Click on WKA Logo to return to Home Page


To access all News and Newsletter Pages, click:      


Summer  (August) Newsletter 2010

Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy 2010 - 2 - 7 August - Northern Florida University, Jacksonville

International Master Classes at Ostrava University- Czech Republic - 22 - 29 August 2010

Clarinet & Klezmer in the Galillee - Safed, Israel - 2 - 9 August 2010

Montevideo Clarinet Festival - 1 - 7 August 2010 - Uruguay

Mercadante International Clarinet Competition - 14 - 17 October 2010 - Bari, Italy

Clarinet Summer School - Liverpool UK - 30 July - 2 August 2010

ClarinetFest 2011 - Cal State University, California - 3 - 7 August

Dima Int Music Competition - Romania - 7 - 11 February 2011

Oklahoma Symposium - 16 - 18 June 2011

Vandoren-Buffet Clarinet Ensemble Festival - UCLA - 6 - 7 November 2010

Boston Conservatory Clarinet Day - 17 October 2010

Cornucopia - Northern Illinois University - 29 January 2011

ALERT:  Memorial Service to be held to honor the life of recently passed away Professor David Etheridge of the University of Oklahoma Sunday, 12 September at the Catlett Music Center, Information on August and Autumn Newsletter. 

  • Please join us for a memorial service to celebrate David’s life.  We will gather together on Sunday, September 12  at 1:30 in Sharp Hall in Catlett Music Center on the University of Oklahoma campus.  There will be a reception immediately following the service in Gothic Hall.  We hope you can attend.


    If you would like to speak a few words of remembrance at the memorial service or would like someone to read a brief item you have prepared, please contact Cheryl at or 405-360-2749.


    Photographs are welcome and will be displayed at the service.  Please send to Cheryl at 345 Stafford Square, Norman, OK 73072


    Present and past clarinet students are invited to play in the Clarinet Choir for the service.  Please contact Christina Giacona and she will send you music and include the rehearsal times.  We realize many of you are out of town so

    a rehearsal will be planned either Sunday morning or perhaps Saturday if you are able to arrive by then.  Her e-mail is


    If you are coming from out of town I would like to suggest that you make hotel  reservations as soon as possible as there is an O.U. football game on the 11th and the hotels fill quickly.  I have reserved 7 doubles and 3 kings at La Quinta under Etheridge Memorial if you wish to use these 405-570-4000.


    In lieu of flowers, gifts in Dave’s memory may be sent to The David Etheridge Clarinet Scholarship at the OU Foundation, 100 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019


30 July - 2 August 2010

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Andrew Roberts, Director

The Clarinet Web Site





Summer School

Consultations and Teaching

The Clarinet Overhaul Service


For Sale




Family News

The Clarinet Summer School 2010 is moving to Penny Lane- well opposite!

Friday 30th July - Monday 2nd August 2010

Penny Lane sign

Despite waiting until the last minute for a positive outcome, it is unfortunate that Liverpool Hope University are unable to host The Clarinet Summer School in 2010 due to their major new developments and refurbishments. We hope to be able to use their new facilities in the future.

We are delighted to announce a change of venue for 2010 to The University of Liverpool’s Derby & Rathbone Halls of Residence, just opposite Liverpool’s famous Penny Lane. This year we are able to offer the cheapest course ever!

A refreshing approach is planned for the course and we look forward to welcoming both new and past students to this beautiful area of Liverpool for a fascinating way to improve your clarinet playing and enjoyment of music.

A minimum standard of Grade 7 is advised and students should be able to play some movements from the repertoire list (listed in the schedule) for the course to a reasonable standard. As the purpose of the course is to help you improve, the pieces need not be of performance standard, or, we would be left with little to do for you!

Wolfgang LohffThe proposed tutors on this year course include Andrew Roberts (course director), Caroline Smith (accompanist), Wolfgang Lohff (instrument specialist) and Peter Glenville, who will conduct the clarinet ensemble.

