducted by R. Muti, Mozart Concerto with Karl Leister, and also for Italian Radio and BBC. Now chairman of the International Clarinet Society of Italy and Professor of Clarinet at the Conservatory of Milano, while conducting masterclasses in Italy, China, Israel,

Thursday, July 21, 11:30 Recital HallUSA. , etc.


Eric Mandat

Professor of Clarinet and Distinguished Scholar at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition to teaching clarinet and graduate analysis courses, he performs frequently throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of the Transatlantic Trio and the Tone Road Ramblers, and has performed with the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW contemporary chamber music series and the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of a 2000 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship for Composition, and his works for clarinet are performed around the world. He received degrees from the University of North Texas, the Yale School of Music and the Eastman School of Music.

Wednesday, July 20, 13:00 Recital Hall


John Masserini

Assistant professor of Music and Woodwind Coordinator at Idaho State University. He holds the doctor of Musical Arts in clarinet performance from Michigan State University. His principal teachers are Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and professor Keith Lemmons. Has been involved with several symphony orchestras as a clarinetist and bass clarinetist, most notably the bass clarinetist for the 2000-2001 season of Phoenix Symphony. Performed with orchestras such as Idaho State Civic Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Michigan Opera Company and Orchestra of the Americas. Often invited from universities and clarinet conferences across the country to perform as concerto soloist, recitalist and a chamber musician, as well as teaching master classes, recently to the Westminster Guest Artist Series, the 5th Contemporary Clarinet Conference at Michigan State University, and most notably invited by the International Clarinet Association at the ClarinetFest 2003 International Conference in Salt Lake City to perform the world premier work commissioned.

Saturday, July 23, 17:00 Recital Hall


Kenji Matsumoto

After studying at the Kunitachi College of Music, he graduated from Conservatoire Supérieur National de Musique de Paris. His teachers include Akira Tsunoda, Koichi Hamanaka, Kazuko Ninomiya, Kahori Takemori, Michel Arrignon, Gerome Julien-Laferrière and Alain Damiens. He has won prizes at various competitions within Japan and abroad, including the Japan Clarinet Competition of JCS and the Toulon International Music Competition. Currently, he is a clarinetist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall
Friday, July 22, 18:00
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Sunday, Ju
ly 24, 19:00 Concert Hall


D. Ray McClellan

Acclaimed for “a remarkable technique, tone and lyricism”, clarinetist D. Ray McClellan is currently an associate professor of clarinet at The University of Georgia and a member of the Georgia Winds. He earned his bachelor, master and doctorate of Music degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City where he studied with the internationally renowned clarinet pedagogue, David Weber. He has served as principal clarinetist in the Great Woods Festival Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony and Garden State Philharmonic. He played concertos with Symphony Orchestra of Goinia, in Gois, Brazil, The Queens Philharmonic, The Athens Symphony and many others. He gives master classes at universities and conservatories throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, while giving recitals and collaborating with some of the most notable ensembles in the U. S.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall


Fabrizio Meloni

Has been principal clarinetist of Milano Theatre of the Scala Symphony and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra since l984. Studied at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milano and graduated with the most outstanding achievement. Won the third prize at Munich International Competition and also at The Prague Spring Music Festival. Played with many Italian and world orchestras, and also with world top artists such as Lunguich, F. Gulda, A. Schiff, E. Gruberova and many others, and joined the tour of Italia Quintet to the USA and Israel. Recorded with La Scala Symphony conducted by R. Muti playing the clarinet concerto by Mozart,which has been highly acclaimed. He has also been devoting himself in developing the young artists by conducting the master class not only in Italy but also out in Paris, Lyon and other places.

Sunday, July 24, 19:00 Concert Hall


Hidemi Mikai

Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1989. While studying, he was awarded the Ataka Award. Studied the clarinet with Koji Kojima, late Yukio Ohashi, Yuji Murai and Yoshiaki Suzuki, and the chamber music with Masaharu Yamamoto and Masatake Kaihoko. In 1991, received the master degree, and joined the New Japan Philharmonic performing with them as a soloist for several times. Now the principal clarinetist of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, while teaching as a parttime instructor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, its affiliated highschool, as well as Tokyo Academy of Music and Toho Gakuen School of Music. At the same time, he performs as a member of the chamber orhcestras such as Oiros Ensemble (wood-wind) and The Clarinet Ensemble. He is also acting as jury of various competitions.

Thursday, July 21, 13:00 Recital Hall
Thursday, July 21, 19:30
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Hisashi Mito

Graduated from College of Music of Osaka, and studied at Royal Conservatory of Music den Hague, the Netherlands, from1992, learning the historical clarinet with Eric Hoeprich. After graduation in l994, continued study at Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory learning the modern clarinet with Pete Hoening. Graduated in l966 having received the Certificate Diploma from both conservatories, and joined the concerts and recordings of Paris Champ-Elysées Wind Ensemble, Tokyo Bach-Mozart Orchestra and some others, while continuing study and performance of historical instruments from the Baroque to Romantic eras. In 2004, released the first CD titled “Romantic Pieces by Ancient Clarinet” which enjoyed high critical acclaim. Planning the concert “Hisashi Mito―Fantasy on Ancient Clarinet” in the summer 2005. Now board member of Japan Clarinet Society.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall
Wednesday, July 20, 16:00
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Yoko Miyake

Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and recieved master degree. Studied the clarinet with Takayuki Gohtsu, Masatake Kaihoko, Katsusuke Mishima and Yuji Murai, and also with Koichi Hamanaka at the workshop held in Osaka, in which she joined the completion concert. While teaching at the music department of Takamado Highschool in Nara, and the clarinet course of the music stores, she has been giving series of concerts for the citizens for ten years. Performed von Weber’s concertino with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and joined the ClarinetFest in Belgium and Sweden as a member of Tokyo Clarinet Philharmonic in 1999 and 2002. In 2004, played von Weber’s Clarinet Quintet with Dvorak String Quartet. Awarded the Encouragement Award at the 1st Settsu Music Festival in Japan.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall


Ricardo Morales

Ricardo Morales was appointed principal clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra by Maestro Sawallisch in 2002. He is former principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21. A native of Puerto Rico, he began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica. He continued his studies at Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma, and the Cincinnati College Conservatory, He has soloed with many orchestras as Chicago, Flemish Radio Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony and the MET Orchestra under the baton of James Levine. He currently serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and the Verbier Academy in Switzerland during the summer.

Thursday, July 21, 19:30 Concert Hall


Yuji Murai

After his studies at Sapporo Nishi High School and Komaba Metropolitan High School in Tokyo, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He was chosen as a Japan-Germany Exchange student and went to study at the Northwest German Musiek Akademie in Detmold. He studied clarinet with Jost Michaels, and chamber music with Helmut Winschermann and passed the Soloist audition of the Academy in l972. Back in Japan, he premiered the Concerto by Hindemith at the subscription concert of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has held 17 recitals in Tokyo and is now professor of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts.

Thursday, July 21, 18:15 Concert Hall


Nagoya University of Fine Arts, Clarinet Orchestra

The members of this orchestra are the students of the university’s music department, majoring clarinet in the String/Wind/Percussion Instruments & Band Directors Course, as well as those of clarinet major in the Music Institute for the graduate students. The goals of the group are to master the techniques of playing every instrument in this family, to make research on the compositions for this style of ensemble, and to appeal to general public the potential and attraction of the clarinet ensemble. While pursuing the goals and performing, they aim at education with emphasis on unity of members of different ages from the under-graduates through to the seniors of the graduate school. Also developing the players who can ‘play in ensemble with others’ is their important objective.

Saturday, July 23, 11:00 Concert Hall


Mami Nakamura

Born in Kobe. After graduating from College of Music of Osaka, entered L’école normale de musique de Paris, learning the clarinet and chamber music, and was awarded the ‘Diplome supérieur de Concertiste’ in both categories. Also studied at the clarinet and chamber music departments of Conservatoire national de region de Rueil-Malmaison achieving the premier prix, and at L’école nationale de musique de Creteil with premier prix of the bassclarinet. Won the first prize at the UFAM International Competition in l997 in Paris. She has studied with Koichi Honda, Guy Deplus, Michel Arrignon and other world-leading clarinetists. While performing with major orchestras of the world in France, Italy, Algeria and Japan, she is now active in teaching, as part-time instructor at College of Music of Osaka. Also involved with the activity of the organization named “Amicale” for international exchange of performance, by producing and appearing on stage regularly.

