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The German Higher Education System


       With the prevailing problems evident in the US College system with astronomic tuition rates, as high as $50,000 per year, and multiply this for 4 years for a Bachelors degree, then adding another $100,000 for a Masters degree, plus Living expenses. and the luring of students to take college loans and result in college debt that may never be repaid,the government will not excuse a student loan default, and with the government cuts in funding and worse, why should American students go to school in the US?   For music majors, with no tangible future beyond graduation here, It is in the hands of students to decide and take the initiative.  In noting the successes of American students for Orchestral positions and winning International Competitions, it is a sad commentary to see that very few Americans win Internationally, and why?  Possibly that they get 2nd rate professional training, or/and they are so financially strapped that they cannot afford to compete?  There are numerous Musik  Hochshulen  (Conservatories) offering high standard programs along with schools outside of Germany, notably the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria,  (Wenzel Fuchs, Professor,  the Sibelius Conservatory in Helsinki, Finland, Harri Maki, Professor,     Learning the language is important (Check but courses are taught in English.   For more  information about the German programs, check   Tel: 212 758 3223

A sampling of German Musik schools include the following:

Many of the great schools include :

Musikhochule Lubeck  (Sabine Meyer, Reiner Wehle, Professors)

Musikhochshule Karlsruhe  (Wolfgang Meyer, Professor)

Musikhochule Hans Eisler Berlin (Shirley Brill, Professor)

Berlin Philharmonic Karajan Orchestra Academy (Wenzel Fuchs)

and many more listed above


April 2018 Newsletter


VIP John Bruce Yeh and composer Jim Stephenson on Cedille's Classical Chicago Podcast!

New Classical Chicago Podcast!
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Don't miss John Bruce Yeh and
Jim Stephenson on Cedille's
Classical Chicago Podcast!

The latest episode of Classical Chicago features an interview with Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and Chicago composer Jim Stephenson. Take a listen to learn more about the wide-ranging repertoire on their upcoming album, Liquid Melancholy — Clarinet Music of James M Stephenson,  the recording process, and their longtime friendship that led to the album's creation. Happy listening! 
Pre-order Liquid Melancholy today! All CDs and downloads ship April 13.
Click HERE to pre-order Liquid Melancholy — all CDs & downloads ship April 13!
Cedille Chicago is dedicated to producing classical recordings of the highest quality featuring outstanding musicians from Chicago. Our purpose is to enhance the world's catalog of recorded music by sharing these artists’ explorations of new and under-represented compositions and documenting their important interpretations of standard repertoire in uniquely innovative programs. The extensive dissemination of these recordings is designed to bring our artists to a worldwide audience — thus enhancing their reputations and careers — and to benefit as great a listening public as possible.



Starting April 2018


From VIP and Academy Director Kazuo Fujii

We will also recruit students from April this year.
I used the same lesson system as I used to study in New York.
It changes dramatically in 1 Because there is a lesson for yīn dà for 1 years. It is not too much to say that I have spent ten years in this. But basically, we are fully responding to the needs of the students.
Would you like to spend a day with a clarinet?
Please contact me if you are interested.



1 April 2018

International Competition for Instrumentalists and Singers

NEW INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for instrumentalists and vocalists to receive $15,000 in prizes and perform with orchestra next season!!! The deadline for applications is April 1. For more info and to apply, please go to:


1 - 6 April 2018

Milan Concorso "Duo di Clarinetti" with VIP Shirley Brill, VIP Luigi Magistrelli, Host

Milan, Italy

4 - 7 April 2018

On Stage Clarinets


3 - 7 April 2018

Academia Ibero-Americana Do Clarinete


5- 6 April 2018

VIP Shirley Brill gives Masterclasses at the Milan Conservatory - VIP Luigi Magistrelli, Host

Milan, Italy

6 - 10 April 2018



7 April 2018

Iowa Clarinet Day at Drake University - VIP Jorge Montilla, Director, with VIP Charles Neidich

For just one day …

…some of the finest clarinetists in the country will come to perform, teach, and meet with musicians right here in Iowa. This is the perfect chance to hear some beautiful music, improve your playing, and get to know clarinetists from all over the region.

What goes on?