Caroline Smith will be on hand with her experience as a voice coach, who as well as being a very experienced accompanist, will help bring the best out of your performance, working together to discover the vital role communication plays in music.

Wolfgang Lohff has been an integral part of this course for many years, and is recognised as one of the foremost wind instrument specialists. He has worked as a consultant for Buffet and other instrument manufacturers. He runs a highly successful woodwind repair business in Denmark with his partner, Birgit Pfeiffer, supplying instruments to many of the top professional players around the world.

Clarinet choirPeter Glenville was a student himself on The Clarinet Summer School in its very first year. He is now teaching clarinet at Keele University and for Derbyshire County Council. He returns to The Clarinet Summer School to conduct the clarinet choir, for which an informal concert is being planned - details will be announced shortly.

Sessions will cover the most important aspects of learning to play the clarinet and will help you take your communication of music to a higher level. Understanding how your instrument can work for you, or against you, makes an enormous impact on your enjoyment and progress.

Download the draft advanced schedule   Word   PDF

The Basics - often overlooked!

Do you have air escaping from your mouth when you play? Is your tonguing too slow?

Many players find that they need some very specific help with their embouchure and articulation, which will all be covered in the classes and workshops. You will take away a lot of information to help you in the future, so don’t forget to bring a notepad or recording device.

Reeds & Mouthpieces

During the course sessions you can find out which mouthpiece choice is right for you, and most importantly how to balance your reed. To get you started check out this link

This simple advice only needs practice before anyone can make the most of any commercial reeds. It will save you money and you will discover that sometimes it might not be your fault when things aren’t working well!

The majority of clarinet players still don’t work on their reeds successfully. You can get a real advantage in your playing by always having a good reed!

Tone Production

Performance classes will take place in the Hall at the Derby & Rathbone Halls, which is an excellent space in which to learn to project your sound. You will have great advice on how achieve the sound you have always wanted. You maybe surprised as to how that may sound like to you, a bit like your voice on a recording. Learning from other people’s perception of your sound is one of the best ways to work out what it is that you need to do to achieve this, especially in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Inspirational and fun advice on the subject of air speed, a subject few will have come across, will amaze you at how little we really need to work to produce sound.

Performance techniques

Sessions on presentation and relaxed playing will aim to improve your performance and reduce the nerves that so often affect our enjoyment and achievements.

There will be some time for chamber music, why not bring some of your clarinet music along to try out?

Learning from other performances plays a vital role in our development as musicians. In previous years, the CD listening session became a firm favourite with everyone. A chance to hear the many voices the clarinet and other instruments can have and to help develop your own musical voice.


Learning to play in tune with others is a vital part of developing musicianship which can often be overlooked. Advice from the tutors will help to make you more aware and able to improve this important aspect of playing.


Classes on avoiding injury prove invaluable as it is all too easy to find it simply too uncomfortable to practise for any length of time, limiting your progress.

Manufacturers still put the thumbrest too low on their instruments, so perhaps take advantage of the onsite repair service and have your instrument adjusted if needed?

ClarinetsRepairs & Instruments

Wolfgang Lohff is the best person to give you surprising and important information on clarinets. He can check your clarinet on a machine which can tell you how much energy you are wasting. You will be amazed how much easier it is to play on a clarinet that is airtight. Wolfgang will also have a range of customised instruments and other accessories including mouthpieces for you to try and aspire to.

You can also visit The Clarinet Overhaul Service’s workshop so that you can see just how much is possible with your own instrument.


Derby & Rathbone Halls are situated in the suburbs of south Liverpool, in beautiful grounds, but close to shops and local transport. It has easy access from the city centre John Lennon Airport and is 2 miles form the end of the M62 motorway.