Sunday, July 24, 12:00 Recital Hall


Charles Neidich

Born in New York, and at the age of seven started learning the clarinet from his father and the piano from his mother. Entered Yale University and learned with Leon Russianoff. After graduation, studied in Russia given the Fullbright Fellowship as the very first American student learning at Moscow Conservatoire under Boris Dikov and Kirill Vinogradov for three years. Started performance while in the university, first at the Geneva International Competition in l979 in which he won the Silver Prize. Won the grand prix at the Munich Music Competition and many other awards followed. Has been the member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, while playing as soloist with Berlin Braodcasting Orchestra, Swiss Romand Orchestra, as well as of some orchestras world wide, such as the Japanese Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Has also been active in playing with different chamber orchestras and in recording as well.

Thursday, July 21, 10:00 Conference Room No. 1
Saturday, July 23, 19:00
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William Nichols

William Nichols is a Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (USA), and is the principal clarinetist of the South Arkansas Symphony. An active career in contemporary music has resulted in numerous premieres including major works by Donald Martino, Olivier Messiaen, and Luciano Berio. He was a clarinetist, bassoonist, and conductor for the Society of New Music of Syracuse, New York, and has toured with the Manhattan and Madison String Quartets. He held a Fulbright Fellowship at the Vienna Academy of Music while studying with Rudolph Jettel, and received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Iowa, where he was a student of Himie Voxman. He is the Audio Review Editor of “The Clarinet” and author of the journal's long-standing column "Audio Notes."

Wednesday, July 20, 13:00 Recital Hall


Kazuko Ninomiya

Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music, and studied in France as a government scholorship student. Graduated from National Conservatoire Rouen awarded the premier prix, and learning with Jacques Lancelot. Since her return, she has been active in organizing recitals in Tokyo and Osaka regularly and introducing masterpieces for clarinet which have little chance to be performed. Also performed in Belgium, Sweden, Bulgaria and so on. In 2004, she gave masterclasses and concert in Washington D. C. and in Chaugchun, China. she adjudicates at various clarinet competitions in Japan and overseas. Now the member of Tokyo Arts Ensemble and board member of the Japan Clarinet Society, while teaching at Toho Gakuen and the Diploma course at Tokyo Music and Media, Shobi, to say nothing of performance on stage.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall


Ikuko Nishio

Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music. Winner at the 6th Japan Wind-Percussion Competition. Studied in France as a French government scholarship student and graduated from Paul Ducas Conservatory of Paris, achieving the Premier Prix. Now the principal clarinetist of Royal Chamber Orchestra. Studied the clarinet with Tadayoshi Takeda, Kazuko Ninomiya, Guy Deplus and Michel Arrignon, and the chamber music with Koichi Hamanaka and Ryohei Nakagawa.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall


Hudson Nogueira

Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Graduating from Mozarteum Concervatory, clarinet department, also learning composition with Edomondo Villani. Played as a soloist at Sao Paolo State Wind Orchestra for seven years. Released two CDs playing the saxophone with the bands such as Bissanblass and also Banda Sabana. Now teaching composition at Tatui Concervatoire. Being an expert in Brazilian music, which is said to have more than 200 different kinds including samba, choro, and folk music from various regions, his music keeps unique elements based on them. As he plays both the saxophone and clarinet, he composes many for the ensemble of these instruments.

Tuesday, July 19, 19:00 Recital Hall
Thursday, July 21, 9:30
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Takeshi Nozaki

Born in Saitama, Japan. Graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He studied with late Katsusuke Mishima and late Kunio Chiba. In 1973, he went to France to study at the Conservatoires Municipaux de villes de Paris. His clarinet teachers were Henri Druart, the former principal clarinet of the Orchestre de Paris, and C. Desurmont. He graduated there, winning the first prize and then, studied with the principal clarinet of the Orchestre Notional de France, Guy Dangain. After returning to Japan, he joined the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. Besides his orchestra activities, he is also performing enthusiastically in the Tokyo Solisten Concerto Series, Mozart Salon Chamber Music Series and many others. He is currently the board member of the Japan Clarinet Society.

Sunday, July 24, 13:40 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Jeffery Olson

Jeffery Olson is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Valdosta State University. He holds the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the Ohio State University and Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Olson has performed as clarinetist with the Voldosta Symphony Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke, and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. He has taught clarinet and saxophone at Bucknell University. Dr. Olson has studied clarinet with James M. Pyne, Glenn H. Bowen, Rusell Dagon, and James Smith.

Friday, July 22, 12:45 Recital Hall


Osaka College of Music, Clarinet Orchestra

Founded in l990 and has been active since then and commemorating the 16th anniversary this year. Every time when they perform at the regular concerts, they commission the new compositions and have introduced so many premieres. Some journals in this field of culture took up their performance of such new pieces and they enjoyed high reputation even as the students’ concerts, thus they are well known and popular as the clarinet orchestra representing the Kansai (western Japan) area.

Monday, July 18, 14:00 Concert Hall


Ayako Oshima

A solo clarinetist and also a chamber musician. Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music studied with Koichi Hamanaka and Kazuko Ninomiya. Studied also at Eastman School of Music and won the 3rd prize at the 3rd Wind/Percussion Competition (actual 2nd place), and Grand Prix at 55th Japan Music Competition, as well as the 3rd prize at the 17th Belgrade International Competition. Started performing activity with the recital at Casals Hall in Tokyo in 1989, and since then has been active in playing solo and jointly with orchestras such as New Japan Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmony, Hiroshima Symphony and others. Now active as a unique clarinetist both of the contemporary and historical clarinet, in Japan, the USA, and Europe, New York as the center of activities, she teaches as a lecturer of the Julliard School and assistant professor at New York State Conservatory of Perchess.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall


Junko Otani

Studied clarinet with Seiji Sagawa and Shigeru Ikushima at Kunitachi College of Music. She continued her studies at Paris Dukas Conservatoire and graduated at the top of the list. She also studied with Carbonare and Guyot. She was the first-prize winner of the 1st JCS Young Clarinetist Competition. She studied with Friedli at Geneve Conservatoire, and graduated there with the most outstanding prize. She won 3rd prize at the 5th Japan National Clarinet Competition and 2nd prize at the 18th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition (no first-prize winner). She has performed concertos with orchestras in Prague, Vienna, Linz and other cities abroad. Besides working as an assistant at the Geneve Conservatoire now, she is taking part in concerts of Zurich Opera Orchestra as a trainee.

Thursday, July 21, 16:00 Recital Hall


Tomohiko Owada

Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music. He continued his studies at Paul Dukas Conservatoire graduated there, winning the first prize. His clarinet teachers include Nobuhiro Koroku, late Yukio Ohashi, Nagataka Ogasawara, Koichi Hamanaka, and Michel Arrignon. He received an award at the 6th Clarinet Competition. He is now performing actively, playing solo, chamber music and in orchestras. He is currently a part-time instructor at the Kunitachi College of Music.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall
Friday, July 22, 9:30
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Timothy Perry

Studied the clarinet at University of Wisconsin with Glenn Bowen, at Manhattan School of Music with Leon Russianoff, and also with Keith Wilson at Yale School of Music. Then he went to Europe to learn about historical clarinets with Alan Hacker in York, England, and with Eric Hoeprich in Amsterdam. He gave a solo recital at ICA Festival in Paris in 1994 and in Oestende, Belgium in 1999 giving a lecture-recital. His CD recording of Paul Jeanjean’s “18 etudes de perfectionnement” was reviewed in The Clarinet in 2003. He is playing with the group “Trilogy.”

Thursday, July 21, 13:00 Recital Hall


Jessica Phillips

Jessica Phillips was appointed Second and E-flat Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra by James Levine in 2001. She graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University and The Manhattan School of Music with degrees in Political Science and Music. An active chamber musician, Ms. Phillips has performed numerous times in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, including performances with the MET Chamber Ensemble. During the 2003-04 season at the MET, in addition to playing Second and E-flat clarinet, Ms. Phillips also performed as Principal Clarinet in many of the productions. Throughout her freelance career she has worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Symphony, EOS Orchestra, DiCapo Opera, La Boheme on Broadway, the Aspen Music Festival, the Meliora Wind Quintet, and has performed numerous radio and commercial broadcasts in addition to her appearances on the “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcasts. In July 2005, she made her debut appearance at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium along side Ricardo Morales. Ms. Phillips can also be heard on the forthcoming recordings by the Philadelphia Orchestra to be released in the fall. Ms. Phillips is an Assistant Teacher at The Juilliard School of Music. She is a Backun and Selmer artist.

