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26 February 2020


Anna Paulova performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with the Komorni Philharmonie


Pardubice, Poland





26 February 2020


VIP Sebastian Manz - Solo Klarinettist in the Stuttgart Radio Symphony and Renowned Soloist awarded the 2020 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center


New York City USA


                                 This special evening honors the outstanding artistry and promising future of artists from Lincoln Center's 11 constituent organizations. Each recipient is awarded a $7,500 prize to be used for career advancement and ongoing study. The Pre- and Post-Performance Receptions will be a celebration of the award recipients as well as Lincoln Center Corporate Fund's 50th Anniversary. It will be a fun and energetic party including reserved seating for top supporters, tasting stations, open bar and passed bites.


2020 Award Recipients


Lileana Blain-Cruz Lincoln Center Theater

Stella Chen The Juilliard School

Emily D’Angelo The Metropolitan Opera

Tessa Lark Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Hunt Family Award

Ruby Lister School of American Ballet
Martin E. Segal Award


Sebastian Manz Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center


Riley Mulherkar Jazz at Lincoln Center
Martin E. Segal Award

Akosua Adoma Owusu Film at Lincoln Center

Unity Phelan New York City Ballet

Ellen Reid New York Philharmonic

Jennifer Ashley Tepper New York Public Library for the Performing Arts



                         Clarinetist Sebastian Manz has been praised for his “enchantingly beautiful intonation and technical prowess” by Fono Forum. In the 2019/2020 season he performs as a soloist with major European orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. On the chamber music stage, he gives performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and will appear at different festivals including the prestigious festival Heidelberger Frühling in Germany and the Jazzfestival Viersen, collaborating with artists like Sebastian Studnitzky, Herbert Schuch, Sarah Christian, Julian Steckel, the wind quintet variation5, the Danish String Quartet, and the Armida Quartett. At the ARD International Music Competition in 2008, he won not only first prize in the clarinet category, which had not been awarded for 40 years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. He is solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart and artistic director of the festival :alpenarte. He is also active in the “Rhapsody in School” organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools. His recording of the complete works of Carl Maria von Weber was included in the list of the German Record Critics’ “Quarterly Critics Choice” and won an ECHO Classic award. He recently released his recording “A Bernstein Story.” Mr. Manz was born in Hanover, and his teachers include the acclaimed clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Reiner Wehle. He is a member of CMS's Bowers Program.



 24 February 2020


Concert with the leading Moscow clarinetists "Clarinet Gala" held, dedicated to the 330th anniversary of the clarinet's invention, in the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Conservatory


Entire Gala Concert


Chamber Performance from this Gala Concert



Moscow, Russia


                          On February 24, 2020, a concert of leading Moscow clarinetists "Clarinet Gala" was held, dedicated to the 330th anniversary of the clarinet's invention in the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The concert was performed by Russian national artist, professor of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music Vladimir Permyakov, honored artist of Russia professor of the Moscow Conservatory Evgeny Petrov and his assistant Alexey Vovchenko, teacher of the Moscow Conservatory, Yamaha artist Nikolay Ageev, honored artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan Arthur Naziullin, soloists of the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra Alexey Bogorad and Nikolai Inkizhinov, laureates of international competitions Sergey Yeletsky, Valentin Uryupin and Alexey Mikhailenko, clarinet quartet of the Russian State Academic Symphony Chapel - Dmitry Volkov, Dmitry Rybalko, Ilya Yartsev, Marat Avanesyan, soloist of the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra P.I. Tchaikovsky Anton Moiseenko, soloist of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia Oleg Solomakhin and other musicians. An introductory speech was made by a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, doctor of art history Valery Berezin. The concert was held with a sold out. The program included pieces of various compositions, eras and styles, from solo clarinet to quintet, from Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann to Steve Reich and Ivan Olenchyk. People from different cities of Russia came to visit this clarinet festival.



22 - 23 February 2020


VIP David Gould performs World Premiere of Salvador Brotons Bass Clarinet Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony


Vancouver, Washington USA


                           The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to present Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra, a performance filled with an acclaimed masterwork, a celebrated composition and a world premiere on February 22 at 3 p.m. and February 23 at 7 p.m. During the performances at Skyview Concert Hall the VSO was joined by clarinetist David Gould whose playing has been characterized as “elegant” and “virtuosic”. The concert features the 70+ member symphony orchestra led by Music Director and Conductor Salvador Brotons, now in his 29th season with the Symphony.

                           The performances begin with Celebration for Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, who was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in 1983. Of the piece, which was originally composed for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and their inaugural performance in the Circle Theatre, she says, “… Celebration for Orchestra is like a mini-concerto for orchestra, featuring some of the outstanding soloists in the ensemble, highlighting the various sections, and calling for the highest degree of virtuosity in the entire ensemble.” Next, the VSO performed the world premiere of the complete Bass Clarinet Concerto featuring David Gould by Maestro Brotons. This work was composed in 2018. Bass clarinetist David Gould played the premiere of the first movement (with piano accompaniment) in July 2018, at the International Clarinet Association Conference held in Ostende, Belgium. The two remaining movements of the concerto were completed in September 2018. Following, Maestro Brotons conducts Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra with the famous opening fanfare.