Derby - the groundsAccommodation is all en-suite rooms on a bed & breakfast basis, although catering facilities may become available nearer to the course. Being situated near to two lovely parks, Greenbank and Sefton, and with many restaurants within a 5 minutes walk of the accommodation buildings, there is plenty of choice in types and prices. This is one of the few music courses to offer the luxury of single rooms with private facilities.

Greenbank Sports Academy is a 5 minute walk from the residential block and next to the University’s own canteen. It has an outdoor eating area and bar serving tea and coffee as well as a good value food. It will be possible to book meals in advance and you can see their menu from the link below.

QuadrangleGreenbank park

A Tesco Express is just 5 minute walk from the Halls. A regular bus route runs from the front of the Halls to the town centre and local shopping district, so you can explore the exciting and vibrant city of Liverpool, or just do some shopping in Liverpool One centre.

Having listened to the feedback on previous years there will be a more relaxed timetable to enjoy the surroundings and absorb the things you have discovered. Longer lunch and tea breaks will give you time to perhaps sample the many restaurants in the area.

A list of other local restaurants is at the end of the schedule.

The Clarinet Summer School is open to your suggestions and requests and we always try to meet reasonable request for assistance. If you would like to see something included on the course do please let us know. Some 1-2-1 time may be available but will be limited this year.

Course Fees

Ł280    Inclusive of all tuition - B&B accommodation in single occupancy en suite rooms
Ł190    Non residential rate not inclusive of meals
Ł50     Daily course rate + Ł40 per night accommodation B&B (if required)

Please can you help us?

Click here to open the advert for The Clarinet Summer School 2010 and if you can print it and put in your school or music department it would help us to spread the word about the course. Or you can simply forward the advert via email to any clarinet players you know. Thanks for looking and supporting The Clarinet Summer School.

Download application form

Word document     Pdf format

Past students have enjoyed previous courses, here is what they have to say...

“Andrew, I have finally have a few minutes since returning home to send a short email to you regarding the Summer School. I can't thank you enough for a wonderful week of meeting new people and focusing in on clarinet specific issues in a way that I have never experienced before.
“I have taken away a great deal of knowledge and information which has increased my clarinet-playing skills incredibly. I can hear a substantial difference in my sound compared to how I played before attending the course.
“Thanks again for a wonderful experience and I look forward to being able to attend another Summer School whenever you end up putting one on again.”

Brad Gresham
Campbellville, Ontario, Canada

“I attended The Clarinet Summer School in 2000. Then, I had some fundamental embouchure and technical problems. Now I am training with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The course speaks for itself- START SAVING.”
Ciaran O’Donnel
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Many thanks to the organisers of the 2004 Clarinet Summer School, which once again provided us all with a wonderful week of clarinet-related activities and opportunities!
I can't emphasise enough how much I have learnt from attending this course - the tutors do their utmost to enable everyone to achieve their full potential, and are unfailingly friendly and approachable.
The 'masterclass' format which was used in at least one session every day gave us all the chance to play to and listen to others, and to absorb a great deal of valuable information - even if we may not have realised it at the time!
The 'one-to-one' sessions, when we were given the opportunity to book some individual time with the tutors, were always extremely helpful, and I feel that in this respect the tutors actually go well above and beyond the call of duty - individual tuition at no extra cost does not generally feature on any other music courses I've been on!
One of the week's highlights for me was our clarinet choir's performance in the foyer of the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on the final evening of the course, which gave a welcome focus to our ensemble efforts. It's only now when I come to write about it that I realise how full our days actually were. Although nothing was compulsory, most people were keen to attend all the sessions available, including a film and talk about clarinet production (a real eye-opener!), a talk on clarinet-related health issues, a demonstration of the principles of the Alexander Technique, a CD listening session comparing different playing styles and an inspirational tutors' concert.
I'd recommend this course highly to anyone who has an interest in the clarinet - I shall certainly be back next year for more!
Joanna Brown


1 - 7 August 2010

Montevideo, Uruguay


Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy 

2 - 7 August 2010

University of North Florida in Jacksonville



Buffet Crampon USA is pleased to announce the Artist Faculty line-up for the 2010

Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy.  This year’s Academy features another

all-star group made up of some of the finest clarinetists in the world!

