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30 March 2013

Troy University (Alabama) Clarinet Day - VIP Dr Timothy Phillips, Director 

Troy, Alabama USA

Summary soon forthcoming

24 March 2013

Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Clarinet Master Class Residency and Concert with VIP Sabine Grofmeier - Dr Todd Waldecker, Director

Murfreesboro, Tennessee USA

Summary soon forthcoming


23 March 2013


Ohio University Clarinet Gala - Dr Rebecca Rischin, Director

Athens, Ohio USA

         On Saturday, March 23, 2013, Ohio University hosted its eleventh clarinet gala, a full day of clarinet events for all ages and interests, in collaboration with Flute Fest. Teachers, students, parents, amateurs, and professionals attended. In its second consecutive year was the Honors Clarinet Choir, featuring outstanding high school students selected competitively from all over Ohio, West Virginia, and Indiana. All events took place in Robert Glidden Hall, the School of Music, on the campus of Ohio University in Athens.


        The featured guest artist was Jane Carl, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She presented a wonderful master class featuring Ohio University students, and a fantastic recital with OU faculty pianists Youmee Kim and Gail Berenson as well as Jan Gippo, former piccolist of the Saint Louis Symphony, who was the special visiting artist for Flute Fest. The recital featured works by Rogerson, Guastavino, and Ewazen.

        In addition to Carl's recital and master class, the day included a master class with Rebecca Rischin, Professor of Clarinet at Ohio University, featuring students from the Honors Clarinet Choir, and a host recital featuring Rischin and Alison Brown Sincoff, Associate Professor of Flute, performing works by Boulanger, Kovacs, La Montaine, Mirco, and Muczynski. The Honors Clarinet Choir and Honors Flute Choir presented a super grand finale concert performing works by Via, Louke, Cohen, Bruckner, Mozart, Lennon/McCartney, and Shaw. Joining them for the last piece on the program was Carl, who performed Artie Shaw's Clarinet Concerto with clarinet choir accompaniment. Current Ohio University students and guests of the gala also participated in this last piece. The day ended with a big pizza party.


2 March 2013

Ensemble 54 Performance in New York with Paquito d'Rivera Premiere , VIP David Gould, Director

New York City USA

Summary soon forthcoming


2 March 2013

Tennessee Tech University Clarinet Day - Wonkak Kim, Director

Tennessee USA

Summary soon forthcoming



1 - 3 March 2013

Texas Clarinet Colloquium at Texas A & M University,  VIP Dr Mary Alice Druhan, Director

Commerce, Texas USA

Summary soon forthcoming


3 March 2013

College Park, Maryland USA


University of Maryland (College Park) Clarinet Day -  VIP Robert DiLutis, Director with Major Clarinet Guest Artists including VIP William Blayney (Seattle Symphony), Ralph Skiano (Richmond, Virginia Symphony), VIP Richard MacDowell (Retired from University of Austin (Texas)

Summary soon forthcoming



5 March 2013

VIP and Co-Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker Andreas Ottensamer awarded Exclusive Recording Contract with Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics

London, United Kingdom


London, March 2013. The charismatic 23-year-old Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer has entered an exclusive recording partnership with Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammophon, making him the first ever solo clarinettist to sign an exclusive agreement with the Yellow Label.

Acclaimed for the great depths of his playing, his musical versatility and stunning stage presence, Ottensamer has been widely recognized as one of the leading clarinettists of his generation.

His first album, PortraitsThe Clarinet Album, will be released this summer. Andreas has selected a programme of wide-ranging musical styles, with concertos from Copland and Spohr as centerpieces. From the operatic elegance of Cimarosa and the early-Romantic intensity of Spohr to the jazz inflections of Copland and Gershwin, Portraits shows the endless musical variety of the clarinet as much as its player. The album was recorded with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Mercury Classics, said: “Andreas is one of the most naturally musical characters I’ve ever met and a clarinettist with heart and soul. His dedication to the quality of music-making, as soloist, chamber musician or as orchestral musician, is truly inspiring. I am very excited to welcome him to the label and convinced that with his passion and drive, he will champion the clarinet on new grounds.”

Andreas Ottensamer said: “Having the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary team is a great privilege. It is very exciting to be accompanied by these prestigious labels from such an early stage on. I’m looking forward to everything to come.”

The beauty of tone and distinct musicality over a wide range of styles have won extensive critical plaudits for Andreas Ottensamer. Sybill Mahlke wrote in Der Tagesspiegel of his “limitless dynamic range . . . he plays with a vitality that pushes boundaries.” NRC Handelsblad said: “Andreas Ottensamer melts with his clarinet . . . he is an ‘Übersolist’ and a phenomenon.” Rebecca Schmid wrote for “Solo clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer played with particular finesse . . . and a touch of melancholy.” As principal clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer has played with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin from July 2010 to February 2011 and with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Born in 1989, Ottensamer comes from an Austro-Hungarian family of musicians and was drawn to music early, receiving his first piano lessons when he was four. At the age of ten he began studying cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, then changed to the clarinet under Johann Hindler in 2003.

Ottensamer gained his first orchestral experience as a deputy player in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic and as a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. In 2009 he interrupted his liberal arts studies at Harvard University to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In March and May 2013 Andreas Ottensamer will be touring Korea and Japan, playing repertoire from his debut album.


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