There will be masterclasses on how to improve your solo and ensemble performance, concerts by regionally- and nationally-known clarinetists, and a final performance by Charles Neidich from Juilliard School. There will also be vendors including Vandoren and Tenor Madness featuring their equipment for you to try out. Lots of exciting things for clarinetists of any level!

Be sure to register now for this exciting day. It's just $35 for an entire day of clarinet fun.

Hotel Accommodations


Daniel Friberg
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony
Cynthia Krenzel
Central College
Amanda McCandless
University of Northern Iowa
Jorge Montilla
University of Iowa
Gregory Oakes
Iowa State University
Clarence Padilla
Drake University
Dana Sloter
Drake University
Jeremy Wohletz
Dickinson State University





7 April 2018

Millersville University (Pennsylvania) Single Reed Day - VIP Christy Banks, Director


7 April 2018

Iowa Clarinet Day at Drake University with VIP Charles Neidich

Des Moines, Iowa


7 April 2018

VIP Richie Hawley (former Solo Clarinetist in the Cincinnati Symphony) and Professor at the Shepard School of Music at Rice University (Houston, Texas) Recital at the Buffet New York Showroom

7 April 2018

Buffet Clarinet Festival - University of Oregon - VIP Wonkak Kim, Director

Eugene, Oregon

8 April 2018

American Chamber Ensemble Chamber Concert at Hofstra University

Hempstead, Long Island, New York

The Music Department of Hofstra University presents ACE at the University’s Monroe Lecture Center Theater.

Bernstein and Brahms – Celebrating 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein – Brahms Clarinet Trio and other works by Leonard Bernstein, with special guest, clarinetist Senior VIP Stanley Drucker. Pre-concert Q & A with Stanley Drucker: his years in the Philharmonic with Bernstein at 2:30 p.m.

Performers will be core members of the American Chamber Ensemble with guest clarinetist Stanley Drucker.

Location: Hofstra University’s Monroe Lecture Center Theater on California Avenue, Hempstead.

Tickets at Hofstra University Box Office – $20 general admission; $15 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. For ticket information, call 516-463-6644 or visit here.

8 April 2018

3rd Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition at University of Maryland

Clarinet Competition - Finals April 8, 2018 during the University Clarinet Day

 VIP John DiLutis, Director

                  Commemorating the significant influence of the renowned artist-teacher, Sidney Forrest (1918–2013), who taught clarinet to hundreds of students nationally and internationally while teaching at the Peabody Conservatory for 40 years, Interlochen Center for the Arts for 45 years, and the Catholic University of America for 50 years

                Location and Eligibility

               This competition will be held at the University of Maryland Clarinet Symposium at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD on April 8, 2018. Clarinetists in high school or high school graduates who have not yet attended college are eligible to participate.


Grand Prize $750
2nd Prize: $250
3rd Prize: 5 boxes of DiLutis Clarinet Reeds
​All finalists will earn certificates.

​           Application Package Deadline – January 14, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
           Application Package – Application Form, Fee–$25, YouTube Video Recording (Qualifying Solo)


Qualifying Solo – Capriccio for Solo Clarinet by Heinrich Sutermeister (unaccompanied for A or Bb clarinet acceptable)
Final Round Solo – Five Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi (accompanied)


           The Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition was established in 2015 by Paula Forrest, in memory of her father. Ms. Forrest lives in Ames, Iowa and is active as a pianist, teacher, and artistic director of the Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association.

           The competition will be hosted by the University of Maryland’s Clarinet Professor, Robert DiLutis, as a major event during Clarinet Symposium on April 8, 2018, on the University of Maryland campus.

           Sidney Forrest’s vast collection of music for clarinet has been donated to the library of the International Clarinet Association, located in the Music Department’s Special Collections Library at the University of Maryland. We look forward to the collection being available shortly.

About Sidney Forrest

          Born in 1918, Sidney Forrest was awarded a scholarship at a young age from the New York Philharmonic to study with its renowned solo clarinetist, Simeon Bellison.  He subsequently studied with Bellison at the Juilliard School, and also attended the University of Miami and Columbia University. In addition to Bellison, he studied with Alexander Williams, principal clarinetist of the NBC Symphony under Toscanini and Otto Conrad, principal clarinetist of Berlin Philharmonic.
         Mr. Forrest began his professional performing career in Washington, DC, as clarinet soloist with the prestigious United States Marine Band (the President's own) through the entirety of World War II.  Immediately afterwards, at age 26, he became principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra, professor of clarinet at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and established an enviable career as an acclaimed clarinet soloist and chamber artist.  Among his numerous recordings, his landmark renditions of Berg's Four Pieces, Weber's Gran Duo Concertante, Hindemith's Sonata and Mozart's Quintet in A major (with the Galimir String Quartet), and the Brahms Trio (with Bernard Greenhouse and Erno Balogh) are still highly prized.