Thursday, July 21, 19:30 Concert Hall


Picornell-Jagla Duo

The Picornell-Jagla Duo was formed in 2001 with the aim of offering original repertoires for clarinet and piano, focusing on all styles from classic to vanguard. They have performed in various Spanish cities and premiered works of different Spanish composers, some of which were also recorded and played in Radio Catalunya Musica. They have also participated in the most important musical events in Mallorca. The clarinetist, Mr. Tomas Picornell was born in Mallorca in 1970. Beginning his musical studies at the age of eight, he soon became a distinguished student. His first performance as a soloist with orchestra was at the age of 19, playing the Concerto No. 2 by C. M. von Weber. From 1996 to 1997, he was the soloist of the Jove Orquestra Simfonica de les Illes Baleares. He is now a professor at the Conservatori Professional de Musica I Dansa de Palma, in Mallorca, where he has his permanent residence.

Sunday, July 24, 10:00 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Thomas Piercy

Thomas Piercy studied at Juilliard, Mannes College, VCU and Shenandoah Conservatory, under Gervase De Peyer, Dr. Stephen Johnston, Kalmen Opperman and Leon Russianoff. He is a critically acclaimed musician with orchestral, concerto, solo recital and chamber music appearances throughout the Americas and Europe. Described by The New York Times as “passionate and pulling out all the stops,” Piercy performs concerts of classical music, jazz-inspired programs, contemporary works, pieces written specifically for him and his own arrangements, compositions and collaborations. He has performed for Broadway, television, radio, video and commercial recordings, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Royal Albert Hall, the Pompidou Centre and other venues throughout the U. S. and Europe. He performs on Rossi rosewood English-bore clarinets; Buffet Prestige clarinets with Opperman mouthpieces and barrels and handmade reeds. Mr. Rorem, a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winner, wrote his only clarinet and piano piece, “Four Colors,” for Mr. Piercy; the premiere was at a concert celebration for Mr. Rorem at Carnegie Hall.

Saturday, July 23, 14:00 Recital Hall


Spencer Pitfield

Spencer Pitfield was born in Kent, England, but grew up in South Africa. He acquired his bachelor degree there and a Performer’s Diploma from the Rotterdams Concervatorium and a Licentiate Degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. In 2001, he completed his Ph. D. in Performance Practice at Sheffield University. He has performed solo and orchestra concerts in most European centers, China, USA, and many South African countries. He was a featured lecturer at the ClarinetFest for three consecutive years and in 2001, won first prize in the ICA research competition in New Orleans. He judged the same competition at ClarinetFest 2004 and performed and taught at the University of Maryland. He coached and performed at Kuhmo Summer Festival in Finland. Since 1997, he has worked in the music department at the Purcell School of Music, London.

Wednesday, July 20, 14:00 Conference Room No. 1


Michel Portal

A solist and chamberist and a multiple talented musician. As a classical clarinetist he was awarded the first clarinet prize of the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris in 1959, then those of the Geneva and Swiss jubilee competitions in 1963, as well as the Grand Prix National de la Musique in 1983. Plays with Georges Pludermacher, Christian Ivaldi, Maria Joao Pires, and many others. Has been involved in contemporary music and worked with Kagel, Stockhausen, Berio, Boulez and so on. Often performed with the Ensemble “Musique Vivante” of Diego Masson, and played popular improvisation. Regularly appeared with an American dancer C.Carlson at theaters in Paris, Helsinki, Hambourg and Lausanne. Absorbed in jazz, he is surrounded by great European musicians: Texier, Humair, Solal and so on. He formed the Portal Unit, which is devoted to free improvisation. He plays bandoneon and saxophone, too. Also wellknown as a composer of screen music, and won three Cesar prizes awarded for “Le Retour de Martin Guerre”, “Les Cavaliers de l’Orage” and “Champ d’Honneur”. Has won the Sept d’Or prizes for the greatest telefilm music for twice.

Thursday, July 21, 19:30 Concert Hall


Quattuor Ventus

Quattour Ventus is a new ensemble with members of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville clarinet studio. The members include Ysabel Sarte, a graduate student from Santa Rosa, California; Heather Klenow, also a graduate student from Norway, Michigan; William Casada, a sophmore from Knoxville, Tennessee; and Benjamin Gessell, a senior from Kingston, Tennessee. They are coached by Professor Gary Sperl. The newly formed ensemble has performed extensively throughout the state of Tennessee in the past year and is looking forward to a performance in Puerto Rico in the fall.

Thursday, July 21, 10:00 Recital Hall


Michael Richards

Trained as a clarinetist at the New England Conservatory and Yale School of Music, earned a Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego, he has premiered over 150 works for clarinet throughout the United States, Japan, Australia, and Western Europe. Received a 1990 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship (co-sponsored by the Japanese Government Cultural Agency) as a solo recitalist for a six-month residency in Japan. Has performed as soloist with the Syracuse Symphony and Shinsei Japan Philharmonic. Currently an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a member of the Tanosaki/Richards Duo since 1982, a founding member of RUCKUS (contemporary music ensemble in Baltimore). Just ompleted the second book of extended clarinet techniques with multimedia package that includes an instructional DVD, CDs of examples, and an interactive website of composer, recording, and publisher information. The Tanosaki-Richards Duo, in its 23rd season of concertizimg, has commissioned and premiered new works from numerous composers in the US, Europe, and Japan including Akira Nishimura. Has given recitals at major venues and festivals.

Thursday, July 21, 13:00 Recital Hall


Antonio Saiote

Antonio Saiote is one of the best Portuguese soloist, Clarinet-Professor and Conductor. Born in Loures, studied clarinet at the National Conservatory of Lisbon, and then, continued his studies in Paris with Guy Deplus and Jacques Lancelot. In Germany, he obtained the Meisterdiplom from the Munich Hochschule, where he was a student of Gerd Starke. He attended conductor seminars with George Hurst in England. He performed as a soloist and guest musician with various orchestras and chamber groups. He has also conducted National Orchestra of Porto, the Beiras Philharmonic etc. He has given master classes in various countries and has been jury president at many competitions.

Friday, July 22, 9:30 Recital Hall
Saturday, July 23, 13:00
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Toru Sakamto

Graduated from the Period Instrument Department of Toho Gakuen School of Music. He continued his studies at the Scola Cantorum in Basel and the Royal Conservatory Den Haag. He studied clarinet with late Risei Kitazume, baroque oboe with Masashi Honma, and Early Clarinet with H. R. Stalder and E. Hoeprich. In 1993, he won the first prize in the Ensemble Division of the Bruges International Ancient Music Competition. He has participated in many concerts and recordings as a member of “Anima Eterna Orchestra”. He has also played with early instrument orchestras around the world, including “La Petite Band” and “Clemencic Consort”. He makes all the instruments that he plays, and he is gaining recognition worldwide as an instrument manufacturer as well.

Wednesday, July 20, 16:00 Recital Hall


Akira Sakata

Born in Kure City, Hiroshima. He joined the Yosuke Yamashita Trio in 1972 and played at various festivals, including the Moers New Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. In 1980, he formed the “Sakata Trio” and toured Europe in 1981. He also appeared at the Berlin Jazz Festival as the leader of the “Sakata Orchestra”. He has formed two bands “mitochondria” and “Harpacticoida” in the past, and after dissolving them, he is now playing in various sessions actively as a member of “Sakata Akira mii”. In 1998, he took part in “the Intricate Clarinets”.

Sunday, July 24, 14:40 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


The Sapphire Trio

The Sapphire Trio was formed in 1998 to explore the newly created literature for the clarinet, violin, and piano trio, bringing to the concert venue the masterworks that exist in the repertoire. Clarinetist, Maxine Ramey and violinist, Margaret Baldridge are on the faculty of The University of Montana. Only a handful of pieces existed for this type of chamber ensemble before 1971. The 200 plus works composed since that time, by leading composers worldwide, are the direct result of commissioning projects championed by the legendary Verdehr Trio, mentors of the Sapphire Trio. The Sapphire Trio is committed to continuing this legacy, upholding the art of chamber music as an exciting and dynamic performance genre.

