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February 2018 Newsletter


From Martin Frost

This is a project that I feel very enthusiastic about:  I have a long time thought about what I can do to help young talents, how I can contribute more to the future of the clarinet and the classical music. This new foundation and the partnership will be my platform for that.   Happy to Share this!

1 February 2018

Nicolai Pfeffer Clarinet Soloist with the Universitat Koln Sinfonie Orchester

Cologne, Germany

2 February 2018 - 6 PM

Julien Herve Recital at the Buffet New York Showroom


3 February 2018

JU Clarinet Day at Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

3 - 4 February 2018


4 February 2018


4 February 2018

VIP Sabine Grofmeier Hamburg Serenade Concert

Hamburg, Germany




5 - 10 February 2018

ClariPeru VII workshop for young players - Antonio Mazzini, Director

Lima, Peru

The VII workshop for young of clariperu is aimed at instrumentalists of all levels. We will have teachers and teachers for children as well as intermediate and advanced youth. In two weeks we will publish the registration form. We're waiting for you in Lima from 5 to 10 February 2018!
— with Vandoren Paris, Eduardo Mognaschi Cochella, Vandoren América Latina, Buffet Crampon América Latina and Buffet Crampon Brasil.


5 - 6 February 2018

Master Class with Paul Meyer with the Bellini Institute

Caltanissetta, Italy

6 February 2018

VIP Evegny Petrov, Professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Master Class

Moscow, Russia


8 February 2018 - 5 PM

VIP Sauro Berti Bass Clarinet Master Class at the Buffet New York Showroom



10 - 11 February 2018

Texas Clarinet Fiesta at Texas State University at San Antonio






10 February 2018

Berliner Philharmoniker Wind Quintet

Berverley Hills, California


Mr. Hough is a Steinway Artist.

STEPHEN HOUGH Was mit den Tränen geschieht
MOZART Quintet in E-Flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
JACQUES IBERT Trois pièces brèves
SAMUEL BARBER Summer Music, Op. 31
POULENC Sextet for Piano and Winds, FP 100

“Arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world” - Manchester Evening News

“[Hough] is known as a rare kind of visionary virtuoso [and] what I cherish in Hough’s playing is the sense that he is making up the music as he goes, even as he realizes the written score with uncommon precision.” - The New Yorker

11 February 2018

Lambres les Duoai, France

11 February 2018

Rome, Italy


14 - 18 February 2018

2e Walter Boeykens Clarinet Festival with VIP Wenzel Fuchs and Colleagues

Enschiede, The Netherlands

During the 2th Walter Boeykens Clarinet Festival we organize a unique event for the (semi) Professional Clarinetist: Auditietraining! With Lessons From Wenzel Fuchs, André Andre Kerver and nele delafonteyne. For more info see the folder below. Give up on


15 - 17 February 2018

Helsinki Bass Clarinet Days with VIP Henri Bok

Helsinki, Finland

17 February 2018

Northern Illinois University Clarinet Cornucopia - VIP Gregory Barrett, Director, with VIP Stefan Harg from Stockholm, Sweden

                        Clarinet Cornucopia is a festival for clarinetists who enjoy playing and learning about their favorite instrument and its extended world. Founded in 2002, Clarinet Cornucopia focuses on a different theme each year and a featured performer gives a recital, teaches a master class and shares their perspectives on the clarinet and music.

                        All participants are invited to perform in the Cornucopia Choir, which performs at the final concert of the day.


                        2018 The French Belle Époque

                       Saturday, February 17, 2018
9 a.m-5:30 p.m. NIU School of Music

                       This event is free to attend but please register so we know you're coming.

                        Downloadable Clarinet Cornucopia poster (PDF)


                        Guest artists Stefan Harg, clarinet and Katarina Ström-Harg, piano

                        Join NIU Clarinet Faculty member Gregory Barrett, guest artists Stefan Harg, clarinet; Katarina Ström-Harg, piano and NIU Philharmonic and Opera Theatre Conductor Danko Drusko for a full day of concerts, master classes and rehearsal.