       As a highly respected teacher, Sidney Forrest was most notably professor of clarinet at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University from 1946 to 1985.  And for 45 summers (1959–2004) he was a member of the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.  He also taught for 50 years at the Catholic University of America, and  served on the faculty of American University.  As evidence of his success, his former students have taken major orchestral positions in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Baltimore, Memphis, Stuttgart, London, and Paris.

        Numerous solo and chamber performances took place at such venues as the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, and the National Gallery in Washington, as well as many other places throughout the country.  One very special occasion was when he performed Copland's landmark Clarinet Concerto with the composer as conductor, at the Pan American Union in Washington.

      Mr. Forrest was also a respected clinician/adjudicator, judging and presenting master classes throughout this country and in Canada, and serving as a juror for the United States Fulbright Commission.  He published numerous arrangements of music for the clarinet, and regularly contributed of articles for various woodwind journals. He was actively teaching until his death just before his 95th birthday.


11 - 12 April 2018

Gervasio Tarragona Master Class and Concerts

Panama City, Panama

11 -14 April 2018

Frankfurt Musik Messe

Frankfurt am Main, Germany


11 - 15 April 2018

Pomeranian Clarinet Festival

Szczecin, Poland


13 - 14 April 2018

Master Class with Nuno Silva

Obidos, Italy

15 April 2018

Cardiff Clarinet Convention - VIP Leslie Craven, Director

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Location: Cardiff University School of Music, Corbett Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EB

A full day of playing for individuals and established groups. Performance opportunities for groups as part of the day. Expert help from Charles Hine (British Clarinet Ensemble), Leslie Craven (principal clarinet, Welsh National Opera) and Peter Fielding (exprincipal bass clarinet, WNO).
Plus: trade exhibition including Vandoren, D'addario, Henri Selmer & John Packer
£30 Adults, £25 CASSGB members, £20 established groups per member, £15 students, free for Cardiff University students

For more information click here


15 April 2018

VIPs Pavel and Anna Vinnitsky Chamber Concert

Verus Real Estate/ Дом в Нью-Йорке
346 west 72nd Street, New York, New York 10069

New York City


Please join us for a unique opportunity to hear two distinguished NY City-based musicians perform a concert of classical and klezmer music for clarinet and piano.

The program includes compositions by Poulenc, Piazzolla, Bassi, Schumann, arrangements of traditional Klezmer is music as well as the world premier of Anna Vinnitsky’s newly composed Klezmer Rhapsody for piano solo “The tales my grandma never told me”.

Dr. Jesse Krebs from Truman State University

17 April 2018

Midwest ClariFest at the University of Nebraska - VIP Diane Barger, Director

Lincoln, Nebraska

Midwest ClariFest is hosted by Dr. Diane Barger, Hixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet, and is an outreach mission of the Glenn Korff School of Music’s Clarinet Studio, serving a community of state and regional clarinetists from junior high through college age, as well as teachers and band directors. Celebrating its 21st year, Midwest ClariFest 2018 features guest artist Dr. Jesse Krebs from Truman State University. Various clarinet-related activities are featured, including:
* a morning kick-off recital
* master class sessions
* Informal discussions
* Performances by area clarinetists in the final Potpourri Recital







17 - 20 April 2018

Dmitri Ashkenazy Clarinet Competition

Grenchen, Switzerland

International Clarinet Competition «Dimitri Ashkenazy»

Ort: Parktheater Grenchen & Kirche St. Eusebius
Datum: Dienstag 17. April - Freitag 20. April 2018
Startgeld: CHF 200

Dimitri Ashkenazy (Switzerland/Iceland)
International Soloist

Julian Bliss (England)
International Soloist

Fredrik Fors (Norway)
Co-Principal Clarinet of the Oslo Philharmonic

Chen Halevi (Israel)
International Soloist

Rita Karin Meier (Switzerland)
Principal Clarinet of the Philharmonia Zürich (Orchestra of the Opera Zurich)

