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WKA Summer Newsletter 2011 (August)


ICMC Music Festival - Shanghai - August 2011

ClarinetFest - Cal State University - 3 - 7 August 2011

Balkins in Gold Clarinet Competition - 21 - 25 September 2011

Clariarts Festival - Hartberg, Austria - 26 August - 4 September 2011

Mercadante International Clarinet Competition - Bari, Italy - 13 - 16 October 2011

Arosa Music Academy - Switzerland - 8 - 14 September 2011

Trio de Clarone - Perdue University - 26 January 2012

Lancelot Clarinet Competition - 3 - 10 March 2012

Dia Del Clarinetista Play Day - 13 August 2011

Rasaay Bass Clarinet Course - Scotland - 2 - 6 April 2012

Boston Clarinet day - 17 October 2011

Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival - Michigan State University - 1 - 2 October 2011

Troy Clarinet Day - 17 September 2011

ClarinetFest 2012 - 1 - 5 August 2012

Franklin Cohen as Soloist in Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto at Blossom Music Festival - 28 August 2011

Stanley Drucker performs Copland Concerto with Greenwich Symphony - 1 -2 October 2011

Berliner Philharmoniker Remix Competition - 11 August - 30 September 2011

Eddie Daniels Soloist with London Symphony 9 February 2012

Julia Heinen Recital at Olaf College - 25 September 2011


ICMC Music Festival - Information on program posted in

June-July Newsletter

1 - 9 August 2011 Clarinet Master Classes


East-West Musicfestival 2011
St. Pölten, Austria - June 19 - November 18 2011



 made her début as a soloist at the age of 14 in the Great Bulgaria Hall with the Sophia Philharmonic. Denitsa toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan and Middle East, playing as a soloist with the major European orchestras. She made her international debut at the age of 15 and at the age of 18 recorded her first solo CD with Mozart Clarinet Concerto. She was awarded Musician of the Year 2000 by the Bulgarian National Radio and In 2003 was given the scholarship for extraordinary musicianship of the Herbert von Karajan foundation in Vienna. In 2004 Denitsa was the youngest musician ever given the prestigious award of the Republic of Bulgaria for Outstanding Contribution to the Bulgarian Culture. Denitsa Laffchieva studied with some of the most significant living clarinettists, such as Peter Schmidl (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Petko Radev (Teatro della Scala di Milano), Andrew Marriner (London Symphony Orchestra). Since 2010 she is working as a Principal Clarinet with the Sinfonia Finlandia.
Denitsa made her debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London and in Carnegie Hall during 2009/2010.
"…Denitsa Laffchieva is an amazing clarinettist..." Gennady Rojdestvensky


In 1987 the Viennese violinist and artistic director Gernot Winischhofer founded the East-West-Musicfestival in Krems. Having moved to the city of St. Pölten a few years ago the festival presents again its master concerts as well as master courses. All participants have the chance to take part in the Beethoven competition, which will be held for the seventh time.

Every year first-class ensembles are obliged to enrich the cultural life of Lower Austria clearly. The resonance to these concerts was mostly overwhelming and enthusiastic and reflects the artistics aims of Gernot Winischhofer. He studied at the Vienna Music College and at the Tschaikowsky-Conservatory in Moscow under the Oistrach-student Valery Klimov. He obtained first class honours for both studies. After having spent years as first concertmaster with famous German orchestras, he decided to return to Vienna. Already before the fall of the Iron curtain he intended to use his contacts in eastern and western Europe to give those young eastern musicians, who he had met in course of his studies, the chance to play in west. As consequence he initiated a musical summer festival. The concept is successful: classical concerts with first-class artists, the performance of classic, romantic and contemporary music, as well as the organisation of international master classes.

From the beginning the founder Gernot Winischhofer had not only the organization of concerts in mind, but also the musical education of the young meant very much to him. So in 2011 the now 21st International Masterclasses will take place. International famous musicians put the finishing touch to the technique of young people, who have chosen music as their profession. But as well in classes for children the passion for music shall be mediated. He wants to widen the importance of musical education not only in school, but also in familiy because it can contribute essentially to the development of an "entire" person.

Press commentaries regarding the East-West-Musicfestival:

"...I would like to congratulate you to the very appreciative initiative of such a festival. Especially for our culture-political activities here in the United States information about Austria's part in new Europe are very welcome and useful..."
(The Austrian ambassador in Washington to LH. Dr. Pröll)

"...He belongs to the rare species of artists who organise a musicfestival on an entirely private basis and educate the rising generation within it..."
('Die Presse' on Gernot Winischhofer)

"...At the East-West-Musicfestival you always can encounter young artists with immense talent: this year that was so on two evenings. Everybody played with perfect technique, thrilling in interpretation and arrangement..."