Wednesday, July 20, 11:00 Recital Hall


Hiroyuki Sato

Started playing the clarinet at the age of 17. He completed the Music Course at the Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo. He also completed the Diploma Course at Shobi Gakuen Conservatoire. He is the first-prize winner of the 7th Japan Classic Music Competition. He also won the first prize at the 1st Clarinet Ensemble Competition, as well as the supporting companies’ award and Grand Prix. His solo debut concert was held in 2001. He is now giving performances as a member of a clarinet duo “sonaige” and a clarinet ensemble, “Vent du Nord” and “San-nin Ten” which is an unusual combination of Japanese Calligraphy, Tanka (Japanese poem with 31 syllables) and a musical unit. He is also active as a composer and an arranger. He has learned the clarinet with Daizaburo Watabe, Koichi Hamanaka, the chamber music with Hiromasa Iwasaki and Chikako Hashimoto.

Monday, July 18, 17:00 Recital Hall
Thursday, July 21, 16:00
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Ekkehard Sauer

Studied in Hannover as high school music teacher, under the influence of Hans Deinzer he came in touch with period clarinet playing. Working now at a highschool in Osnabrück, he joins project orchestras as a period clarinet player.

Thursday, July 21, 15:30 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Louis Sclavis

Born in Lyon in 1953. Began learning the clarinet with a brass band in his district, then studied at the Lyon Conservatory. From 1975 to 1988 he worked with the Workshop de Lyon, the Marvelous Band, and other groups. In this period he met Didier Levallet and Michel Portal, and also played with Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath and the quartet of Henri Texier. He formed his first group “Le Tour de France”. He released first solo album“CLARINETS”. Awarded the Prix DJANGO REINHARDT, a prize given to the best jazz musician in France. Won the “Django d’Or 93”, a title given annually to the best jazz album in France. Since 1982, he has regurally worked with the photographer Guy Le Querrec of the MAGNUM agency in performances including “De l’eau dans le jazz”, “Oeil de Breiz”, “jazz comme une image”. He has played with the trio SCLAVIS/ROMANO/TEXIER (recorded “Carnet de routes” on Label Bleu), with Joachim Kuhn, and with Ernst Reijsger (recorded “et l’on ne parle pas du temps” on FMP), He also worked as a solist for the composer Fabien Tehericsen. In 1996 won the Grand Prix National de la Musique from the Ministry of Culture. His latest album “NAPOLI’S WALLS” was released on ECM to won the high critical acclaim in France and overseas.

Thursday, July 21, 19:30 Concert Hall


Jochen Seggelke

Born in 1964 in Munich. After studying at Musikhochschule Heidelberg Mannheim from 1984 to 89, he studied period clarinets at Scola Cantorum Basiliensis from 1990 to 1992. He was the winner of the EVO competition in 1988. He founded the “Ottetto Amsterdam”, playing period instruments. He has been active with concert tours and CD productions as a member of “Concerto Köln”, “Orchestre des Champs-Elisees” and “Akademie fur alte Musik Berlin”. He was the soloist with “Musica Frankonia Festival Orchestra” in Nurnberg in 2002. He also founded a clarinet trio “Clarimonia”, playing period and modern instruments. After being an apprentice in woodwind instrument making, he founded Schwenk & Seggelke clarinet makers and is engaged in reconstructing period clarinets as well as in developing new clarinet models.

Thursday, July 21, 15:30 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Sendai Clarinet Ensemble

The students of Susumu Sengoku of Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra got together to hold a concert, and they took this chance to form the Sendai Clarinet Ensemble for exchanging information among local clarinetists and for mutual advancement in 1996. Members consist of professionals, students either majoring music or others and amateurs. They get together once a year in August to hold an annual concert “Sendai Clarinet Summer Concert”. This concert is in three parts, the solo part, the ensemble part and the choir part. This year, they are celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Monday, July 18, 14:00 Concert Hall


Senzoku-Gakuen College of Music, Clarinet Orchestra

This orchestra was formed in April, 1998, by the students majoring the clarinet at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, as their extra-curricular activity. In 1999, they organized the first concert at Yokohama Minato-Mirai Hall, and since then they have regular concert in March every year. Also this group participates “Joy of Clarinet Ensemble” held by Japan Clarinet Society every year since the 7th event. They took part in the ClarinetFest 2004 in Washington DC, and enjoyed high reputation.

Monday, July 18, 14:00 Concert Hall


Seiki Shinohe

In 1974, graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, studied with late Kunio Chiba, late Kastusuke Mishima and Yuji Murai. After graduation, studied at Karajan Academy with Karl Leister, and had the chance to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at their regular concert and to participate in the Salzburg Festival. In 1978, he became principal clarinet player of North-West German Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 1980, has played with the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra as the principal clarinet. Awarded at the first International Brahms Competition. He played as a soloist, as well as chamber music player, sometimes together with the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra and North-West German Philharmonic Orchestra as well. After resigning the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra, he shifted the base of his activities to Japan, and has been one of the busiest concert performers in Japan. Now the principal clarinet of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday, July 21, 17:00 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall
Sunday, July 24, 14:00
 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall
Sunday, July 24, 19:00
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Frank Sidorfsky

Studied at Enporian State University and at the Eastman School of Music from which he received a DMA degree. His primary clarinet teachers have been Leopold Liegl, Robert Marcellus, Authony Gigliotti, and Stanley Hasty. He has taught at James Madison University and at Kansas State University, where he attained Emeritus status. He has given performances on basset horn in fifteen states in the USA and in Victoria, Canada.

Saturday, July 23, 9:30 Recital Hall


Stephan Siegenthaler

Stephan Siegenthaler was born in 1957 in Switzerland and has studied at the Music Academies of Bern with Kurt Weber from 1976 to 1980. After receiving his certificate, he went to Detmold in Germany, where he studied with Jost Michaels at the music academy. From 1984 to 1986, he took lessons with Thomas Friedly in Geneva Conservatoire. In 1980, he won the 1st prize at the chamber music contest in Migros. In 1985, he was the prize- winner at the international contest of chamber music for wood instrument in Martigny (Switzerland). From 1990 to 1995, he held the position as a solo clarinetist in the Biel Symphony Orchestra. He is currently pursuing his career in chamber music, appearing at well-known festivals such as the international Music Festival in Lucerne, and playing with various eminent musicians and ensembles.

Saturday, July 23, 10:00 Recital Hall


Andrew Michael Simon

Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Simon has won acclaim on four continents for his brilliant musicianship and “almost god-like technique” (Auditorium magazine). Michael Tilson Thomas has noted his “formidable technique, flair, and musicianship “ while Allan Kozinn of The New York Times compared him favorably to Benny Goodman. First PrizeWinner of the International Clarinet Society Competition and the National Arts Club Competition, the Julliard School graduate made his début in the Carnegie Hall Recital Hall in 1989. His Singapore Symphony début (2002), playing the original version o f Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto on basset clarinet. Recent highlights include concerts of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony.

Friday, July 22, 18:00 Recital Hall
Saturday, July 23, 10:00
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Ronald Van Spaendonck

Born in 1970, he is one of the most promising Belgian clarinetists, having won at major competitions such as the International TROMP Clarinet Competition, Rome International Wind Instrument Competition, to name a few. Chosen as “Artists of the New Generation” by BBC, he was given the big chance to perform with major orchetras such as BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as chamber music recitals at Wigmore Hall, Djanogly Hall, etc. Also appeared on the stage of Musiekverein Wien, Concerto Gebouw, Amsterdam and many other prestigious concert halls. Often invited by Gidon Kremer, Takaci Quartet and Skampa Quartet as soloist joining their concert tour to Belgium, England and Holland. His “French Music for Clarinet and Piano”, released by Harmonia Mundi, enjoys high critical acclaim by French music magaziens. Now teaching at Mons and Brussels Royal Concervatoire.