 The 2010 Artist Faculty includes Stanley Drucker (Principal Clarinet (retired),

New York Philharmonic), Jonathan Gunn (Associate Principal/E-flat Clarinet, Cincinnati Symphony

Orchestra), Ixi Chen (Principal Second Clarinet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Daniel Gilbert

(Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan) and André Moisan (Montreal Symphony


 The 2010 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy will be held August 2-7,

2010 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  Audition materials and more

information will be posted on our website soon—keep checking back!


2 - 9 August 2010

Safed, Israel - Giora Feidman, Artistic Director


  • 22nd of August – 29th of August 2010

The International Masterclasses - Clarinet and Saxophone (2010)

The University of Ostrava’s Faculty of Fine Arts presents
9th International Masterclasses for Clarinet and Saxophone



  • 22nd of August – 29th of August 2010

Dear Clarinet and Saxophone players,

We would like to invite you to the 9th annual summer master classes at the University of Ostrava from 22nd – 29th of August 2010. Ostrava is the 3rd biggest city in the Czech Republic, located in North Moravia, 300 kilometers east of Prague. This course will give you the opportunity to work very intensively with excellent players and teachers. During one week you will have at least 6 individual lessons! This is a big difference compared to other similar courses, where you have seldom more than two lessons. Besides studying your repertoire and new pieces, you could work with us for example on developing your tone quality, speed of staccato, good breathing or to learn several new techniques (slap tongue, double staccato, circular breathing etc). You could listen also to lessons of other students (usually we have about 45 students, aged from 16 to 50, mostly advanced and medium advanced). There will be three first class pianists, professional repair of clarinets and classrooms for practising available for you during the whole course. As in previous years, we have interesting seminars on various topics. We are also planning 2 concerts by participants at the Czech radio studios in Ostrava, from which you will get a professional recording. Don’t hesitate to contact us and to ask for more information, or visit our webpage with more information about this and previous years, including pictures and recordings.

See you in Ostrava!
Karel Dohnal and Igor Františák


  • Individual lesson – 360 €
    (the price includes all lessons and accommodation)


Application Form:

The deadline for the application is the 21st of June, 2010.

Application address:

  • Ostravská univerzita – Fakulta umění (kurzy)
    Sokolská 17
    702 00 Ostrava
    Czech Republic

The fee must be paid by the 21st of June, 2010 to the following bank account:

  • Česká národní banka Ostrava
  • Account No.: 931761/0710
  • IBAN: CZ 650710 0000 0000 0093 1761

NOTE: Please mark all payments with the name of the participant.

For detailed information send an e-mail to:


Sylvie Hue (France) - Clarinet

Sylvie Hue First soloist of the Orchestra of the Republican Guard of Paris, Sylvie HUE has pursued parallel studies in literature at the University of Paris XII and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. A student of G. Deplus and Christian Lardé, she obtained a unanimous First Prize in clarinet in 1987 and two First Prizes in chamber music in 1988. She also received a degree in modern literature in the same year. First Prize in the International Competition of Clarinet in Japan in 1988, laureate of the International Competition in Prague in 1991, she has performed in recitals and with orchestras in France and abroad. Concertos and chamber music pieces have been dedicated to her by renowned composers: Pierre Ancelin, Francine Aubin, Roger Boutry, Armando Ghidoni, Richard Phillips, and more. Equally active as a teacher, she is a tutor at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory of the City of Paris and gives masterclasses at the Julian Menendez academy in Spain. Eminent musicians recognize in Sylvie Hue an artist in possession of a proven technique and an exceptional sonority which conveys a great sensibility in her playing. The critics acknowledge her as "one of our best clarinetists."(J. Bonnaure, from Répertoire journal). Sylvie Hue plays a Selmer clarinet and uses Vandoren reeds and mouthpiece.

