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February 2017 Newsletter


1 - 19 February 2017

Berliner Philharmoniker Wind Quintet USA Tour - VIP Walter Seyfarth, Klarinettist

Hey, Hey, U S A !! Here we come again, for another concert tour! 28 years together and America can't seem to get enough of us! ...

01-Feb-17 Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music, Nashville TN

03-Feb-17 New England Conservatory of Music, Jordan Hall, Boston MA

05-Feb-17 University of Louisville, Comstock Hall, Louisville KY

06-Feb-17 Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester NY

07-Feb-17 Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Shaker Heights, Cleveland OH

08-Feb-17 Ensemble Music Society, Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis IN

10-Feb-17 Melbourne Chamber Music Society, Melbourne FL

12-Feb-17 Asheville Chamber Music Society, Diana Wortham Theater, Ashville NC

14-Feb-17 Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo NY

16-Feb-17 University of Nevada, Nightingale Concert Hall, Reno NV

17-Feb-17 Brigham Young University, Madsen Hall, Provo, UT

19-Feb-17 Stanford University, Bing hall, Stanford CA


4 - 5 February 2017

University of Alabama (UAB) 15th Clarinet Day with VIP's Richard Stoltzman and Daniel Gilbert - Dr Denise Gainey, Director

Birmingham, Alabama

           The UAB Department of Music, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (in conjunction with Richard Stoltzman’s performance with the ASO ‘American Festival’ series), and Backun Musical Services are proud to present the 15th Annual UAB Clarinet Symposium on Febrary 4-5, 2017, with special guest artists, world-renowned soloist and recording artist Richard Stoltzman, Backun Artist, VIP Daniel Gilbert (University of Michigan), and Morrie Backun of Backun Musical Services. Several other professional clarinetists from the region will join us as well for a weekend filled with recitals, master classes, clinics, clarinet choirs, and opportunities to try instruments and equipment with our wonderful vendors, Backun Musical Services, D’Addario Woodwinds, Art’s Music, and Lohff and Pfeiffer. Registration prior to February 3rd will include a ticket to attend Mr. Stoltman’s performance with the Alabama Symphony on Saturday evening, February 4th, and lunch for both Saturday and Sunday. All participants will perform in the final clarinet choirs recital at the beautiful Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts. This is an event for clarinetists of all ages and abilities. For more information, contact Dr. Denise Gainey at (205) 975-0558, or Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with some of the greatest performers and teachers in the country, including the legendary Richard Stoltzman!


5 - 6 February 2017 - Application Deadline: 4 January 2017

Douil-la-Barre, France

6 February 2017

Leshnoff Clarinet Concerto with VIP Ricardo Morales with the Frost Wind Ensemble at The University of Miami

Miami, Florida

Leshnoff Clarinet Concerto with VIP Ricardo Morales ... Miami, here I come! Looking forward to working with the awesome Frost Wind Ensemble at the University of Miami who will play the daylights out of my Clarinet Concerto for Band with my good friend Ricardo Morales. Thank you, Robert Carnochan and the University of Miami for this performance.

10 February 2017


Michael Whight, principal clarinet with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will be jazzing it up in Swindon on, Friday February 10.

The Young Musician Of The Year judge will be giving a clarinet recital exploring the work of serious composers writing under the spell of jazz.

He will be accompanied by concert pianist Paul Turner, the founder of the Swindon Recital Series.

On the programme will be pieces by Bernstein, who is best known for his work on West Side Story, Lutoslawski, Malcolm Arnold, John McCabe and the king of melody Paul Poulenc.

11 - 24 February 2017

Radovan Cavallin USA Master Class/Recital Tour

Don't miss the Privilege of listening to Radovan Cavallin during his upcoming USA tour :

February 11 - 14: CSU, Northridge (Northridge, CA)
February 15 - 17: Ar
...izona State University (Tempe, AZ)
February 18: Betty Blay Clarinet Studio (Washington, VA)
February 19 - 20: George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
February 22 - 23: Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
February 24: University of Maryland, (College Park, MD)

Director of Agaete Clarinet Festival in the Canary Islands

Radovan Cavallin was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1969. At age 13, Cavallin entered the Academy of Music at the University of Zagreb, becoming the youngest student ever admitted in the University’s history, graduating with honors and distinction in clarinet performance. In 1986, Cavallin was chosen from 76 candidates to enter at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he was awarded the following prizes: 1st Prize Chamber Music unanimously class Christian Lardé in 1988 and 1st Prize Clarinet unanimously in class of Guy Deplus in 1989. In addition, Cavallin received four scholarships: 1986, Ivo Pogorelich Scholarship; 1987 Scholarship Nadia and Lily Boulanger; and 1988 and 1989, French Government Scholarship. Radovan received awards in the following competitions: 1st National Prize for Clarinet in Yugoslavia on 4 occasions (1981, 1983, 1985, and 1986), 1st Prize of the International Clarinet Competition in Ancona (Italy) in 1984, 2nd Prize at the International Competition Clarinet “Dos Hermanas” in Sevilla (Spain) in 1995.

