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28 October 2007

John Bruce Yeh, Associate Solo Clarinetist in Chicago Symphony, performing Carl Maria von Weber's Concertino Op 26 and the Debussy Premiere Rhapsody with the Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra

Chicago, Illinois USA

       Chicago Symphony's Associate Solo Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, gave a remarkable performance with the Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, consisting of professionals and amateurs selected by audition only.  The program consisted of works of Claude Debussy - Premiere Rhapsody,  the Carl Maria von Weber Concertino Op 26, both performed by Mr Yeh, The Walton Crown Imperial, and the Elgar Enigma Variations.   Mr Yeh is in demand as a soloist and is involved in New Music and Chamber music activities outside his schedule at the Chicago Symphony.  


27 October 2007

Charles Neidich Soloist with the Alabama Symphony in the Copland Clarinet Concerto Performed 26 - 27 October 2007 and Master Class at University of Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama USA


             A landmark performance of the famous Clarinet Concerto of Aaron Copland was performed here on 2 evenings with super-star soloist Charles Neidich, performing the original version which predates the published one. This original version was more difficult, especially in the high register ranges which Benny Goodman deemed unplayable, hence the other version everyone plays.  Mr Neidich performed in top form playing this work memorized and seemingly without nerve or insecurity.  One couldn't ask for a more definative performannce.  A standing ovation roared as the piece ended.  As a soloist I can only consider that he is one of the top soloists alive on this instrument.     The Orchestra gave solid support and was flexible in lines and followed Mr Neidich with precision and soul.

Dr Gainey Class Introduction

Charles Neidich and Mike Getzin

             The following morning, Mr Neidich gave a 3 hour Master Class for students at the UAB School of Music hosted by Clarinet Professor Denise Gainey, who has held events before such as the UAB Clarinet Retreat held in March.  As a leading teacher in Birmingham, she had several students and more from the immediate area perform and be coached by Mr Neidich, covering fundamentals, especially understanding how overtones work on the Clarinet, and how to produce them to improve one's playing and voicing of one's tone quality. Other tips included how to hold the instrument and be less dependent on things like neck straps holding the horn rather than supporting it yourself, a problem with a few students.  Musicianship was emphasized and analyses were made about musical style and interpretation of repertoire, especially the Stravinsky 3 Pieces, Weber Concertino, and problems dealing with edited editions.    The affect of his coaching made changes almost immediate in several of the students. Information about the soloist contained below.

          Hailed by the New Yorker as " a master of his instrument and beyond a clarinetist”, Charles Neidich has been described as one of the most mesmerizing musicians performing before the public today. He regularly appears as soloist and as collaborator in chamber music programs with leading ensembles including the Saint Louis Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Juilliard, Guarneri, Brentano, American, Mendelssohn, Carmina, Colorado, and Cavani String Quartets. Mr. Neidich has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and is a sought after participant in many summer festivals around the world.

          Mr. Neidich is also an ardent exponent of modern music and has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Edison Denisov, Helmut Lachenmann, William Schuman, Ralph Shapey, Joan Tower, Katia Tchemberdji, Vasilii Lobanov and others. He has championed John Corigliano's Concerto, performing it throughout the United States- notably with the Syracuse and Jacksonville Symphonies in performances many have called definitive. His recordings are available on the Sony Classical, Sony Vivarte, Deutsche Grammophon, Musicmasters, Hyperion, and Bridge labels. For Aaron Copland's centennial, he released the world premiere recording of his reconstruction of the original version of Copland's Clarinet Concerto with “I Musici di Montreal” for the Chandos label.

           Mr. Neidich has turned his attention in a serious way to conducting, and has appeared with the Avanti Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki, the Kirishima Festival in Japan, with the New World and the San Diego Symphonies (in a triple role of conductor, soloist, and composer), and in Bulgaria with the Plovdiv State Philharmonic.