Music preview:

József Balogh (Hungary) - Clarinet

József Balogh Clarinetist, composer, teacher, and member of the highly regarded InterClarinet ensemble, Mr. Balogh is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He has been the principal clarinetist in a number of leading orchestras, including the Budapest Opera Orchestra and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the clarinet, he plays the saxophone and the Hungarian national instrument, the "tarogato". Somewhat unusual in today's world, he plays both the German and French system clarinets with equal fluency, and has a repertoire encompassing classical, jazz, contemporary, klezmer and gipsy music. In his unique compositions and improvisations, he combines Hungarian and Middle Eastern musical influences to create a highly personal style. "Hagada Klezmer Symphony: Four Glasses of Wine," was premiered in 2004. Jozsef Balogh is a prizewinner of national and international competitions (Prague, Graz and Budapest). In addition to performing at prestigious clarinet conventions and conferences around the world, he has given recitals and masterclasses in Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, England, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy, and the United States. He has also served as a guest professor at the universities of Oklahoma, North Texas and Idaho State in the US, and the Hochschule für Music Nürnberg-Augsburg in Germany. He can be heard on numerous recordings for the Naxos Label as well as on two highly acclaimed CDs with the InterClarinet ensemble, both of which feature some of his own works for clarinet quintet. His latest radio broadcasts include being featured as "Musician of the Week" by Bartók Radio, Hungary's arts station.

Jorge Montilla (Venezuela) - Clarinet

Jorge Montilla Jorge Montilla is considered one of the best clarinetists in Latin-America and one of the world’s finest E-flat clarinet players. Jorge Montilla holds a Bachelor degree in Clarinet Performance from the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales, (Venezuela) a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance and an Artist Diploma both from Indiana University. (USA) Mr. Montilla’s clarinet teachers have included Filippo Rutigliano, Mark Friedman, Valdemar Rodríguez and Luis Rossi in his native Venezuela, as well as studies abroad with Michel Lethiec, Kalman Berkes, Harmen de Boer, Antony Pay, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Jonathan Cohler, Ricardo Morales and Howard Klug. He has appeared as a soloist with the most important Venezuelan orchestras and the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra. He has given recitals at major venues in Venezuela as well as in the USA, Martinique, France, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, China and Brazil together with leading important soloists and chamber music groups. As a member of the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, Mr. Montilla has concertized extensively throughout the world (South America, Europe, Asia and the USA); he has recorded two CDs (the second featuring Paquito D’Rivera), and his many pieces for the CCQ have made him one of the pre-eminent composers/arrangers for clarinet ensemble today. As a teacher, he has taught clarinet at Arizona State University and he has been Chairman of the Clarinet Department at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music. He has also given masterclasses, clinics and workshops for major universities and music conservatories in Colombia, Chile, Barbados, St. Lucia, the USA, Puerto Rico, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic and Brazil. Winner of the Indiana University Woodwind Competition, 2000, the Travel Grant Competition, (2001) the Performer’s Certificate (Indiana University’s highest award for a performer), semifinalist of the Concert Artist Guild (2001), and winner of both the Fifth and Seventh Competitions of Music of Latin America and Spain (2002 and 2004). At present, he is Professor at the Latin-American Clarinet Academy of Venezuela, Assistant Principal Clarinet of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and a member the Clarinet Trio Zephir, the Latin American Ensemble Taku and the Woodwind Quintet Maslanka. In addition, Jorge Montilla is a columnist for the International Clarinet Association’s magazine "The Clarinet" and maintains a hectic international career as a soloist and as a clinician. Jorge Montilla represents Rossi Clarinets, Rico Reeds and BG Ligatures. His compositions and arrangements are published by Woodwindiana Editions, USA.