From Artist VIP Eva Wasserman-Margolis - Clarinet faculty at this Festival

 I will be teaching this coming August with a wonderful group of teachers from Italy and other parts of the world. It is for families and for all levels of players. Please check out the web site. The area is beautiful with ferries in the same town that take you to the Amalfi coast and Capri. Prices are excellent with private lessons almost every day on your instrument!

If more information is needed, please e-mail me directly.

Eva Wasserman-Margolis 




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Tiziana Tornari

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Christian Saggese

Denis Citera


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Eugeniy Chevkenov 

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ClarinetFest® 2011

Los Angeles, California, USA
August 3-7, 2011

The International Clarinet Association warmly welcomes you to ClarinetFest® 2011 being held in Los Angeles, the “Creative Capitol of the World,” on August 3–7, 2011. Events will be at the new Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Northridge, located in the picturesque San Fernando Valley approximately 25 minutes northwest of downtown Los Angeles. This new state-of-the-art facility, which is scheduled to have its grand opening in January 2011, features a 1,700 seat, three-tiered opera-style main hall and an attached wing with a 178-seat theater. This new venue represents a long-standing dream of having a major performing arts center in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.

The campus features more than 3,000 air-conditioned dorm rooms which have many amenities, including two beautiful swimming pools for your enjoyment. The Warner Center Marriott is the designated conference hotel and is the most luxurious hotel in the Valley. Guests here will be treated to some of the finest restaurants in the area at both the hotel and across the street at the Topanga Canyon Promenade Mall.

Los Angeles is home to many fascinating tourist destinations, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, movie and television studios, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, and, of course, the beautiful Pacific ocean with something to delight any and all ClarinetFest® participants and their families.

Thanks to the generosity of Buffet Crampon, USA, Vandoren, Backun Musical Instruments and the Rico Corporation, our roster of outstanding artists will make ClarinetFest® 2011 an unforgettable experience.

Featured artists to date include Stanley Drucker, former principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic; Ricardo Morales of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Philippe Berroud, first solo clarinetist of the Paris Orchestra; Ivan Stolbov of the Mariinsky Orchestra of Kirov; Richie Hawlie & Ixi Chen of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Joaquin Valdepeñas of the Toronto Symphony; fabulous jazz legends Eddie Daniels and Andrew Firth; the Edmond Wells Quartet; Richard Haynes, clarinetist with the ELISION Ensemble; and Michele Zukovsky and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras.

ClarinetFest® 2011 will also highlight clarinetists of the Pacific rim, including outstanding musicians from China, Japan and Korea. From Latin America will be José Luis Ramos of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and Jorge Montilla of Venezuela. In addition, there wil be India’s Mount Everest of Clarinet, A.K.C. Natarajan, and Hindustani clarinetist Narasimhalu Vadavati will be making his first appearance at an I.C.A. event premiering a new work for Hindustani clarinet and Balinese gamelan.

A very special and exciting event at ClarinetFest® 2011 will be an evening of clarinet concertos at the Hollywood Bowl with the world famous Los Angeles Philharmonic. While we can’t yet give the details about this once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza, we do know that it will be one of the most distinctive highlights at one of the signature landmarks of Southern California.

We look forward to welcoming you to ClarinetFest® 2011!!

Julia Heinen, professor of clarinet at California State University, Northridge
William Powell, professor of clarinet at California Institute of the Arts
Co-Artistic Directors, ClarinetFest® 2011

ClarinetFest® 2011 is co-sponsored by California State University-Northridge, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication.

 Saturday 6th - Saturday 13th August 2011

New Wind Chamber Music Course - Malvern UK 2011

Sarah Watts, Director


NEW SUMMER COURSE for August 2011

INNER SOUND wind trio (Lynda Coffin - flute, Sarah Watts - clarinet and Laurence Perkins - bassoon) will be hosting  a one-week summer chamber music course - also called INNER SOUND - which will be based in the magnificent setting of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, which provided so much inspiration for the music of Sir Edward Elgar.

Here are the early essential details:

INNER SOUND - chamber music course for wind players (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn - minimum standard grade 5)
Saturday 6th - Saturday 13th August 2011, at Malvern College
Tutored chamber music sessions - groups organised according to playing level
Sessions to include works by Elgar, and French chamber music - main repertoire works will be sent out in advance for personal practice
Special sessions on relaxation, breathing, posture and dealing with performance stress
Superb en-suite accommodation - single occupancy, or shared room at reduced rate
Excellent food, fine concerts, beautiful local walks, swimming pool and gym
Single occupancy en-suite room and full board for 7 days: £675
Shared occupancy en-suite room and full board for 7 days: £625

There will be a website and more details quite soon, but if you would like to register an interest in this, please let me know and I will add your name to our mailing list and we will let you know when booking is open!

PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL to any other wind players who you think may be interested in this course. Many thanks!