I. Neukomposition von Urs Joseph Flury (Uraufführung, Auftragskomposition der IMG 2018, Spieldauer ca. 7 ½ Minuten).

II. Eines der folgenden Werke:
a) Claude Debussy, Première Rhapsodie (Editions Durand, Spieldauer ca. 9 Minuten)
b) Darius Milhaud, Duo Concertant (Heugel & Cie, Spieldauer ca. 8 Minuten)
c) Leonard Bernstein, Sonata (Boosey & Hawkes, Spieldauer ca. 11 Minuten)
d) Witold Lutoslawski, Dance Preludes (Chester Music, Spieldauer ca. 11 Minuten)

III. Werk nach freier Wahl ohne Begleitung (Spieldauer max. 7 ½ Minuten). Werke mit einer längeren Spieldauer müssen entsprechend gekürzt werden.

HALBFINAL (mit Klavier, 6 Teilnehmer)
I. Gioacchino Rossini, Introduktion, Thema und Variationen für Klarinette (Sikorski Verlag, Spieldauer ca. 13 Minuten)

II. Robert Schumann, Drei Romanzen Op. 94 (G. Henle Verlag, Spieldauer ca. 12 Minuten)

FINALE (mit Sinfonieorchester)
Carl Maria von Weber, Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester Nr. 1
Carl Maria von Weber, Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester Nr. 2

1. Rang CHF 7’000 in bar & Konzertengagement für die Classical-Gala vom 28.09.2018 im KKL Luzern.
2. Rang CHF 5’000 in bar
3. Rang CHF 3’000 in bar

Anmeldung: Bis 31. Dezember 2017
Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 30 Solisten begrenzt. Bei mehr als 30 Anmeldungen entscheidet der Veranstalter über die Zulassung. Die Anmeldung hat mit dem Originalformular zu erfolgen! Sie kann auch per E-Mail zugestellt werden.



12 April 2018

University of Delaware Clarinet Day -  Dr Christopher Nichols, Director

Newcastle, Delaware


16 - 17 April 2018

Jose V Herrera Romero Clarinet Course

De Cuenca, Italy

18 April 2018

Sacha Rattle performs Bruch and Mozart


18 - 20 April 2018


19 - 21 April 2018

VIP Alessandro Carbonare Master Class

Firenzi, Italy

21 April 2018

Senior VIP Franklin Cohen, VIP Diana Cohen, and VIP Roman Rabinovich Chamber Concert at the University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa


Mark Bernat & Friends

Join us for a special Family Weekend concert Saturday, April 21st at 7:30 that will feature the works of Janacek, Brahms, and Schubert with Mark Bernat and Friends! The Mark Bernat and Friends concert series is part of Red Barn Chamber Music

Performers include:

Diana Cohen-violin
Franklin Cohen-clarinet
Roman Rabinovich-piano
Matthew Cohen-viola
Oliver Herbert-cello
Mark Bernat double bass

Musical Program:

Janacek - In the mists for piano

Brahms - clarinet trio for piano, clarinet and cello Op 114

Schubert - Trout Quintet for piano,violin,viola,cello and double bass

This program is free to attend and open to the public.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Old Capitol Museum in advance at (319) 335-0546.

Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Old Capitol Museum, Senate Chamber
1 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa

21 April 2018

WA Concert Series with VIP Charles Neidich and Friends

Schubert's Masterpiece

Apr 21, 7:00 PM 43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011, USA

Join us for a rare evening with the The Smithsonian Chamber Players perfoming Schubert's magistral Octet in F - Major D 803 on period instruments.   


The Smithsonian Chamber Players

Vera Beths and Cynthia Roberts - violins Steven Dann - viola Kenneth Slowik - cello Anthony Manzo - bass

 Charles Neidich - clarinet Andrew Schwartz - bassoon

 William Purvis - horn


A Reception Will Follow 


Ayako Oshima, our Chef Extraordinaire has prepared a feast of culinary delights and spirits for your enjoyment as you get to meet and greet the performers! 

Apr 21, 7:00 PM

Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011, USA

To make a tax-deductible donation to WA Concert Series by mail, please download the online form HERE


Contributions to WA Concert Series at  Tenri Cultural Institute of New York  are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tenri Cultural Institute of New York is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the performing arts community.