Sunday, July 24, 19:00 Concert Hall


Harry Sparnaay

Studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Ru Otto, and after graduating with a performer's degree for clarinet, specialized in bass clarinet and won the first prize in the Gaudeamus Competition in 1972. Has played at numerous music festivals:Warsaw, Madrid, New York, Naples and many others, and the ISCM Festivals held in Rotterdam, Athenes, Amsterdam, etc. Also performed with many major orchestras including Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Inter Contemplain, the Israel Symphonietta and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Concerts were held all over Europe, North and South America, Australia, Asia and Israel, performing works written for him, notably the premiere performance of In Freundschaft by Karlheinz Stockhausen. In addition, numerous composers such as Xenakis, Weddington, Harvey, and Yun have dedicated pieces to him. Founded the Bass Clarinet Collective (9 bass clarinetists, including 3 double basses), and together with flutist Harrie Starreveld and pianist Ren Eeckhardt he formed Het Trio in 1984. Now professor in bass clarinet and contemporary chamber music at the Sweelinck Conservatory and the Conservatory of Utrecht, and is a player of the new model Buffet Crampon. He has been a jury member at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition several times and is a member of the Dutch section of the ISCM.

Friday, July 22, 18:00 Recital Hall
Sunday, July 24, 16:15
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Rose Sperrazza

Assistant Professor of Music at Northeastern Illinois University since 2004, having served on the faculty of Harper College, and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Akron University. Performed with the groups such as Harper Chamber Winds, Opus Three Woodwind Trio, and with Salt Creek Sinfonietta, and the NEIU String Orchestra as a featured soloist. Now regularly performs in the Chicago metropolitan area. Performed at ClarinetFest 2003 (premiere performance of Edward Yadzinski’s) and in 2004 Presented clarinet clinics at Harper College, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Summer Music Clinic program, and at numerous high schools in Illinois. She holds Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from DePaul University, the Master of Music degree in clarinet from University of Akron, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was awarded the Bolz Scholarship, being taught with William R. Gasbarro, Larry Combs, David Bell, and Dr. Linda Bartley.

Friday, July 22, 10:30 Recital Hall


Robert Spring

Was president of the International Clarinet Association from 1998-2000. Has performed for over 11 International Clarinet Association conventions, and hosted the 1995 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest at Arizona State University. Being described as “one of this country’s most sensitive and talented clarinetists” (Arizona Republic), and “dazzled his audience. . . flawless technique” (The Clarinet Magazine). The Instrumentalist Magazine writes of his recording, “Dragon’s Tongue”, The America Record Guide writes of his Copland Clarinet Concerto, “... phrasing is elegant swing highly effective in the introduction and in the bridge to the jazzy finale, that feels like an improvised jam session.” He has performed worldwide and published numerous articles on multiple articulation and other contemporary clarinet techniques. Professor of Clarinet at Arizona State University and principal clarinet of the ProMusic Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and plays Buffet Greenline Clarinet exclusively.

Saturday, July 23, 14:00 Recital Hall


Håkon Stødle

Born in 1942 in Indre Billefjord, Finnmark, Norway. Associate Professor of Clarinet and Dean at Tromsø University College, Music Conservatory, with study on “The Clarinet in Norwegian Music up to 1830”. Studied with Richard Kjelstrup, David Weber, Jacques Lancelot, and Ib Eriksson. Has made numerous recordings in Norwegian Radio and TV, while giving recitals all over Norway as soloist and chamber musician, as well as in Russia, Brazil, USA, Japan and other countries. Soloist with Archangel State Chamber Orchestra, Petrozavodsk State Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, etc., and principal clarinetist of orchestras such as Tromsø Symphony (1987-1996), North Norwegian Symphony, and Finnmark Symphony. Made world premiers of several dedicated compositions, some of them at two of the International Clarinet Association's Clarfest (1987 and 1997). Recorded "Music of the North" with North-Norwegian Symphony. Has been assistant professor of Musicology at Oslo University.

Tuesday, July 13, 19:00 Recital Hall
Friday, July 22, 9:30
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Yoshiaki Suzuki

Born in Tokyo and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and received master degree. He won the first prize in the wind division at the 37th Japan Music Competition. His clarinet teachers include late K. Mishima, late K. Chiba and late R. Kitazume. In 1981, he went to the US to study with R. Marcellus, the former principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra. He joined the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and then, the former Japan Philharmonic. He took part in the foundation of the New Japan Philharmonic in 1972, and was the principal clarinet there. He is also active in the field of contemporary music and chamber music. He now teaches at Toho Gakuen School of Music and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Sunday, July 24, 14:40 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Tadayoshi Takeda

Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in 1975. He went to France to study with Jacques Lancelot at the National Conservatory in Rouen. He graduated there, winning the first prize. He won the first prize at the Paris Bellan Competition and also won the first prize at the 47th Japan Music Competition in 1978. He took part in the 35th Geneva International Music Competition and won the Bronze Medal, becoming the first Japanese to receive an award. He has a wide range of repertoires from baroque to contemporary music. He is a professor at the Kunitachi College of Music and a part-time instructor at the Elizabeth Conservatory in Hiroshima, and was a guest instructor to conduct a master class at Paris Conservatoire arranged by Michel Arrignon in 2004. He is regarded as one of the few performers/instructors who can pass on the proper French school style.

Friday, July 22, 13:45 Recital Hall
Sunday, July 24, 19:00
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Masahiro Takigawa

Born in Osaka in 1960. Studied the clarinet with Mitsugi Kida and Hideaki Iwai. Graduated from Osaka University of Education, Music Department. Also learned the clarinet at International instrument school in Osaka with Koichi Hamanaka. Once taught at school but his passion toward jazz was strong enough to guide him to become a professional jazz clarinetist. While Osaka was the place where Dixie and New-Orleans jazz enjoyed heat popularity, he began pursuing the modern jazz, focusing on Buddy DeFranco, and in 1995 awarded the Seiji Nakayama Jazz Award, followed by the session by two clarinets with Eiji Taniguchi at a live spot in the middle of Tokyo, causing a sensation among Tokyo fans. His first album as leader titled “Masahiro Takigawa” was released in 2000.

Friday, July 22, 19:00 Concert Hall


Eiji Taniguchi

Born in Fukuoka in 1968. Eiji Taniguchi’s performing activities started while he was in Waseda University, and he started to draw attention as a modern-swing style soloist. He formed his own group and held live concerts, made CD’s, and attended various events abroad, including the Concord Jazz Festival. His musical style is a mixture of orthodox style and contemporary sense, which allows him to play a wide range of repertoires, such as modern, jazz, big band, brass band, classis, and folk music. He has played with many top players in Japan and abroad to broaden his musical sphere. He is currently active as a studio musician, composer, arranger and a DJ for a radio program. He is also a member of the faculty at the Senzoku Gakuen University.

Friday, July 22, 19:00 Concert Hall


Thelema Trio

Thelema Trio has offered in their young career concerts in three continents, exploiting its unusual combination beyond their limits. Composers from the Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Belgium, Iceland, Peru, Denmark, Finland, Israel and USA have written works especially for them. Other works are sent to them from all over the world to have a Belgium or even European premiere. The center figure of this trio is Marco Antonio Mazzini. He studied at the National Conservatory of Peru and then moved onto Belgium in 1999 to receive his master degree in clarinet, chamber music and improvisation. Working with avant-garde, jazz, free improvisation, electronics or folk music, this ensemble is open for every new challenge.

Sunday, July 24, 13:00 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Dallas Tidwell

Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Louisville. He served as associate principal and second clarinetist with the Louisville Orchestra for 27 years. During that time he was featured as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra in concertos by Dan Welcher and Frederick Speck. Has also has served as principal clarinetist with the Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Bach Society, and the Lake George (New York) Opera. He has been an active chamber performer for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Gerhard Chamber Festival (Alabama), Lake George Chamber Festival, and is a founding member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, now in their 21st season. He recently toured Japan with the Louisville String Quartet as part of the University of Hirosaki Chamber Music Festival. He has given recent recitals in the Louisville region, North Carolina and Minnesota. He can be heard on the following labels: Centaur, First Edition Records, Arizona University Press, d’NOTE, Koch and Troy. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Louisville. His principal teachers have included James Livingston, Larry Combs, Jerome Stowall, George Silfies, and Richard Nunemaker.

Thursday, July 21, 12:15 Recital Hall


Masashi Togame

Born in Hiroshima, and started learning the violin at the age of eight, and the clarinet when he was fifteen. Graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music and its Graduate school, learning the clarinet with late Katsusuke Mishima and the chamber music with Ryohei Nakagawa. While in the graduate school, joined the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, in which he is the principal clarinetist now. Joined the performance of “Music Today” produced by Tohru Takemitsu, recorded four albums with the members of The Clarinet Ensemble, and other activities aside from the orchestra performance. Active beyond the limit of classic music by joining the group led by an accordionist Coba, for the tour to Europe and recordings, for example. Published “Guide to Playing the Clarinet”. Now teaching at the universities of Seitoku and Musashino, while acting as judge at Japan Music Competition, Clarinet Section.