Mr. Cavallin has performed over 400 solo concerts in USA, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Colombia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra RTV Zagreb, Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra of Belgrade, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre National de Gottwaldov (former Czechoslovakia), Orchestra del Teatro Bologna Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Béla Bartók, Orchestra Franco-Belgian Brussels and Extremadura Orchestra, Symphony Dubrovnik (Croatia), Opera Orchestra of Rijeka (Croatia), St. Giles Orchestra (Oxford, United Kingdom) among others interpreting concertos by Francaix , Mozart, Nielsen, Stanford,Copland, Weber, Tomasi, Takemitsu, Danzi, Strauss, Bruch, Lindpeintner, Krommer, Debussy, Stanford, Leloup, Palacios, Shaw, Grgin, Adamic, Kovacevic.

Radovan performed as a soloist with STING during his Symphonicity tour with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. He has performed as a soloist at festivals in Ferrara (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Bad Hersfeld (Germany), Granada, La Orotava (Tenerife), Lanzhou (China),Brussels (Belgium), Lisbon (Portugal), Ibagué (Colombia), Lanzhou (China) and Baton Rouge (USA ). Radovan has made recordings for labels like Yugoton, Croatia Records, BMG Arte Nova, Maguelone, AgrupArte Productions, Cristal Records, Summit Records and ASV.

Cavallin is one of the founders of the following chamber groups; Atlantis Quartet, Trio Spohr, Reinecke Quartet, and Alisios Camerata with whom he has recently made a successful tour of 5 concerts in Japan. He has given more than 60 master classes in Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia.

Cavallin taught at the summer school in Zagreb in 1987; Quintanar de la Orden (Toledo) from 2005 to 2016; International clarinet course “Julián Menéndez” (Ávila) from 2000-2016; Arucas in 2012 and 2014; in Lanzarote in 2007; Teror in 2009; the “Clarinetissimo” International Course in Brussels in 2007; the National Association of clarinet in Zagreb in 2007; at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid in 2008; Conservatory of Murcia in 2010; at a Clarinet Congress Lisbon in 2008; Ibague (Colombia) in 2011; La Orotava in 2012; in Uzmah-Upbeat, Milna Brac (Croatia) from 2008 to 2014; in Opatija (Croatia) in 2011 to 2014; Groznjan (Croatia) from 2009 to 2012; Vimm 2013, Varaždin (Croatia) 2013 in Tokyo (Japan), 2013 Kawasaki (Japan) 2014; Paris (France) 2014; Pescara (Italy) 2014; Zimm, Zagreb (Croatia), Cocentaina, Alicante (Spain) 2014 and 2014; VIMM Virovitica (Croatia), 2013-2015, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, United Kingdom, Beijing, Dalian, Lanzhou, China; 2015, and at International Clarinet Competition in Lisbon, 2015. He has also been a member of the jury of several international clarinet competitions in Spain, Croatia, Portugal and the United States.

Since 1989, Radovan has been Principal Clarinet of Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he collaborated with conductors such as Rostropovich, Yurovsky, Norman del Mar, Gianandrea Noseda, Trevor Pinnock, Gunter Herbig, Leopold Hager, Gabriel Chmura, Antoni Wit, Adrian Leaper among many others. Currently, Mr. Cavallin is  Professor of Clarinet at the Academy of OFGC. Between 2002 and 2010, he was the Professor of Clarinet, Chamber Music, and Orchestral Repertoire at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

Cavallin is a Selmer, Backun, Silverstein Works and D’Addario artist performing exclusively on Selmer “Privilege” clarinets, Backun MoBa “Arabesque” Mouthpiece and Silverstein “Carbon Black” ligature and D’Addario”Reserve Classic” Reeds.



11 February 2017

University of Nebraska MidWest ClariFest - VIP Diane Barger, Director, with VIP Stephanie Zelnick

Lincoln, Nebraska

Announcing the 20th annual Midwest ClariFest: Saturday, February 11, 2017 with the wonderful Dr. Stephanie Zelnick from the University of Kansas as our guest artist! All events will take place in Westbrook Recital Hall #119 on the UNL campus. The event is FREE and includes a boxed lunch. Event times: 9am-6pm If you are interested in participating as a recitalist or guest lecturer, please email me at! Mark your calendars (and hope for no snow!) — with Stephanie Zelnick.


11 -  12 February 2017

West Coast premiere of American composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto, co-commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

Santa Barbara, California

Iconic Schubert & Copland

Donald Foster, Clarinetist
Evening: Saturday, February 11, 2017; 8:00 PM
Matinee: Sunday, February 12, 2017; 3:00 PM
Location: Granada Theatre

A monumental program starting with Schubert’s cherished “Unfinished” Symphony followed by the West Coast premiere of American composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto, co-commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra - a first for our own Symphony. Completing this majestic program is Copland's iconic Symphony No. 3.