                       Professionals, teachers and graduate students can perform on the Medley Recital. Clarinet chamber groups and choirs can perform at the Ensembles Concert. Everyone is invited to play in the Cornucopia Clarinet Choir. Students will be selected to play in the master classes. Please contact me at

                      Clarinet guest artist Stefan Harg is an internationally recognized musician and educator. He performs on modern and historic instruments and many composers have written works for him. He has collaborated with, among others, Luciano Berio, György Ligeti and Libby Larsen. On numerous occasions he has performed Dialogue L'ombre double for clarinet and electronics by Pierre Boulez. Harg is regularly invited as a soloist in Swedish and foreign orchestras. Since 1990 he has collaborated with pianist Katarina Ström-Harg. Harg is Adjunct Professor of clarinet at Örebro Music University. He was educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, earning the Soloist Diploma (1990) and Kammarmusik Diploma (1988). Further studies abroad were with Guy Deplus and Walter Boeykens.


17 February 2018

University of Central Florida (Orlando) Clarinet Day with VIP Robert Spring - Keith Koons, Director

17 - 18 February 2018


17 - 18 February 2018

Senior VIP Franklin Cohen performs Oscar Navarro's 2nd Clarinet Concerto with the San Juan Symphony

Durango, Colorado

Latin Nights Concert Set for February 17 & 18 in Farmington and Durango

Our sizzling “Latin Nights” program features five works by Latin American and Spanish composers. We open with Moncayo’s wild Huapango, based upon the dance music of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Guest Artist Franklin Cohen, who served for 39 years as the principal clarinetist the Cleveland Orchestra, then joins the San Juan Symphony to perform the second clarinet concerto of Oscar Navarro (Oscar Navarro Music). Following the Navarro are a pair of intermezzos from Spanish stage works: a lively piece from the comical La boda de Luis Alonso by Giménez, and a more lyrical excerpt from the opera Goyescas by Granados. We end with Suite No. 2 from Manuel de Falla’s dazzling ballet, The Three-Corned Hat.

We are grateful for the support of our Concert Sponsors, notably our friends at San Juan Regional Medical Center.


San Juan Symphony Orchestra packages musical box of chocolates

             This week, the San Juan Symphony has creatively packaged four events around Valentine’s Day. The orchestra has scheduled three exactly on Thursday, and its big weekend concert pair in Durango and Farmington follows. Sounds like a good way to treat oneself to a musical box of chocolates.

             At the center of this extravaganza is Franklin Cohen, former principal clarinetist in the Cleveland Orchestra. Cohen’s professional career began when Leopold Stokowski chose him as principal clarinet for the American Symphony Orchestra. Later, he moved to the Baltimore Symphony before his tenure at the Cleveland Orchestra. With close to 200 performances here and abroad, Cohen has an international reputation as one of the world’s finest clarinetists. He has recorded with Decca and Deutsche Grammophon and is co-artistic director of ChamberFest Cleveland, a summer festival that launched in 2012.

          On Valentine’s Day, Cohen will give a master class to Fort Lewis College students at 12:30 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall. If you’ve never observed a master class, sample this one partly because it’s free and you’ll learn a lot about music, the clarinet and how a professional mentor engages students.

Later in the afternoon, Cohen will give a recital as part of the FLC Artist-in-Residence program. At latest report, the program consists of Gershwin preludes and works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Guastavino and Poulenc’s “Sonata for Two Clarinets,” which Cohen will perform with his colleague Lori Novato, symphony principal and member of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Cohen will close with the theme from “Schindler’s List.” Pianist Lisa Campi Walters will assist.

            Immediately after the recital, Conductor Thomas Heuser will give his usual pre-concert lectures, playing recorded excerpts and sharing nuggets about works on the weekend concerts.

           “Latin Nights” is the umbrella title for the pair of concerts in Farmington and Durango on Feb. 17 and 18. The orchestra will largely perform Latin American and Spanish dance music inspired by various forms of the zarzuela, huapango and seguidilla of “Carmen” fame. Works by Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados and others fill the program. In addition, Cohen will join the orchestra for a rare performance of Oscar Navarro’s Second Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.

           “Overall, the music or these Spanish and Latin American composers is absolutely thrilling,” Heuser said. “It’s intuitive and beautifully colorful. Navarro’s concerto puts the solo clarinet to the test with exotic flourishes, arabesques, and feverishly fast playing.