About David Gould

                           David Gould’s clarinet playing has been characterized as “elegant” and “virtuosic”. He has been a featured concerto soloist in America and Europe in works by Debussy, Mozart and Strauss. Mr. Gould has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, L’Orchestre National de France, Orchestra of St. Lukes, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is currently third clarinet and bass clarinetist with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra in New York City. He has performed under the direction of many of today’s leading conductors such as Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, John Nelson, Krzystof Penderecki, David Robertson, Gerard Schwartz and Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Gould is committed to the music of his time and has given numerous world premieres including works by David Bixler, Paquito D’Rivera, Christian Ellenwood, Hayes Greenfield, Sean Hickey, and Ranny Reeve. As a chamber player he has performed with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, iO String Quartet, Nancy Allen, Philippe Cuper, Carol Wincenc and Polish Wind and String Players Ensemble. He founded Ensemble 54, the NYC based clarinet quartet. He has taken part in the recording sessions for the soundtracks of major motion pictures and documentaries including the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Building Alaska for PBS. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, having studied with Stanley Drucker and David Weber, and was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, to study music in France. Living three years in Paris, David Gould studied at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in the class of Michel Arrignon and later at the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles in the class of Philippe Cuper. He serves as the Artist-Relations manager, product specialist and is the Director of the Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in midtown Manhattan for DANSR Inc.

About Salvador Brotons

                    Now in his 29th season leading the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Music Director and Conductor, musicians and classical music enthusiasts still delight in having Dr. Brotons lead them. Salvador Brotons was born in Barcelona into a family of musicians. He studied flute with his father and continued his musical studies at the Barcelona Music Conservatory where he earned advanced degrees in flute, composition and conducting. In 1985 he won a Fulbright scholarship and moved to the U.S., where he obtained a doctorate in music from Florida State University. In addition to the VSO, in Spain he has been the music director and conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears “Ciutat de Palma” (1997-2001, 2009-2013) and the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès (1997-2002) and is presently the conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band. In 2005, he received the “Arts Council” award by the Clark County and the city of Vancouver and the Kiwanis Rose Award. He has guest-conducted orchestras internationally in countries like the U.S., Israel, France, Germany, China, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, as well as the most prestigious Spanish orchestras.


22 February 2020


Millikin University Clarinet Day with VIP Stephanie Zelnick


Decatur, Illinois USA


Clarinet Day is a comprehensive, one-day festival for intermediate to advanced clarinetists and bass clarinetists of all ages.
This year’s guest artist was Dr. Stephanie Zelnick, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kansas and Principal Clarinet of the
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.

Events for participants included masterclasses with Dr. Zelnick and Dr. Cook, breakout classes with Millikin University students
and faculty, clarinet choir rehearsals, and exhibits for attendees to try clarinets and accessories (including Buffet Crampon, Vandoren,
and The Music Shoppe, Inc.). The closing concert is free and open to the public and will feature performances by Dr. Zelnick,
Millikin University clarinet students, and the combined clarinet choir featuring all participants.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the
Decatur Area Arts Council.


20 February 2020


Senior VIP and Bass Clarinetist and Soloist J Lawrie Bloom performs World Premiere of Ophelia’s Tears, Concertante Elegy, a new work by Nicolas Bacri, commissioned by Chicago Symphony's Music Director for Bloom  Riccardo Muti

Chicago, Illinois USA


Chicago Classical Review of this Concert












19 February 2020


Penn State Faculty Wind Quintet performs at the Buffet-Crampon New York Showroom - VIP Tony Costa, Clarinetist 


New York City USA






14 February 2020


VIP Gabor Varga Soloist Performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Great Hall of the Liszt Academy, with the Hungarian Radio Symphony, under the baton of Carlo Montanaro


Budapest, Hungary





15 - 16 February 2020

5th anniversary edition of Texas State Clarinet Fiesta - Vanguel Tangarov, Director,, with guest artists, clinicians, and colleagues: Mitchell Estrin, Dmitry Perevertailenko, Stephen Girko, Michael Tran (Vandoren), and Wolfgang Lohff (LP Winds USA) -

San Marcos, Texas USA






VIP and Solo Klarinetist in the Berliner Philharmoniker Andreas Ottensamer with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic (Turkey) - performing Weber Concerto no 1  Op 73 with their chief conductor Sascha Goetze


Istanbul, Turkey





10 February 2020


VIP Wonkak Kim Performs with Mirus Trio at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall


New York City USA









8 February 2020

Walter Boeykens Clarinet Days - with VIP Anneliene Van Wauwe as Soloist with the Orkest Van Het Oosten


Enschede, The Netherlands



6 February 2020


VIP Ludmilla Peterkova (Czech Republic)  Master Class and Recital at Troy University - VIP Timothy Phillips, Host


Troy, Alabama USA









2 February 2020


Michigan State University Clarinet Extravaganza - VIP Guy Yehuda, Director


East Lansing, Michigan USA









29 - 30 January and 1 February 2020


VIP Boris Allakhverdyan (Solo Clarinetist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic) Residency at Colorado State University - Dr Wesley Ferreira, Host  and Soloist with the Fort Collins Symphony


Fort Collins, Colorado USA





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