          Very active in education, Charles Neidich is on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Queens College of the City University of New York, the Manhattan School, and the Mannes College of Music, and has held visiting positions at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, the Yale School of Music, and Michigan State University. He is in demand for master classes and has devised innovative lecture concerts. With his wife, Ayako Oshima, he has published a book on the basics of clarinet technique for a Japanese publisher, TOA Ongaku Inc. Recently, Charles Neidich was the recipient of the William Schuman Award given by the Juilliard School for outstanding performance and scholarship.


21 October 2007

Clarinet Day at TBC

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Clarinet day Faculty

Jessica Phillips, Michael Norsworthy, and Tom Martin

Ian Greitzer in Master Class

Jon Cohler in Class session

Ian Greitzer and 2 Master Class Students

  Jonathan Cohler Master Class
Jessica Phillips Master Class session 

Tom Martin Master Class

Michael Norsworthy New Music Master Class

             A momentous inaugeral event convened at this respected Conservatory under Faculty Clarinetist Michael Norsworthy, one of the most respected performers and icons of New Music, having performed premieres of new works on a constant basis.  The day went by very quickly, with Master Classes from a stellar faculty of major players and teachers from Boston and New York.  Photo Galleries tell the story of their impact on students who performed under fast paced conditions in coaching and keeping up with the ideas told by the teachers.  Quality of students and participants attending was very high. Faculty included Director Michael Norsworthy, Jonathan Cohler from the Longy School of Music in Boston, Jessica Phillips, 2nd / Eb Clarinetist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, Tom Martin, Solo Clarinetist in the Boston Pops and 2nd / Eb in the Boston Symphony, and Ian Greitzer, Bass Clarinetist in the Boston Symphony. 

           Major Instrument makers and Accessory providers came to contribute to the success of this Day, and interest was high, as players had the opportunity to have tryouts of Clarinets, check accessories, reeds, mouthpieces, cases for reeds, Repair specialists were available to spot check and fix minor Clarinet problems, and new ideas were introduced that caught interest for all who came. 

Master Class Schedule

Recital Program

Faculty Recital with Jon Cohler, Michael Norsworthy, Jessica Phillips, and Tom Martin

             The above galleries have details about the programs, performers, Master Class activities, and Recital given by the Faculty today.  Of special note is that the Clarinet Day was dedicated to the memory of Boston Clarinetist and Teacher Julie Anne Vaverka, who died of Cancer 5 October.  Announcement was made by Director Mr Norsworthy, and many from this area had a special bond with this woman who had a profound influence on many Clarinetists and musicians here.

           The success of this Clarinet Day will surely anticipate another event next year and credit is due for the highly professional management of this event by Mike Norsworthy.


Harvey Hermann and Host William Blayney

DiLutis Class

13 - 14 October 2007

Buffet-Crampon/Vandoren 3rd Clarinet Choir Festival

Seattle, Washington USA

        Two years ago, Buffet-Crampon and Vandoren, under the management of Francois Kloc, Michael Skinner, and Director Mitchell Estrin as Director, launched this annual event with the purpose of making the Clarinet Choir movement in the USA energized with quality performances and proactive promotion of this medium.  This being the 3rd Festival, was a huge success in Seattle held at the Broadway Performance Center with 8 Guest ensembles from all over the country, and a Mass Clarinet Choir led by Meastro Harvey Hermann, one of the legend Directors who has been responsible for the transcription of hundreds of Orchestral works and has led ensembles from his home base at the University of Illinois at Champaign while he was on the Music faculty.  Over 300 participants came and performed, rehearsed, visited exhibits from Buffet and Vandoren, and had the opportunity to enjoy all the advantages of interaction.  Clarinet sales were high as players took advantage of availability of quality instruments displayed.  Troubleshooting and instrument repair was provided by Buffet and the event enjoyed National prominence by the heads of the companies being present. Admission for players was free like the previous 2 Festivals, indicating a high commitment to see success.

