Hot News January 2006
250th Anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2006 marks this special anniversary commemorating this legend composer. Of interest to Clarinetists, many
performances of his music are slated to be performed as part of this special year. Below are Mozart Concerto
performances by noted artists as will be updated as they come about. There are several resource sites covering this
year of celebration including:
Celebration of the Salzbach
Steinway & Sons Mozart Resources
The London Mozart Players, conducted by Andrew Parrot, performed this as a series of programs commemorating the
250th Mozart Celebrations.
The highlight of the weekend so far was Michael Collins' sterling performance of the Clarinet Concerto, K622.
It is one of Mozart's final pieces, and is a masterpiece of the highest order, even for him. The first movement had a joie de vivre
about it that drew smiles from the whole audience. Collins' eager communication with the conductor allowed exciting risk-taking
that drove the musicians' virtuosity to the limit. Lyricism and exquisite phrasing characterised the second movement, whilst the
third combined cheekiness, technical finesse and a synchronization of purpose between orchestra, soloist and conductor.
January 30. 2006
250th anniversary of composer's birth.
21 January 2006
The Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra performed with Celeste Zewald the familiar K622 Clarinet Concerto, the 2nd
project performance this January as part of the 250th celebration of his musical contribution. Four performances were
programmed and still scheduled. Performances have sold out. Zewald is a high visibility soloist and Chamber musician
and is member of many ensembles as indicated on her website. As recently as July 2005 she performed recital at the
ClarinetFest in Tokyo, Japan as a stellar soloist.
20 January 2006
International Music Academy of Milano, Italy
As part of its annual event directed by Luigi Magistrelli, Professor at the above Conservatory, esteemed artist
from the Berlin Philharmonic Karl Leister gave 2 days of Master Classes and on 18 January performed Mozart's
K622 with the
Milano Classica orchestra conducted by Massimiliano Caldi.
at the Liberty Palace.
The performance was really fantastic and the audience asked him an encore.
He repeated the slow movement.
At the end of the Adagio Leister was moved and also the audience was!
Mr Leister is in great demand across Europe and Asia. In 2005 he gave a Master Class Tour to 6 USA Universities.
7 January 2006
Luigi Magistrelli and sister Laura perform the Hoffmeister Concertante for 2 clarinets
and orchestra with the Magenta Orchestra conducted by Alberto Malazzi
Luigi Magistrelli and sister Laura performed the Hoffmeister Concertante for 2 clarinets
and orchestra with the Magenta Orchestra conducted by Alberto Malazzi on January 7th.
The Magenta Symphony Orchestra has an official concert season including classical
and romantic repertory. In the up coming season there will be some Salieri and Mozart compositions.
The members of this orchestra are players coming from the most important orchestras of Milano. Its
principal conductor, Alberto Malazzi is co-choir conductor at the La Scala Orchestra in Milano.
Luigi Magistrelli was born in S. Stefano Ticino, near Milan, Italy .He studied clarinet at the
Conservatory of Milan with Prof. Primo Borali and attended some Master classes with D. Kloecker,
K. Leister and Giuseppe Garbarino. He has performed as soloist with the Orchestras of
”Pomeriggi musicali”, ”Angelicum”, “Teatro Litta” and Radio of Milan. He has also performed
with many chamber groups (from duo with piano to large ensembles also of contemporary music).
He played for one year as principal clarinet with Sanremo Symphony Orchestra and as extra
player with the orchestras of Pomeriggi Musicali, Angelicum, “Gaspare da Salò”, “Cantelli”,
Radio Orchestras of Milan and Turin, “Orchester der Jahrhunderte” in Germany and Moldova
Radio Symphony and many others. He has participated in tours with the International Orchestra
of Italy. Currently he is principal clarinet at the” Milano Classica “Chamber Orchestra He has won
some prizes at the Competitions of Genoa and Stresa. He has performed in the principal cities of
Italy and also in Swizerland, Malta, Austria, Belgium, ex Yugoslavia, France, Africa (National Theatre of
Nairobi), India, Germany, Finland, Israel , Mexico, South Korea, U.S.A and in duo with the pianist Sumiko
Hojo in the Czech Republic, China and Japan . He has recorded 30 CD’s of chamber music and as soloist
for “Pongo Classica” , “Bayer Records” , “Nuova Era”, “Stradivarius”, “Arta Records” (on early clarinets) ,
“ASV”, ”Clarinet Classics” ,”Leonarda”, “MDG gold” and ” Orfeo” with the well known clarinetist Dieter
Kloecker, with the Orchestra “La Scala Philharmonic” conducted by R. Muti for “Sony Classical” and
with “Milano Classica Orchestra” for “Dynamic”. He has recorded also two Mozart CD’s for
“Camerata Tokyo” with Prof. Karl Leister, well known solo clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic
for 34 years. He has recorded for the Italian Radio and BBC of London. He edited unknown clarinet
works for “Eufonia”, “Accolade”, ”Trio Musik”, “Poco Nota Verlag” and “Musica Rara”. He is the
chairman for Italy of the International Clarinet Association and has performed in many world clarinet
congresses .He held Master classes in Italy, China, Israel, South Korea, Mexico and USA. He has a
personal clarinet collection of more than 130 instruments of any kind. He is Professor of Clarinet at the
Conservatory of Milano.
Laura Magistrelli, sister of Luigi, is the principal clarinet at the Cantelli Orchestra of Milano
and clarinet Professor at the Brescia Conservatory. She has won some important competitions and
performed as soloist with different orchestras and recorded CDs for Chandos, Bayer Records etc.
She played under Claudio Abbado with the Mahler Jungend Orchestra and made tours in Austria,
Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey and ex Yugoslavia and the USA. She is a
clarinet teacher at the Brescia Conservatory.