Monday, July 18, 13:00 Concert Hall
Tuesday, July 19, 17:00
 Recital Hall
Thursday, July 21, 13:00
 Recital Hall
July 24, 16:15 Recital Hall


Tokyo Clarinet Choir

This is a clarinet orchestra formed in 1986 upon Yukio Inagaki’s proposal by non-professional, hobbyist players, and has been active by his own conducting. There are about fifty members who have diverse background of life, some being company employees, students, graduates of musical colleges, etc. They play only the clarinet and have repertoire with full variety, from the piano pieces to symphonies, performing at the regular concerts, mini-concerts named “TCC Presents”, and making different ensemble presentations, instruments at various events. They made four concert tours to Vienna, besides the trip to Belgium and domestic tours. Furthermore, promotion activities have been emphasized by cooperation with other clarinet ensemble groups.

Saturday, July 23, 11:00 Concert Hall


Tokyo Clarinet Philharmony

Tokyo Clarinet Philharmony was established in 1980 by clarinet players who are not only fond of its sound but also interested in developing its technique under Masatake Kaihoko’s direction. All the members received a bachelor’s degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Every summer they organize and teach at a camp in Mt. Zao in Yamagata prefecture (northern Japan) where they also have concerts. In 1982 they accomplished their first recording and also completed compact disc recording in 1996. TCP was invited by ClarinetFest in Ostend, Oklahoma and Stockholm and enjoyed good reputation.

Wednesday, July 20, 10:15 Recital Hall


Atsuki Tsutsumi

Studied at Wienna National University and was awarded the most outstanding diploma. Studied with Takafumi Komatsu, P. Schmieder and Koichi Hamanaka. After performing at the Reimond Opera Theater and with Righeti Wood-Wind Quintet, returned to Japan and has been active as representative of Mock Wood-Wind Quintet and director of JWE. Now a member of Nippon Federation of Musicians.

Saturday, July 23, 18:00 Recital Hall


Kazutoki Umezu

Started professional career while attending at Kunitachi College of Music, with the bands named “Life-Improvement Committee” (‘70s) and “D. U. B. (Dr. Umezu Band)” (‘80s). With the band “RC Succession”, he made his popularity solid and stable. Also he produces collaborations with other genres of music in performance, recordings, etc. , not only in Japan but in Europe and America, gaining critical acclaim as “an incredible improviser handing the reed instrument freely. ” Expanded the activity in Asia recently, leading several groups. His tour to Africa in l999 motivated to organize the group “Dr. Umezu KIKI Band” which is joined by the members, M. Kinu, T. Hayakawa and K. Araida, who can bring in new and modern, as well as broad and solid, sounds to the music they have created.

Tuesday, July 19, 17:00/19:00 Recital Hall


Una Voce

The clarinet quartet, Una Voce, was formed in 2002 at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro where they are coached by Kelly Burke. Originating from Florida, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Texas, the members were brought together through a common pursuit of graduate studies and a love of chamber music. Una Voce commissioned and premiered Caricatures for Clarinet Quartet, by Carlos Velez, at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in March 2004.

Sunday, July 24, 10:00 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Uzel Ametist Clarinet Quintet

This quintet was founded in 1996 by the students of Istanbul University State Conservatory with the purpose of introducing the chamber music repertory for clarinet. Their debut was in 2000 as they were successful in the audition of “Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts” and gave a concert in the 28th International Istanbul Music Festival. The same year they became the second runner-up in the “Young Performers Chamber Music Competition” organized by ANACEV. The group’s reputation has spreaded very fast and they became “The first chamber music assemble” to be invited to the “Young Stars” series of Is-Sanat Concert Hall. Since 1999 the group has been active and had many awards and participations in music festivals in Turkey, as well as in the countries such as Slovenia, Pakistan, Estonia, Lithuenia, Latvia, France, Germany, and Turkmenistan in 2005. The group creates their own compositions and arrangements enhancing their repertoire, while having a very wide range of repertoire of classical pieces of different eras, as well as arrengement of folk, jazz or popular music.

Tuesday, July 19, 13:00 Recital Hall


Stephan Vermeersch

Studied the clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone and chamber music with great distinction at the Lem-Music Institute, Leuver, Belgium and the Royal Conservatory. As a soloist he performs regularly contemporary pieces in the Benelux and was invited to perform at contemporary festivals in Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia and Lithuania. He is soloist with the Rajhans Orchestra (worldwide orchestra) performances in India (Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, Madras), Pakistan (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi), USA (New York), UK (London), the Netherlands, Belgium and France. He is a member of the contemporary clarinet quartet, Ebony Quartet, performing in the Benelux, Sweden, Ukraine, Mongolia and Lithuania.

Sunday, July 24, 13:00 Parnassos TAMA Schubert Hall


Dominique Vidal

Dominique Vidal has studied with Guy Deplus, Maurice Bourgue and Christian Larde. The National Superior Conservatory of Paris unanimously gave him the first prize in clarinet and chamber music. He has won the grand prize at international competitions in Paris, Rome, Belgrade, Toulon, and Acanthes. He also received the Claude Debussy Competition Grand Prize, the Parisian Artists and Chamber Musicians Guild Grand Prize and has been honored by the Philip Morris Musical Action Foundation. He has taken part in many festivals, masterclasses, training programs for young musicians and lectures in France, Italy and Taiwan. As a diverse performer, he has been part of numerous international festivals. In Ville d’Avray, he is part of the Atelier Musique and a member of the Chamber Orchestra directed by Jean Louis Petit. His recordings have received “Best Disc of the Year” (Le Monde 1994) record prize of Academie Charles Cros, the Diapason d’or.

Friday, July 22, 17:00 Recital Hall


Vintage Quartet

The Vintage Quartet is formed by four young Portuguese clarinettists, since 2001. Its music goes since Old Music, passing for Baroque, Contemporary, until Folk Music from different countries. This Quartet participated in the most important Portuguese Festivals of Music and in some chamber music competition. In order to explore some idiomatic possibilities of clarinet, Iva Barbosa, Cândida Oliveira, José Eduardo Gomes and Ricardo Alves, play with different types of clarinet: Eb, Bb, Cor Basset and Bass, and with two percussionists. Above all, the Vintage Quartet intends to create a new sound, capable to provide true moments of music.

Friday, July 22, 10:00 Recital Hall


Robert Walzel

Director of the School of Music at the University of Utah, having served in a similar capacity at Sam Houston State University, Texas. He had also served on the faculty for eleven years at Texas Tech University and as Principal Clarinetist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, appearances have included those with Ensemble of Santa Fe, Dallas String Quartet, Texas Clarinet Consort, for the Performing Arts in Houston, and so on. From major symphony orchestras to jazz and commercial music, he has performed extensively nationally, as well as internationally in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central America. Toured with Steven Glaser as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency. The duo has also released a CD as well. Festival Coordinator for ClarinetFest '97, and currently serves as Immediate Past President for this organization. Also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Music Schools. Holds the D.M.A. degree from the University of North Texas and the M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of Houston.

Friday, July 22, 10:30 Recital Hall


Eva Wasserman-Margolis

Born in USA and received Masters Degree in Music Performance at the University of Illinois. Became principal clarinetist of Haifa Symphony in Israel at age 23. Organized the first Israeli International Clarinet Festival in 1998, and served as National Chairperson for the International Clarinet Association in Israel. First clarinetist to represent Israel at the International Clarinet Festival in 1999 in Belgium. Travels to the USA and Europe as performer/clinician. Performed in Chang Chun City, China at the International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in 2004, receiving an honorary professorship from Jilin College of Arts. Recorded CDs, “Two Clarinets and Piano;original Music from Finland, Malta, Israel and points in between,” and others. Her book “Learning Clarinet the Artistic Way” is the first clarinet method book published in Hebrew, and “Time for Tone” is published in five languages. Her compositions “The Generation of Hope” and “Ode to Odessa” are published. Now the main instructor at the Conservatory of Givatayim and Petach Tikva.

