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January 2020 Newsletter

Vienna Virtuoso Festival with Winning Performance on 7 June 2020 - Application Deadline 1 March 2020


VIP Shirley Brill in Interview  regarding her career and views

Shirley Brill Israel Interview

Shirley Brill performance of Weber Clarineto #2 Op 74

Berliner Philharmoniker  Digital Concert Hall Christmas Offer


HAPPY 2020 🍀🍄🐷 to all the awesome artists who play our instruments 🙏, to our future artists 👋 and to all musicians and music lovers in the world. From Bernd Wurlitzer and Family

Happy New Year from Buffet - Crampon

Happy New Years Greeting from Senior VIP Frank Cohen, Diana Cohen and ChamberFest Cleveland

Holiday Greetings from Senior VIP Charles Neidich and the WA Concert Series

Happy Holidays and New Yeqr from Charles Neidich and AyakoOshima

VIP Wenzel Fuchs performing Weber's 2nd Clarinet Concerto Op 74

 Check more on Wenzel Fuchs Wurlitzer Artists Page

 Berliner Philharmoniker Interview with Fuchs and Kasimoto on Mozart Clarinet Concerto


Mediterranean Clarinet Academy with Giovanni Punzi 2020 - Deadline registrations 20 January

Locations: Naples - Salerno - Palermo, Italy




Application Deadline - 1 January 2020

Bard College Conservatory of Music -  VIP David Krakauer (Clarinet Faculty)

2 - 5 January 2020

Norddeutsche Klarinettentage

Bremen, Germany

until November 2019, 15. You can still sign up!

Competition dates: 20 - 26 April 2020

Sava  Dimitrov International Clarinet Competition

Sofia, Bulgaria


 Music is a fate that everyone is given, followed their instinct without hesitation. However, no one would walk a confident step by step to desired success without their big teachers. In The course of preparation for the first international clarinet contest "sava dimitrov" we hope to enrich the story of this instrument in Bulgaria with the personal memories of students and fans of Prof. Sava Dimitrov, Prof. Petko Radev and Prof. Dimitar Dimitrov. We believe that there is something to tell us in texts and photos of, which then we publish, adding valuable facts about history.


2 - 5 January 2020

Clarinetissimo Festival 2020 - VIP Stephan Vermeersch, Director

Brugge, Belgium


2 - 5 January 2020

VIMM International Clarinet Meeting - VIP Radovan Cavallin, Director

Virovitica, Croatia


Come to 6. edition of Virovitica international music meeting. Come to learn and compete. This year the course will be held by professors:
Varga Gabor
Radovan Cavallin Žerjal
Davor Reba
Sign in and join us from 2 - 5. January 2020. in Virovitica/Croatia.

Virovitica International Music Meeting


Virovitica International Music Meeting, designed in cooperation with the Jan Vlašimsky School of Music, is aimed at the clarinetists, irrespective of their age. The idea of this international music event is bringing together clarinetist players with their individual programs, in order to increase popularity and demonstrate subtlety of this magnificent instrument.

During a four-day one-to-one workshop the attendants are prepared for a competition.

Do not miss this unique event! Be a part in the joint development of our knowledge and skills.


6 - 11 January 2020

Kilian Herold Master Class

Georgsmarienhuette, Germany

13 - 26 January 2020

Quinzaine for the Clarinette

 Theonville, France

22 January 2020

Tokyo Clarinet Ensemble

Tokyo, Japan


15 January 2020

Geneva Clarinet Project Op 1 - Romain Guyot, Clarinet Teacher

Geneva, Switzerland

18 January 2020

Derek Bermal Performance at Carnegie Hall

New York City


19 January 2020

VIP Sabine Grofmeier Performs at Hamburger Serenades - Mozart Clarinet Quintet and more

Hamburg, Germany

21 January and next 3 months Master Classes and Recitals at California State University at Northridge - VIP Julia Heinen, Host

Northridge, California

California State University, Northridge Guest Clarinet Masterclasses Series

Recital Hall in Cypress Hall on the CSUN campus. 18001 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330

21 - 22 January 2020

Julian Bliss Master Classes

Allison Park and Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

22 - 26 January 2020

Festival Internacional de Clarinetes & Saxophone

Costa Rica

23 January 2020 with more events posted -

Ohio State University - VIP Caroline Hartig - Director

Columbus, Ohio

25 - 26 January 2020


24 January 2020

Anniversary Concert honoring the  birthday of great clarinetist and professor Rafael Oganesovich Baghdasaryan

Moscow, Russia


This concert is dedicated to the birthday of our teacher Rafael Oganesovich Baghdasaryan. It will be held on January 24 in the Concert Hall of the Academic Music College at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory at 19.00. Free admission. Students of the conservatory, college and class graduates of Baghdasaryan from different years will perform in the concert.