        Clinicians from Buffet and Vandoren included Jon Manasse from the NY City Ballet Orchestra, and Faculty at the Eastman School of Music, who performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto this weekend with the Seattle Symphony, and gave a major Master Class the first day of this Festival.  Host William Blayney and Director Mitchell Estrin led the program and ran a logistically smooth program making the event well organized and beneficial for all participants.

        More information is forthcoming along with photo galleries detailing the performing ensembles.  More information will later be posted on the Clarinet Choir News Page.



Joze Kotar, Primo Borali, Luis Carlos Badia,
Fabio Di Càsola, Antonio Tinelli, and the seven finalists of the Senior Competition prize winners of the Mercadante Competition who took place in Noci , Puglia South part of Italy,from the 11th till the 14 of October with fifty participants from  Georgia, USA, Austria, Bulgaria, South Korea, Italy, France, Belgium, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, Serbia, Monte Carlo and Greece

11 -14 October 2007

Mercandente Clarinet Competition

Bari, Italy

       Winners of the Mercadante Competition that took place in Noci, Puglia South part of Italy, from the 11th till the 14 of October
with fifty participants from  Georgia, USA, Austria, Bulgaria, South Korea, Italy, France, Belgium, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, Serbia, Monte Carlo and Greece.

-Category Junior : two second prizes ex-aequo to Gambardella Calogero (Italy) and Presti Calogero (Italy) and a third prize to Borghi Stefano (Italy);
-Chamber music : TRIO SOFIA (Justin O’Dell – clarinet, Borislava Iltcheva – violin, Akiko Konishi - piano)  from Bulgaria ,second prize to the HUNGARIAN CLARINET DUO (Unghery) Peter Szücs and Gabòr Galavics .They also won the prize from the Critic.

 Finalists of  the Category Senior :Galavics Gabor (Hungary), Horvath Gabor (Hungary)), Jahaziel Becerril Marin (Mexico), Kang Hyo-Jin (South Korea), Karalis Merkurius (Greece), Naglieri Michele (Italy), Schaked Gil (Israel).

1° prize :Karalis Merkurius from Greece
2°  prize :Shaked Gil from Israel
3° prize   :Jahaziel Becerril Marin from Mexico

The jury was :Fabio Di Cásola,Luis Carlos Badia,  Primo Borali ,Joze Kotar, Antonio Tinelli

Jury for the prize of the critic :

 Nicola Sbisà, Maurilio Manca e Nunzio Longo.

12 October 2007

Geneva, Switzerland

          The above Competition, held to Clarinetists every few years along with other rotating years for other instruments, is one of the most prestegious of world competitions with an International jury of artists judging the applicants.  Winning this Competition is an open door to a successful Solo career that soloists strive to attain.  Information and details are posted below and on the Official site linked above.. 

What is the Geneva Competition


The Geneva Competition is a private Foundation whose objective is to organize and operate an annual music competition in Geneva.

The Foundation is subsidized by the Geneva public authorities:

  • City of Geneva Cultural Affairs Department
  • Canton of Geneva Public Education Department, Cultural Affairs Service

The Geneva Competition Foundation is managed by a Board in which are represented its primary partners: the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Grand Théâtre of Geneva and Geneva Conservatory.

The Foundation has an Artistic Committee that selects the competition disciplines, the jury members and the programmes.

The Geneva Competition is also supported during the organization of the annual competition by the Association of Friends of the Geneva International Music Competition.

Finally, the Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General, is responsible for the running of the Competition.


             Clarinet Jury

Geneva International Music Competition 2007



62nd Geneva International Music Competition - October the 12th, 2007 



FIRST  PRIZE Non attributed    
SECOND PRIZE Shirley BRILL, Israel   brill80
THIRD PRIZE EX AEQUO Valentin URYUPIN, Russia  uryupin57
THIRD PRIZE EX-AEQUO Uriel VANCHESTEIN, Canada  vanchestein281
Canada  vanchestein281
Stanislav CHERNISHEV, Russia  chernyshev120
Balazs RUMY, Hungary  rumy177






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