Music preview:

Ronald Šebesta (Slovakia) - Clarinet

Ronald Šebesta Ronald Šebesta studied clarinet at the Conservatory and Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava (Slovakia). During his studies at the Academy he completed an 8-months course at the Conservatoire de Région in Boulogne (F). Since 1993 he has been 1st clarinetist of the in Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava. Since 1996 he has played 1st clarinet in the chamber orchestra Cappella Istropolitana. He has co-founded several groups of chamber music: in 1988 the VENI ensemble for contemporary music; in 1997 the chamber group OPERA APERTA for 19th and 20th century music; in 1995 the experimental group VAPORI del CUORE, resp. in 2004 experimental group; and in 2004 the LOTZ trio of 18th century basset horns. He also gives occasional solo performances with Slovak symphony orchestras. Since 2002 has been a teacher at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava.

Arkadiusz Adamski (Poland) - Clarinet

Arkadiusz Adamski Arkadiusz Adamski received his Master's of Music degree from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, in the clarinet class run by Professor A. Janicki While still a student he entered and succeeded in many national and international music competitions. He won First Place Award in the National Chamber Music Competition in 1983 in the duo category, and in 1985 he was the winner of the K. Kurpinski Second International Clarinet Competition. Mr. Adamski attended many international master classes (in Germany, France and Poland) and as a recipient of the State Scholarship he continued to improve his clarinet skills under Professor J. Schou in Denmark. In 1985 he began to collaborate with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra and two years later he became a Principal with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic. Since 1993 he has been the Principal in the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and he has also been the Principal in the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra since 2000. He has performed as a soloist as well as an active chamber musician with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the Byelorussia National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonietta Cracovia, and many others. In 2007 was invited as a recital performer to the International Clarinetfest in Vancouver. He has made many recordings for Polish Radio and TV broadcasting stations and also for the BBC. Since 2001 he has been a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

Karel Dohnal (Czech Republic) - Clarinet

Karel Dohnal Mr. Dohnal studied at Ostrava Conservatory in the class of Petr Bohouš. After graduating from the Academy of Performing Arts (with Vlastimil Mareš), in years 1996-1997, he attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Thea King and Julian Farrall. In 1999, he spent three months in residency at the State Conservatory of Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg with V. Bezrutchenko and in 2003-2004 he studied at the Hochshule für Musik in Berlin with Francois Benda. He has successfully participated in many international competitions: 2004 "Premio Valentino Bucchi" Rome (1st Prize), 2002 Prague Spring (3rd Prize), 2001 XIV. International Music Competition "Pacem in terris" Bayreuth (2nd Prize), 1999 International Clarinet Competition Ostende, Belgium (1st Prize), 1997 VII. International Clarinet Competition Dos Hermanas, Seville, Spain (3rd Prize). During his career up to now, he has given concerts not only in the Czech Republic, but also in many countries in Europe and the USA. He has performed concertos by Francaix, Nielsen, Copland, Penderecki and other composers with orchestras including the Prague Philharmonia, the Czech Chamber Orchestra, the Talich Chamber Orchestra, and the Belgrade Philharmonic. Mr. Dohnal is also a regular performer of chamber music. He is a member of the Prague Clarinet Quartet and the Amadeus Trio. He intensively studies and performs the music of the second half of 20th century. He plays on Rico Reserve reeds and Selmer Recital clarinets.