26 January 2020

WA Chamber Concer at the Tenri Center with Senior VIP Charles Neidich and Fiends performing French Music

New York City


Beyond Space and Time
Works by Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré and Alban Berg of such a personal nature that they seem to exist outside of the time surrounding their composition and especially in the case of Gabriel Fauré’s E minor sonata, op.108 outside of the physical world where we live.

Maurice Ravel Sonate Posthume (1897)
Gabriel Fauré Sonate Nr.1in A Maj. op. 13
Alban Berg Piano Sonata op. 1
Gabriel Fauré Sonate Nr. 2 in E min. op.108

Charles Neidich, clarinet
Mohamed Shams, piano

Charles Neidich announcement of this concert

26 January 2020

George Mason University Clarinet Day

Fairfax, Virginia

Mason Clarinet Day
Sunday, January 26, 2020
DeLaski Performing Arts Building
George Mason University
Featured artist: Yao Guang Zhai, principal clarinet Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The day will include masterclasses, recitals, vendors, an audition workshop, and a repair clinic with Wes Rice of Rice Clarinet Works. The day will also feature a special concert given by the Atlantic Reed Consort.

Free admission!

Registration is OPEN! Register at

Additional information is available at

27 January 2020

Arkansas Clarinet Day at Arkansas Tech University with Senior VIP Steve Cohen (Northwestern University, Retired)

Russelville, Arkansas

Arkansas Tech University Department of Music is proud to host the 2020 Arkansas Clarinet DaySteve Cohen

A full day of clinics and master classes at all levels, from younger students to college level performers.

With mock auditions for All-State qualifiers, a presentation by Julian Bliss for Selmer clarinets, and a recital and master class by Steve Cohen, one of the country's top clarinet professors, there will be something for everyone.

As usual, many of Arkansas' clarinet professors and teachers will be giving clinics for players of all ages.

Click on the links below for more information -- see you in January!

Each year the clarinet professors from the various universities in Arkansas come together for the Arkansas Clarinet Day. Shared amongst five different schools, Arkansas Clarinet Day is organized and hosted by a different university each year. This year Arkansas Clarinet Day will be hosted by Arkansas Tech University on Monday, January 27, and is organized by Dr. Nicolas del Grazia, associate professor of clarinet. The event will feature guest artist, Steve Cohen, who will present a recital and teach a college masterclass. The clarinet professors in Arkansas will also give clinics and masterclasses to various ages of clarinet students and will come together to perform a recital in a professor’s ensemble. For more information visit:







28 January 2020 - 7:30 PM

Contemporary Chamber Music of Jorg Widmann at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

New York City


International Contemporary Ensemble


Talk with Jorg Widmann from Carnegie Hall


Holder of this season's Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, Jörg Widmann’s talents extend to his tremendous clarinet virtuosity and dynamic conducting style. Experience it all when he is joined by the International Contemporary Ensemble, praised by The New Yorker as “the new gold standard for new music.” Together they reveal the visceral power, energy, droll wit, and daring that make Widmann one of the most exciting voices of our time.


International Contemporary Ensemble
Jörg Widmann, Conductor and Clarinet



Liebeslied for Eight Instruments

Air for Solo Horn

Etude No. 2 for Solo Violin

Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano

Three Shadow Dances for Solo Clarinet

Freie Stücke (Free Pieces)

28 January - 1 February 2020

International Clarinet Extravaganza

Blocmfontein, South Africa

29 - 30 January and 1 February 2020

VIP and Solo Clarinetist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Boris Allakhverdyan Concert and Master Class at Colorado State University - Wesley Ferriera, Host

Fort Collins, Colorado

Masterworks 3 - Gold Standard

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, Boris Allakhverdyan, performs two works for this versatile instrument: Alexey Shor’s Verdiana for Clarinet and Orchestra and Béla Kovács’ lively klezmer-toned Sholem Alekhem, Rov Feidman! The FCS gets a workout in the Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten. The evening wraps up with the gold standard among orchestral works: Ludwig van Beethoven’s blockbuster Symphony No. 5 in C Minor. His iconic four-note opening motif is perhaps the most recognizable theme ever composed.

30 - 31 January 2020

Lara Diaz Master Classes

Fiati, Italy



31 January 2020

VIP and Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic Anthony McGill performs Richard Danielpour Clarinet Concerto with the Alabama Symphony

Birmingham, Alabama

Nielsen: Helios Overture
Richard Danielpour: Clarinet Concerto, “From the Mountaintop”
Elgar: Enigma Variations

 31 January 2020

Souree Klarthe Concert with Florent Heau

Paris, France

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