21 April 2018

Music for Peace: Chamber Music Boston with VIP Jonathan Cohler and Friends

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jonathan Cohler, clarinet
James Buswell, violin
Sebastian Baverstam, cello
Rasa Vitkauskaite, piano


Bruch, Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83
Beethoven, Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
Stravinsky, Suite from L’Histoire du Soldat
Bartok, Contrasts

In the final concert of our 2017- 2018 Music for Peace series, Boston’s newest chamber music ensemble, Chamber Music Boston, perform works for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, including Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio, Op. 11, Bartok’s Contrasts, and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat.

Musicians will also present interesting historical introductions to each work on the program making it an exciting evening for all!

Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music for Peace Series. Single concert: seats $25 in advance for Mass. Peace Action members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students, $35 at the door. Series of 3 concerts: member $65, non-member $80, student $25.

To reserve, write a check to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund” and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call 617-354-2169 with credit card number. Or reserve seats online for the single concert or purchase online for the entire series.

Donations to support our work for peace are needed in any amount. Supporters donate $250 or more to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; they receive two tickets with preferred seating in the first 3 rows to a series of 3 concerts and recognition in the programs. Sponsors donate $500 and receive four tickets to the series; Benefactors donate $1,000 and receive eight tickets to the series.

The audience is invited to join the musicians and Peace Action members at a reception after the concert.


21- 23 April 2018

21- 22 April 2018

International Music Masterclass Fest Music 2018 with Gaotano Falzerano, Professor at the Salerno Conservatory

Bracigliano, Italy

22 April 2018

The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (MYO) - VIP Anthony McGill, Director

Port Washington, Long Island, New York

Clarinet Day 2018
MYO Clarinet Day 2018


The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York (MYO) is proud to present our first Clarinet Day on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY. Clarinet Day is open to clarinetists of all ages and levels from Long Island and the Tri-State Area.

Join us for masterclasses led by Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, and Bass Clarinetist, Composer, and Arranger Michael Lowenstern. The masterclasses are free to audit. Clarinetists interested in performing in one of the masterclasses must submit a pre-screening recording and a non-refundable $25 application fee. Clarinetists ages 8-18 will be given priority during the masterclass application process as MYO is a youth music training program.

The day will also include an opportunity to participate in a Clarinet Choir conducted by Dr. Levana Cohen. There is no charge to participate in the Clarinet Choir.

Please fill out this form in its entirety to participate in MYO’s 2018 Clarinet Day.

Clarinet Day and Masterclass Application Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018
Masterclass Decisions and Notification by Email: Monday, April 9, 2018

Register for Clarinet Day

2018 Clarinet Day Schedule

The 2018 Clarinet Day Schedule is subject to change.

2018 Clarinet Day Sponsors Include:
Wright Music

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22 April 2018

VIP Robert Spring Performs new work written for him with the Seattle Wind Symphony

Shoreline, Washington


23 April 2018

Nicolai Pfeffer Romantic Kammermusik

Cologne, Germany


24 April 2018 - 2 PM

VIP Celeste Zewald (co-principal clarinet of the ‘philharmonie zuidnederland’) and Professor at the Utrecht Conservatory  Master Class

Mc Cann Hall: DIT Conservatory
of Music Chatham Row
The Netherlands



                           Céleste Zewald is a clarinettist whose versatility encompasses a broad range of musical styles.
                          She has been co-principal clarinet of the ‘philharmonie zuidnederland’ since 2002, while also pursuing her passionate commitment to chamber music. As a member of numerous chamber ensembles, she has performed throughout the Netherlands and around the world. As a teacher I work at several Music conservatorium in the Holland. In these schools I teach Clarinet in the Bachelor and in the Master’s Programme, Chamber Music and Pedagogy. I also give masterclasses and summer schools, in Holland and abroad. In my lessons I try to prepare the students in an open way for their. I’m a dedicated teacher who is interested in the development of the student as a clarinettist as well as in the person that becomes the musician. I believe an artist can only be formed in an environment of respect, with patience and without too much tension in the atmosphere of the lesson. I try to teach every student to be a very good teacher for him/herself so he or she can be an independent clarinettist.
Marcella Barz (Carter: Gra)
Dina Ryan (Poulenc Sonata)
Aisling Reilly (Weber Concertino)
James Middleton (Brahms Sonata No.2)