           “Franklin is one of the greatest living clarinet players,” he said. “I expect he will cast a spell that will leave us all breathless.”


21 February 2018 - 6 PM

VIP Stefan Harg Recital at the Buffet New York Showroom


23 February 2018

Catherine Hudgins, clarinet and William Hudgins, Solo Clarinetist in the Boston Symphony, clarinet soloists in performance of DANIEL CROZIER Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra (World Premiere)

Winter Park, Florida


Concertos by Candlelight: The Classical Romantic


Knowles Chapel comes alive with an evening of sublime melodies and exciting virtuosic concertos featuring Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, the rarely heard Romanze for Viola by Max Bruch, the dramatic Cello Concerto in a minor by Saint-Saens, and the world premiere of Daniel Crozier’s Concerto for Two Clarinets—all accompanied by the Bach Festival Orchestra.


JOHANN HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto in E Major, S. 49
MAX BRUCH Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85
GABRIEL FAURÉ Élégie in c minor, Op. 24

DANIEL CROZIER Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra (World Premiere)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 33









23 February 2018


23 February 2018 - 8 PM

Franklin Cohen Faculty Recital at the Cleveland Institute of Music

Franklin Cohen, clarinet
Roman Rabinovich, piano, guest artist

   Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1
   Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2

Ticket Information

Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Reserve your seat.


11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106


24 February 2018

 ChamberFest Cleveland presents Winter House Concert featuring ChamberFest's own Franklin Cohen, and his son-in-law, world-renowned pianist, Roman Rabinovich.

Cleveland, Ohio

From Senior VIP Franklin Cohen

Save the Date!
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7pm
Mark your calendar for an intimate ChamberFest Cleveland

Winter House Concert featuring ChamberFest's own Franklin Cohen, and his son-in-law, world-renowned pianist, Roman Rabinovich. Enjoy an evening of beautiful music in the lovely Cohen family home! Seating for this special concert is limited.
To reserve now, please call (216) 471-8887. Cost per ticket - $95. Online tickets go on sale
January 2, 2018.


24 February 2018


25 February 2018

Antonio Saiote Recital at the State University of California at Northridge, VIP Julia Heinen, Host

Guest Artist Recital

António Saiote - clarinet
Bryan Pezzone, piano
Sunday, February 25, 2018
7:30 pm

California State University, Northridge
Cypress Recital Hall

Cost: $15/$10/$7 (doors open at 7:00 pm)

ANTÓNIO SAIOTE studied clarinet at the National Conservatory of Lisbon, in the class of Professor Marcos Romão dos Reis. Then, as a Fellow of the Gulbenkian Foundation he continued his studies in Paris with Guy Deplus and Jacques Lancelot. In Munich, he obtained the Meisterdiplom of the Hochschule with Gerd Starke. In Spain he specialized in the direction of music of the twentieth century at the University of Alcalá de Henares with Arturo Tamayo. He also did seminars with George Hurst in Cnaford, England.
He was the winner of the Karol Kurpinski (Poland) competition, first prize in the Arts and Ideas competition and the Nouvelles Valeurs de la Culture competition. He has been a soloist and invited musician in various orchestras and chamber groups. He is currently director of the Portuguese Clarinet Ensemble. In chamber music he plays duet with pianist Pedro Burmester.

He has made world-wide creations of Portuguese and foreign composers. Luciano Berio, Luciano Pavarotti, Klaus Thunemann and Karl Leister, are some personalities who publicly expressed their admiration.

He was also Deputy Head of the Inter-Regional Orchestra in Bad-Wuttenberg with chef Nicolas Pasquet. He has previously conducted the Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Invicta Orchestra, the Porto National Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, ESMAE and the Beiras Philharmonic. The critics saw in him the "proof that an excellent clarinetist can also be an excellent conductor".

He has given Master Classes in Germany, Brazil, Chile, Poland, France, China, Macao, Belgium, Hungary, India and Spain. He has been president of the jury of the Setubal, Gaia, Valentino Bucchi (Rome) competitions and jury member of the Oktav Poppa, Toulon and Seville competitions. He currently directs the clarinet license in ESMAE. He is also the president of the Portuguese Clarinet Association and artistic director of Solistes de Porto. His concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Belgium, France, Germany, England, China, India, USA, etc. have earned him enthusiastic criticism.



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