Music preview:

  • Karel Dohnal / clarinet, Václava Černohorská / piano:
    R. Kókai - Four Hungarian Dances / Friss
  • Karel Dohnal / clarinet:
    T. Oláh - Sonata for Clarinet solo

Igor Františák (Czech Republic) - Clarinet

Igor Františák After graduating from the Ostrava Conservatoire, where he studied from 1989 to 1995, Igor Františák continued in his studies at the Department of Art and Education of the University of Ostrava under the instruction of senior lecturer Valter Vítek. In 2001 Igor studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music under the tutelage of Prof. Hans Christian Braein. As a soloist Igor has performed repeatedly with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Musici Boemi, the Janáček Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Janáček, the Ameropa Ensemble, the Wihan Quartet, the Talich Quartet, the Wallinger Quartet and others. In addition to performing as a soloist at recitals, Igor is a member of a number of chamber ensembles. He is a founder of the Stadler Clarinet Quartet and the Moravia Ensemble, who have recorded a CD for Slovart. This ensemble won 1st Prize at the International Music Competition "Marco Fiorindo" 2002 (Chamber Music) in Italy. Recently Igor has applied himself to the study and performance of classical music from the second half of the twentieth century. He has been invited repeatedly to participate in the Ostrava Days international festival of contemporary music. Igor is currently teaching at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Ostrava.

Music preview:

  • Igor Františák / clarinet, Eliška Novotná / piano:
    B. Martinů - Sonatina fot Clarinet and Piano / Moderato
  • Igor Františák, Z. Kaleta - clarinets, Janáček Chamber Orchestra:
    G. Ph. Teleman - Concerto for 2 Clarinets and Strings / Allegro

Zbigniew Kaleta (Poland) - Saxophone

Zbigniew Kaleta Graduated with distinction from Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava (clarinet) in 1995, the University of Ostrava (clarinet class of Valter Vítek) in 1999, and the Academy of Music in Katowice (with Andrzej Janicki) in 2001 on a Polish Government scholarship. He also graduated from the Institute for Jazz and Pop Music of the Academy of Music in Katowice (saxophone class of Jerzy Główczewski) in 2004. Prize winner of many national and international music competitions. Since 1997 he has been the first clarinetist of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. He has toured with this ensemble in Europe and other continents, and has recorded for the Polish Radio and foreign record companies. As a soloist he has appeared with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, the Silesian Philharmonic, the NPRSO, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Janáček Chamber Orchestra, Impuls Chamber Orchestra (Poland), the University Chamber Orchestra and the Silesian String Quartet. From 1994-97 he was the first clarinetist of the Stadler Clarinet Quartet in Ostrava. He appears also in other chamber ensembles as well as jazz bands including the Big Ostrava Band. Since 2005 he has taught the saxophone class at the Leoš Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, and since 2006 he has taught clarinet at Academy of Music in Katowice.

Philippe Portejoie (France) - Saxophone

Philippe Portejoie He is a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and has been sponsored since 1990 by the Selmer Company. In 1990, he won first prize in chamber music at the international competition of U.F.A.M. Mr. Portejoie received the Médaille d'Or de Saxophone at the CNR de Nantes under the tutelage of Jean-Pierre Magnac. He received the second prize in the Concours National d'Aix-les-Bains in 1980. In 1982 he received the C.A. de Saxophone and first prize of the CNSM de Paris with Daniel Deffayet. In 1986 he received a diploma in arranging and in 1987 first prize for composition at the Concours National de Jazz a la Défense. He played first alto in the Claude Bolling Orchestra and has performed with such renowned jazz artists as Roger Guerin, Stéphane Grapelli, Didier Lockwood, Martial Solal, Kenny Clark, Phil Woods and Jon Faddis.

Music preview:


Special thanks:

Special thanks to the Rico, Selmer, Vandoren, Spedidam, Statutory City of Ostrava, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Czech Radio Ostrava, Visegrad fund and Clar service.

logo logo
logo logo logo logo logo logo

Message Owner: Mgr. Igor Františák, Ph.D. | Updated: 21. 01. 2010

© University of Ostrava 2006 - 2010
Ostravská univerzita v Ostravě, Dvořákova 7, 701 03 Ostrava 1, Czech Republic
telefon: 597 091 111, 738 511 111, e-mail: infoosucz

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | RSS | Technical Contact


Copyright © 1999 All rights reserved.
Revised: August 28, 2010