Piano: Celine Byrne and Edward Holly

28 April 2018

VIP Simon Rietmaier Chamber Concert

Vienna, Austria


22 April 2018

Harold Wright Merit Award Competition with the Boston Woodwind Society

Harold Wright was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania and began playing the clarinet at age twelve. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal clarinetist, Ralph McLane, and chamber music with that orchestra's principal oboist, Marcel Tabuteau.
Upon graduating from Curtis, Mr. Wright joined the Houston Symphony and a year later became principal clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony. For many summers he participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and the Casals Festival Orchestra and was a frequent guest artist with the Lincoln Center Chamber Concerts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the chamber music concerts at the 92nd Street "Y" in New York. He also appeared frequently with such leading string quartets as the Budapest, Guarneri, Vermeer, and Juilliard. In 1970 he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal clarinet and taught at New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Tanglewood Music Center until his untimely death in August 1993. He has left a legacy of memorable recordings.


25 - 27 April 2018

VIP and Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker Wenzel Fuchs Soloist performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622

Berlin, Germany

Alan Gilbert and Wenzel Fuchs perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto





Mozart was a great fan of the then still new clarinet. He composed a splendid concerto, his last work in that genre, for this instrument, whose tone closely resembles the sound of the human voice. The performers in this concert are Alan Gilbert and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s principal clarinet Wenzel Fuchs. The programme also includes Thomas Ades’s highly original Three Studies from Couperin and Debussy’s shimmering Images pour orchestre.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Alan Gilbert conductor

Wenzel Fuchs clarinet

Thomas Adès

Three Studies from Couperin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K. 622

Wenzel Fuchs clarinet

Claude Debussy

Images pour orchestre

Dates and Tickets

sales information

Wed, 25 Apr 2018, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie E

25 to 76 € Sale begins 04 Mar 2018, online 8 a.m., phone and box office 11 a.m. (Europe/Berlin)

Thu, 26 Apr 2018, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie I

25 to 76 € Sale begins 04 Mar 2018, online 8 a.m., phone and box office 11 a.m. (Europe/Berlin)

Fri, 27 Apr 2018, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie L

25 to 76 € Sale begins 04 Mar 2018, online 8 a.m., phone and box office 11 a.m. (Europe/Berlin)

Live in the Digital Concert Hall go to broadcast


Since his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2006, Alan Gilbert’s guest appearances have displayed a wide repertoire spectrum, ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, to Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Leoš Janáček and Béla Bartók to Magnus Lindberg and John Adams. But there is method behind what looks at first glance like a piecemeal approach: “In this way I could try out quite different aspects of the orchestra”, the conductor revealed.

This season, Gilbert, who held the position of music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2009 until summer 2017, presents yet another of his musical facets to Berlin audiences – with Thomas Adès’ Three Studies from Couperin and Claude Debussy’s Images pour orchestre. What both pieces have in common is that they were inspired by existing music: Adès has orchestrated three harpsichord pieces by the French Baroque master François Couperin in a new, original way, while in his triptych Images, Debussy created three musical landscapes and mood pictures of England, France and Spain from folk dances and folk melodies. The appeal of the composition lies in the fact that Debussy, with his own iridescent musical language, created an absolutely authentic, yet at the same atmospherically heightened vision in sound of the three nations.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on the other hand, was inspired to write one of his most beautiful concertos not by pre-existing music, but by the mesmerising playing of an instrumental virtuoso: the Clarinet Concerto in A major, which captivates listeners by its clarity of form, its intimate, song-like themes and its playful brilliance. Mozart wrote the concerto for his friend Anton Stadler, whose command of the then still relatively new instrument was second to none: as one critic enthusiastically wrote, “I have never heard the like of what you contrived with your instrument. I would not have thought that a clarinet could imitate the human voice so deceptively as you imitate it. Your instrument is so soft, so delicate in tone that no-one who has a heart can resist it.” The same can also be said of the soloist of this programme: Wenzel Fuchs, principal clarinet of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1993, received his training in Vienna and has the softness and flexibility of tone which make his playing comparable to the expressive possibilities of the human voice.


Alan Gilbert (photo: Chris Lee)


28 March 2018

VIP Eddy Vanoosthuyse performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Lumen Symphonicum

Ghent, Belgium

29 April 2018

United Kingdom


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