Tuesday, July 19, 14:00 Conference Room No. 1
Thursday, July 21, 11:30
 Recital Hall


Michel Webster

Associate Professor of Clarinet and Ensembles at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, and Artistic Director of the Houston Youth Symphony. Formerly principal clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, he has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops. He has performed at the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Chamber Music West and Northwest, Norfolk, Victoria, Stratford, Domaine Forget, Angel Fire, Steamboat Springs, Park City, Sitka, and Skaneateles. With his wife, flutist Leone Buyse, he plays in the Webster Trio with pianist Robert Moeling and in the Webster Trio Japan with Chizuko Sawa.

Wednesday, July 20, 11:00 Recital Hall


Nathan Williams

Earned the Artist Diploma with highest honors from the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Vienna, as well as graduate degrees from the Eastman and Juilliard schools, having studied with Stanley Hasty. Has been the instructor of clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy since 2001, and was also named Visiting Associate Professor at Michigan State University's School of Music. Has given recitals and chamber music performances throughout the United States, eastern part of Europe and China. Prize winner in Rotterdam's International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for performers of contemporary music, the Eastman Concerto Competition and others. He has been a resident artist at the Banff Centre in Alberta and a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the C.D.Jackson Award presented by Maestro Seiji Ozawa. Hailed by critics as "outstanding for his musicality, breath control, robust, and brilliant tone, and flawless technique" (EI Nuevo Dia Domingo, San Juan) and has received critical acclaim for his CD recordings An expert of contemporary music and several solo and chamber works were committed to him from Robert Maggio, Scott McAllister, to name the few. Has taken part in world-premiere recordings and performances of New York Guild of Composers, the Austrian Composers Foundation, etc. Former principal clarinetist of Winston-Salem Symphony.

Saturday, July 23, 14:00 Recital Hall


Masaharu Yamamoto

In 1972, he won the first prize at the 41st Japan Music Competition, wind division. In 1973, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with the honour of the Ataka Prize. After that, he entered the Nordwestdeutsche Musik Akademie (Detmold) to study further with Jost Michaels. He passed the Konzertexamen with top honours. In 1975, he joined the “Die Düsseldorfer Symphoniker” as solo clarinettist. In 1976, he won the second prize at the Colmar International Chamber Music Concours (France), woodwind trio division, with Fumiaki Miyamoto (oboe) and Koji Okazaki (Bassoon). In 1980, he took a “Kammermusiker“‘s title from the city of Düsseldorf. He returned to Japan in 1983. Participated in such as the Kiso Music Festival, the Kurashiki Music Festival and the Miyazaki Music Festival. Member of the Master Wind Players, the Japan Chamber Orchestra and the Clarinet Ensemble. He appears various ranges of performance activities, including solo, chamber music, and orchestra performance. Currently, he is the principal clarinettist of the New Japan Philharmonic, professor of the Musashino Academia Musicae, and lecturer of the Nihon University College of Art. He uses Buffet’s Tosca.

Thursday, July 21, 13:00 Recital Hall
Thursday, July 21, 18:15
 Recital Hall
Saturday, July 23, 19:00
 Concert Hall
Sunday, July 24, 19:00
 Concert Hall


Min-Ho Yeh

Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Central Arkansas (USA). Graduated from National Taiwan Normal University (BA), New England Conservatory in Boston (MM), and Indiana University (DM). Learning with James Campbell, Thomas Martin, and Wei-Leng Chen. Was a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra (1990), Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (1992-95), and The Magic Clarinet Quartet (1994-95), and performed with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra (IN), Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Pine Bluff Symphony (AR). Now principal clarinet of the Conway Symphony Orchestra (AR) and a member of Sunaura Woodwind Trio. Has performed at festivals such as the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (1997), the ClarinetFest in Utah (2003), and the Taiwan Connection Music Festival (2003, 2004). Invited to perform also in Boston, San Diego and Seattle as part of the Taiwanese-American Heritage Week concerts. His performance with the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and solo/chamber performances at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, NY, were acclaimed highly by the press. He has also appeared on radio in Canada and USA, as well as recordings with Trio Indiana, compositions of John Zorn, and Contemporary American Wind Music with the NEC Wind Ensemble .

Thursday, July 21, 13:00 Recital Hall


Yokohama Clarinet Choir

Formed in 1982 according to the proposal of late Kazuhiko Ikematsu, who was a clarinetist himself. This group is pursuing diversified possibility and attractiveness of ensemble with the instruments of the same family, that will not be possible by solo or ensemble of different instruments. Its repertoire varies quite a lot from the concerto by Molter and Stamitz to commissioned contemporary music, from baroque to modern, from the works for string ensemble, symphonies to organ pieces. Their concept and capability were recognized internationally by their guest performance at International ClarinetFest in l986. Since 1991, they have been performing as solisten, following the founder/conductor, Ikematsu’s will, giving the regular concerts twice a year, Christmas concerts, appearance on NHK FM radio, etc.

Saturday, July 23, 11:00 Concert Hall


Céleste Zewald

Céleste Zewald studied the clarinet at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, first with Herman Braune, then with George Pieterson. Her diplomas, including the Soloists’ Diploma, were awarded with special distinctions for technique, musicality and performance. Zewald participated in masterclasses by Karl Leister, Hans Deinzer, Paul Meyer and Charles Neidich. At the “Vriendenkrans”-competition 2001 of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, she won the first prize, as well as almost all other prizes, including the audience prize and the Press Award. In 2002, Céleste Zewald was awarded the Philip Morris Award, and she was invited to perform all over Europe and at Carnegie Hall, New York, in the prestigious concert series “Rising Stars”. For these concerts she will play a new work for clarinet and piano composed by a Dutch composer Robin de Raaff. Now a substitute solo-clarinetist for Het Brabants Orkest, and a member of various chamber-music groups, with whom she has recorded several CDs, while teaching at the conservatories of both Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Tuesday, July 19, 13:00 Recital Hall


Michiyoshi Inoue

Born in Tokyo in 1946. Studied with Hideo Saito at Toho Gakuen School of Music. In l971, he won the Grand Prix at the Guido Cantelli Conductors Competition, organized by the Teatro la Scala, Italy. Made debut in Japan in 1976 by conducting the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He worked with New Zealand National Philharmony Orchestra as a principal guest conductor from 1977 to 1982, the New Japan Philharmonic as music director from 1983 to 1988, with which he was back as a principal guest conductor for three yeas from 2000, and also with Kyoto City Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1998 as music director and the resident conductor. He conducted the Chicago Symphony at their subscription concert in l993, and was invited again in 1994, while conducting regularly the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. Besdies these, he has worked with various orchestras such as Munchener Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, to name just two.

Sunday, July 24, 14:00 Concert Hall


Japan Chamber Orchestra

This is a supreme ensemble group formed by leading members of major orchestras in Tokyo metropolitan area, together with those who are active as soloist. There are 20 members who play the string instrument or the wind instrument. The concept of this orchestra is “to play without the conductor”, that is only possible by such selected members led by Tatsuya Yabe as the concertmaster. Since 1999, the orchestra has been playing regularly at Parthenon Tama Concert Hall, supported by the Tama-City Cultural Foundation. Their repertoire is diverse, ranging from Baroque to modern and contemporary music, from the chamber music to full orchestra pieces. The versatility of expression, from the dynamic to delicate and individualistic, is the great advantage of this orchestra, and they choose to play concertos with the soloist from its own members. Furthermore, they often choose works of the 20th century for their repertoire. The CDs released so far have been highly acclaimed, also.

Saturday, July 23, 19:00 Concert Hall


Orchestra “Strofinare”

This orchestra was founded in 2002 by the volunteer students who were the fleshman Toho Gakuen School of Music, String Department. The name of the ensemble came from the Italian word meaning ‘to polish’, reflecting the members’ wish of pursuing the spirit of music and improving toward the higher goal. In 2003, they made pre-concert by the string orchestra and the chamber ensemble inviting Francesco de Angellis and Francesco di Rosa, who are the principal violinist and the principal oboe player, specifically, of the Teatro Scala di Milano, thanks to great effort of Chikara Iwamura, the asst. conductor of NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, their debut concert was held at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, conducted by Mr. Iwamura, to a great success. Also in April 2005, their joint performance with Amadeus Choir enjoyed critical applause.