Sarah Watts -



11 August - 30 September 2011

About the Competition

The musical focus of our competition is the music of Gustav Mahler. He was an Austrian composer born in 1860, an extraordinary conductor and a composer writing music that reflected his difficult childhood, his life and loves as well as his ever searching quest to understand the meaning of life. He wrote nine complete symphonies, and represented at the the turn of the century the cusp of the late romantic period as well as the breakaway to searching for new forms and means of expression. His First Symphony is devoted to expressing the connections between nature and the turbulences of life and love. He lived the latter part of his life in New York dying at the age of 51 in 1911.

Now in 2011, commemorating a hundred years since Mahler died, the Berliner Philharmoniker invite you to create your own remix of the sound tracks from the first movement of Symphony No.1 by Gustav Mahler, which we have uploaded on the site for you. You simply enter the SoundCloud site and upload your final remix by 30 September to the site.

Using the stems uploaded here, use some or parts thereof, as well as your own musical ideas on the subject and enter the Remix Contest_Berliner Philharmoniker.

All entries should be submitted by 30 September 2011. As a guideline, entries can be ca. 3-5 minutes long. The prizewinner will be announced and notified on 4 October. Entering the contest requires you however to first read the rules of the competition and agree to the conditions of entry.

Please read the rules and then agree by ticking the box under submit before uploading files!


The prizewinner receives:

  • One year's subscription to the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • A Pro Account for SoundCloud for one year.  
  • Public announcement and press on the website of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
  • Publication of the winning entry on the website of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

All entrants receive:

  • A free-24 hour ticket to the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker and will be notified as to the modus of logging in.

The Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the finest orchestras in the world. Led by Sir Simon Rattle it continuously receives worldwide acclaim for its performances and recordings. In addition it has an innovative and active educational programme linking many creative projects to the repertoire and performances by the orchestra.

Recently it has created a digital portal called the Digital Concert Hall inviting audiences around the world to receive and listen to live recordings or its archive via internet. The Digital Concert Hall has received numerous awards for its innovative design and conception. The Digital Remix Contest is presented by the Education Programme and the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker in cooperation with SoundCloud.

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17 - 24 August 2011

Clarinet and Klezmer in Galilee 

Giora Feidman, Artistic Director

Safed, Israel

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Giora Feidman
"We have one Torah, one shofar, one flag, and the expression of all that is the nigun, any nigun. It's not a song, it's an energy which results from an interpretation of the faith."




"Long live Giora, his clarinet and his music! He builds bridges between generations, cultures and classes, and he does it with perfect artistry!" Leonard Bernstein






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" Klezmer is an interpretation of art and life based not solely on Jewish folklore, but rather on a cosmopolitan divergence of musical genres" Giora Feidman 

Clarinet and Klezmer in Galilee

The clarinet and klezmer in Galilee master classes is the unique opportunity for klezmer musicians and teachers to gather in a breathtaking atmosphere and share tremendous musical klezmer experiences.

From all over the world talented students and renowned teachers are united in the informal and magic surroundings of the Galilee mountains to express themselves through the klezmer spirit and learn from different backgrounds and sensibilities.

This seminar was founded by the Maestro Giora Feidman who is nowadays the musical director and the soul of those unique master classes.

Throughout the week, the musicians play open air concerts and performances in the historical sites of the ancient city of Tsfat (Safed in Israel).

To participate to this exceptional event this summer (2011) please download the application form for the Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee August 17-24, 2011 Tsfat, Israel

Enjoy some of the great moments of the last edition.


Giora Feidman Plays Popular Klezmer Tunes

Giora Feidman gives the spiritual energy, the power, the soul and the inspiration of the klezmer, his clarinet sings the klezmer, he plays here three popular klezmer nigunim, "Mi Haish" (Who is the man), "Bless you" and "Ose Shalom". Mula Sajevich is accompanying on the accordion

Clarinet Klezmer The Policeman Azulay ballad By Nava Aminoff

Nava Aminoff is a renowned Israeli clarinet klezmer player. She is performing here a very famous song composed by Nurit Hirsh (lyrics by Ehud Manor) for the movie "The Policeman Azulay", by Efraim Kishon. It is a very emotive ballad beautifully interpreted by Nava. The song was recorded by Arik Nitsan during the opening ceremony of the 2009 Tsfat klezmer Festival. Nava is accompanied on the accordion by Roni Aminoff.

Der Terk In America Klezmer Festival

An astonishing performance of the classic klezmer tune "Der Terk in America" by Julien Petit, soprano saxophone, and Rémy Yulzari, double bass, members of the French "Trio Klezele".The "Terk In America" was originally recorded by Naftule Brandwein in 1924 and it is based on a popular Greek-Turkish melody named Uskudar. On the piano Mula Sajevich, Israeli composer and arranger. Recorded by Arik Nitsan during the seminar "Clarinet and Klezmer in Galilee" 2009, in Israel.