Nir Kabaretti, Conductor

Donald Foster, Clarinet


11 -  12 February 2017


Marchtrenk, Austria


11 -  12 February 2017

11 - 12 February 2017

Texas State University Clarinet Fiesta

San Marcos, Texas


TEXAS STATE CLARINET FIESTA is a musical event in the beautiful campus of Texas State University. This weekend long clarinet joy in the “Heart of Texas” will create great opportunities for clarinet players to learn from some of the leading clarinetists from around the World. Clarinetists will have a free access to all of the master classes, clinics, concerts and exhibits. ... All participants will have a chance to win a brand new Buffet Crampon R13 clarinet. The winner of the new clarinet will receive the instrument at the closing ceremony of the event. In addition, the case of the clarinet will be personally signed by all of the International Guest Artists/Professors. Among the participants the team will select a number of talented clarinetists who will join the Texas State Clarinet Choir for a Sunday performance with the International Guest Artists. The Texas State Clarinet FIESTA is NOT a COMPETITION. It is a WEEKEND LONG CLARINET FUN! IT IS OPEN TO ALL LEVELS AND AGES!


11 - 13 February 2017

VIP Stephan Vermeersch in Concert and Master Classes

Kruševac, and Belgrade, Serbia

11-13 February visit to Serbia: Master class, recital and reed presentation in Kruševac on 11 Feb, and Honorary Membership from European Clarinet Association to Milenko Stefanovic on 12 Feb in Belgrado.


13 February 2017

VIP Jonathan Gunn Master Class at D'Addario New York Showroom - 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Come join us for a masterclass with Jonathan Gunn from Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin! He will be working on orchestral excerpts with a number of talented local clarinetists in the D'Addario NYC Showroom. There will be light snacks and beverages in the Buffet Crampon New York Showroom after the event that you can enjoy, and we will also have free samples of D'Addario Reserve reeds for everyone who attends.

D'Addario NYC Showroom
153 W. 36th St., 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Jonathan is a D'Addario Woodwinds and Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.

Please email or message our Facebook page with any questions. We hope to see you there

13 - 14 February 2017

Brussels, Belgium

15 February 2017

VIP Wenzel Fuchs - Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker and Professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg - in Concert



17 - 26 February 2017

II International Music Academy - VIP Harri Maki, Clarinet Professor

Sochi, Russia

18 February 2017

Brescia, Italy

18 February 2017

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

Commerce, Texas

Attendance is free. ... Save the date and please share with friends! Artists will be announced soon. *Donations are appreciated and accepted through the university Advancement Office and the Music Department. (Thank you for making this event possible for hundreds of clarinetists of all ages! Contact for details.) Your 2017 hosts- the Clarinet Coalition at TAMUC


20 February 2017

Thomas Piercy Chamber Concert


20 February 2017

VIP Alcides Rodriguez (Bass Clarinetist in the Atlanta Symphony) Master Class at Columbus State University - Dr Lisa Oberlander, Host

Columbus, Georgia

Atlanta Symphony clarinetist Alcides Rodriguez is coming to the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University to give a master class!
When: Monday, February 20th, 7pm-9pm
Where: Studio Theater at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway, Columbus, 31901

All are welcome! Bring your questions--after students play for him he's going to talk in general about audition preparation and take some questions. We're really looking forward to having him here!



20 - 21 February  2017 - Closing date for application: 16th February

Clarinet Master Classes at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

For those of you who are interested in studying with us in Amsterdam or if you're just interested to come and have lessons. We organise 2 days of classes with the clarinet teachers of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam:


Harmen de Boer (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Wind Ensemble)
Hans Colbers (Residentie Orchestra the Hague, Asko/Schönberg Ensemble)
Arno Piters (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

Dates: 20 february & 21 february 2017, 900-1700.
Cost: €100 (lunch 2 days included)
What: 2 lessons by 2 different teachers. You can attend other lessons of other students.
Where: Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Contact and info:
Closing date for application: 16th february

This course does not cover your travel or "hotel" expenses.


20 - 25 February 2017

VI Taller Para Jovines Clarinetistas


22 February 2017

VIP Charles Neidich Master Class at SUNY Stony Brook

a multi-faceted clarinet master class with international renowned virtuoso, composer and conductor Charles Neidich
Wednesday, February 22, 5-8 pm
Emerson String Quartet studio (room #3364)

Internationally renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich will bring to our Graduate Department’s clarinet and wind students his considerable gifts as one of the finest clarinetists and musical thinkers in the world today. Though the class will be organized in a master class format, Mr. Neidich will apply not only his extreme knowledge of the instrument and his exceptional teaching, but a highly educational and historical context to repertoire presented as well as a scholarly approach to music making for clarinetists. This will no doubt be a fascinating and inspiring class for wind players and for all musicians and audience alike.


24 February 2017

VIP Alessandro Carbonare Master Class and Recital

Cesena, Italy



25 February 2017

VIP Stephanie Zelnick Soloist performing Gerald Finzi Five Bagatelles for Clarinet with the Longmont Symphony

Longmont, Colorado

25 February 2017

Klarinetfestival at Stedelijke Academie

The Netherlands


25 February 2017

Milan Rereicha Clarinet Tour Recital

Busan, South Korea

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