Violin: Mamiko Amemiya/Chika Edanami/Issei Hatakeyama/Natsuko Hosokawa/Kana Imai/Keiko Kageyama/Tsukasa Kasuya/Reiko Kato/Natsu Kuriyama/Rei Kuroda/Tomoe Mihara/Mari Sakai/Madoka Satsuki/Ruri Sugiyama/Munehisa Takahashi/Mayuko Takase/Kiwako Tominaga/Hana Ushigusa/Yasuko Yokota
Viola: Natsumi Echigo/Teiko Matsunuma/Mariya Mori/Kaori Muramatsu/
Ayaka Notomi/Hiroko Tominaga
Cello: Aki Kitajima/Yoriko Miyake/Sumiko Mizuno/Mei Takeda
Contra bass: Keita Tadokoro/Kou Watanabe
Flute: Chiaki Takase/Mariko Noguchi
Oboe: Yoshio Uehata/Makoto Kuroda
Fagot: Nobuko Morita/Megumi Sato
Horn: Kazuya Inomata/Ai Sakamoto


Chikara Iwamura

Assistant conductor of NHK Symphony Orchestra. Graduated from Waseda University, Science and Engineering Department, majoring electronic communication technology, and also from Toho Gakuen School of Music. Learned with Hideomi Kuroiwa, Taijiro Iimori, Seiji Ozawa and R. Schumacher. Having the base of activities both in Italy and Japan, he conducts the orchestras such as Hungary Symphony, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, and many other Japanese and also overseas orchestras, and is highly acclaimed. Has won prizes at various competitions such as the grand prix at Master Players Conductors Competition. Since 2001, he has been invited to Zagleb Contemporary Music Festival, Barley Symphony Orchestra’s special concert, to name a few, expanding the area of his activity throughout the world. He conducted the NHK Symphony’s subscription concert in 2003 which was a great success.


Naoko Endo

Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music and completed the master course. Has participated in many concerts and festivals. Has been active as an official accompanist at the summer seminar of Eastman School of Music since 1999, for Hamamatsu International Wind-instrument Academy, clarinet class since 2001, and from 2003, she is playing as the pianist for Japan Horn Society. Many artists request her as accompanist relying on her piano techniques and musicianship. Presently contracted as playing staff at Toho Gakuen School of Music.


Naoko Ishibashi

Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music learning the piano with Yoko Kitamura and piano accompaniment with Henliette Puig Roger. After graduation, started the performance activity as an ensemble pianist appearing on NHK Broadcasing education programs, NHK FM radio, NHK BS televition and so on. Also active in CD recordings. Awarded the most outstanding co-performance award for three times at Japan Flute Competition (now Lake Biwa International Flute Competition). Started career as the official pianist of various competitions in 1996, such as International Oboe Competition since 1997, Kobe International Flute Competition since 2001, and many others. Also participated in music festivals such as Hamamatsu International Wind-Instrument Festival, in Japan and overseas, being relied on and trusted by many artists.


Yuki Nakajima

Graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music and studied at Lyon Conservatoire Supérieur Nationale and received the diploma in piano and chamber music. In 1982, awarded the Silver Award (no Gold Award winner) at PTNA Young Pianist Competition, and after qualified by NHK freshmans’ audition in 1999, played at the debut recital on FM radio, won the first prize of piano section at Takarazuka Vega Competition, and also awarded the Most Outstanding Pianist Award at Maurice Ravel Academy in France in l997. In 1999, performed Mozart piano concerto with Auvergne Chamber Orchestra of France. Now besides being an accompanist for Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, active in performance at various concerts and events. Learned the piano with Etsuko Ichida, Miyoko Y. Goldberg, Haruko Seki, P. Pontier and J.F. Esseere.




Josef Balogh and klezmer ensemble

Alessandro Carbonare at Selmer recital

Guy Deplus in recital

Eva Wasserman and Luigi Magistrelli

Eric Mandat and colleague on Centemporary music

       The prestige artists from all over Japan, Europe, and the USA included names such as Ricardo Morales

(Philadelphia Orchestra), Charles Neidich  (NY Woodwind Quintet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, faculty at

Juilliard School), Eddie Daniels (Jazz great), Buddy DeFranco (Jazz great), Jessica Phillips (Metropolitan Opera),

Larry Combs (Chicago Symphony), Caroline Hartig (Michigan State University), Eric Mandat (Contemporary

Music composer and performer), F Gerard Errante (Extended Clarinet techniques), Maureen Hurd (Trenton

State University in New Jersey), Robert Spring (University of Arizona),  Wenzel Fuchs (Berlin Philharmonic),

Guy Deplus (France), Michel Arrignon (France), Allesandro Carbonare (Italy), Luigi Magistrelli (Milan), Eva

Wasserman (Israel), Jan Guns (Netherlands), Philippe Cuper (France), Josef Balogh (Hungary), Celeste Zewald

(Holland), Brigid Burke (Contemporary Music composer and performer - Australia), and too many others.  

The scope number of recitals was overwhelming making it impossible to see everything as there were simultaneous

events constantly throughout the week.

      Posted on Gallery Photos above are the many Clarinet Choirs performing.  Of critical interest, every ensemble,

although many were student, was the most potently professional in all musical, tone, ensemble playing.  Nothing like

this has ever been heard of this quality in previous festivals, which points to tribute the strong music education

programs in Japan.

      The Japanese provided a star array of great clarinetists unknown outside Japan.  A sample list includes 

Takeshi Mito, Naoko Fukushima, Takishi Sugimoto,  Kazumi Itani, Natsuka Kawai, Chikako Kondo, Hudson

Nogueira, Kazutoki Umezu, Naoko Kotaniguchi, Tatzuzo Akasaka, Masaharu Yamamoto, Yugi Murai, Shuhei

Isobe, Yuko Hattan, Ching-chun Lin, Eiji Kitamura, Shigero Ikushima,Seiki Shinohe, Masashi Togame, Hirotaka

Ito, Kenji Matsumoto, Yoshinobu Kamai, Koichi Hamanaka, Tadayoshi Takeda, and many others including

outstanding students. These players performed diverse and standard repertoire including jazz and contemporary

music alongside others pre-eminent in their fields.  A concert presented by the Japan Super Wind Orchestra

(an ensemble as professional as the top US military Bands in Washington) premiered a work by Michael

Daugherty named ‘Brooklyn Bridge for Clarinet and Winds', brilliantly performed by Anna Hamimoto

(16 years old) by memory. 

Michel Arrignon soloistwith Orchestra

Guy Deplus performing Mozart with String Quartet

Charles Neidich performing Copland Concerto

Wenzel Fuchs performing Strauss Duet Concertino

Tokyo Clarinet Choir


       Ensembles that performed included 2 Chamber Orchestras (Orchestra Strofinare), which supported Allesandro

Carbonare in a performance of Ponchielli's Il convegno for 2 Clarinets and Orchestra,  and the Japan Chamber

Orchestra performing Danzi's Concertante for Clarinet, Flute and orchestra with Mashaharu Yamamoto, the

Strauss Duet Concertino with Wenzel Fuchs, and the Copland Clarinet Concerto with Charles Neidich with

the original concerto not published; this work was not performed by Benny Goodman in this version due to its

difficulty, but performed here by Neidich in memory and without conductor which made for nothing less than

an amazing performance. Master classes given by both Fuchs and Neidich were also very intensive and attendance

at both were full and standing room only. 

Sxhwenk & Seggelke Klarinetten exhibit

Vandoren exhibit

Ludmilla Peterkov trying Wurlitzer

Browsing exhibits

Selmer exhibit

Backun staff

Ceramic Clarinets

Wurlitzer Eb- D Klarinetten set

Wechel Barrels display

Clarinetfest last night party

Michel Arrignon at Buffet 180th Anniversary Concert

Buffet duo

Buffet soloists at concert

Guy Deplus in chamber music

Arrignon and Japanese soloist

         The major instrument firms exhibited and presented concerts with their artists such as Yamaha, Selmer,

and Buffet (celebrating their 180th year) with shining performances with artists from all over the globe.  There

were 3 large exhibit areas displaying the whole range of products and services.

       For the Japanese Clarinet Society, with a 600 membership, this was a festival of unprecedented quality

and class.  The Asian aspect of the Clarinet Community cannot be underestimated given the vast quality of

student players and ensembles, the quality of ensembles that performed all week, the great unknown Japanese

players who were a match for quality in world class circles, and the professional logistic carried out during this event. 


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