Brahms Goes To Budapest By Jozsef Balogh

Jozsef Balogh composed this brillant piece after the Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor. He called it " Brahms goes to Budapest". He is playing here in Tsfat, during the klezmer festival and he was one of the teacher of the seminar "Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee" in Israel, 2009.





















Saturday 13th August 2011

Lima, Peru

Clariperu wants to celebrate "The day of the Clarinetist" the 13th August, the birthday of Johann Christoph Denner, the inventor of the clarinet.

The idea is to PLAY anywhere and everywhere that day - to let everyone know how a clarinet sounds! Get together, organize a concert and celebrate the clarinet with your favorite music!

If you like the idea, please share it on the internet, and get ready to play this 13th of August!



August 26th - September 4th 2011, 2011


Hartberg, Austria ,


Clarinet Ensemble
The concept of our course with its specific areas of main emphasis listed in the booklet appealed to all participants last year and will be continued in the same way.With the ClariArte Course we really want to cover a wide area that comprises many aspects of the clarinet.

The ClariArts Competition is a particularly striking event in our festival. This competition’s concept is internationally unique and the audience, the judges and we, the professors, were excited and impressed with the level and the creativity of the participants. This year’s new category “Solo Clarinet” will additionally enrich our competition.

Wolfgang Meyer, judge in 2010 and internationally renowned soloist, felt that “ there is nothing comparable in the whole world”.

I would especially like to draw your attention to our “Clarinet Update” day. We’ve succeeded in upgrading this particular day of our event through interesting guests, lectures and discussions around various aspects of the clarinet.

From young talents to ambitious hobby musicians, from students to fully-fledged professional clarinet players, each one of you will be able to profit from this year’s ClariArte and will feel welcomed by us.

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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Blossom Music Festival with The Cleveland Orchestra

Carl Maria von Weber - 2nd Clarinet Concerto, Op 74 - Franklin Cohen, Soloist


James Feddeck leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a summer evening of showpieces — filled with engaging rhythms, expansive melodies, and entertaining beauty. 

Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen plays Carl Maria von Weber's engaging Clarinet Concerto No. 2.

At a Glance
BRITTEN - Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell
          (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra)
WEBER - Clarinet Concerto No. 2
BERNSTEIN - Three Dance Episodes, from On the Town
ELGAR - In the South

This concert is co-sponsored by
Ernst & Young LLP

Concert Details

James Feddeck, conductor

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Opus 34
(The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra)
by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, Opus 74
by Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
     1.  Allegro
     2.  Romanza: Andante
     3.  Alla polacca
with Franklin Cohen, clarinet


Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
     1.  The Great Lover
     2.  Lonely Town (Pas de deux)
     3.  Time Square

In the South, Opus 50
by Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

The concert will end at about 8: 30 p.m.

Parking at Blossom

Free parking is available for all Blossom Festival concerts.

LAWN TICKET HOLDERS park free on grass lots.  For each Blossom Festival concert, Blossom staff make every effort to allow patrons to park in paved lots.  On busy concert nights, however, Lawn ticket buyers and patrons without a parking pass may be directed to grass lots. 

PAVILION TICKET HOLDERS are eligible for a parking pass or hang tag for one of Blossom's paved lots.  However, tickets must be purchased in advance to receive one of these tags. 

Pavilion ticket holders who purchase tickets in advance 
automatically receive complimentary dated parking hang tags for Blossom’s paid parking lots C-D-E.  To receive these hang tags, your tickets must be purchased at least ten days prior to concert.

Blossom Festival season subscribers receive an undated parking pass for Subcriber Lot B, the lot closest to the pedestrian bridge.

Box Seat holders receive complimentary dated parking hang tags for Blossom’s paid parking lot, First Energy Lot A.  To receive these hang tags, your tickets must be purchased at least ten days prior to concert.

ONLINE PURCHASES — Parking passes are not currently available as a print-at-home ticket.  If you purchase on-line and use the print-at-home feature, you will not receive a parking hang tag in the email with your order.  However, if you purchase at least ten days prior to the concert, a hang tag will be mailed to you. 

UPGRADED PARKING — A limited number of dated Lot A parking passes may be available for sale at $15 per car per night. Please call the Severance Hall Ticket Office for availability and purchase. Allow ample time for US first-class postal delivery.  These parking passes cannot be purchased on-line or on the night of the concert.) 

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Parking spaces for patrons with disabilities and special needs are in Lots B and E.  A valid disability parking permit is required and must be displayed.  For further information, please contact Guest Services at 330-926-6068.

For more information about parking, please call the Severance Hall Ticket Office at 216-231-1111 or toll free at 800-686-1141 on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About the Music

Program Notes
Commentary and historical background about the music are printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts.  The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time.

Please check back for program notes to be posted.


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