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March 2019 Newsletter


In support of the Chicago Symphony who unfortunately are on Strike offering two FREE Concerts 22 and 25 March 2019

Musica Mundi School near Brussels, Belgium inviting Student Enrollment in their Program


Faculty in Clarinet includes  Ronald Van Speandonck  and VIP Anneliene Van Wauwe

1 March - 30 April 2019

Silverstein Global Clarinet Contest

Silverstein is hosting the first online global clarinet contest as our appreciation to all clarinet musicians and students in the world.
Visit for more details.
Facebook Group page is opened at
Pursuing a musical career is a strenuous process, there is no shortcut. Musicians practice with endless effort to master each passing note with precision and musicality. It is with this effort that they make the world more beautiful and a better place to live.
However, many musicians do not have a fair opportunity to showcase their accomplishments and efforts to the world. Such opportunities are limited for many reasons such as (but not limited to) geographical location, access to an educational system, and financial capacity.
This contest was created to provide amateur musicians, globally, a stage to present their music without such limitations. In doing so, we hope this contest increases the wide-spread interest in clarinet music.
Unlike other clarinet competitions, this event is not a skills competition.
We want to recognize any and all musicians, regardless of age, whom possess a great potential of talent for the future.
The Silverstein Global Clarinet Contest is our way to show appreciation to those who have been working tirelessly to bring beautiful music into the world.
This event is hosted by many renowned artists from around the world who are leaders in today’s clarinet society. They are willing to share their precious time and effort for the future of clarinet music. Without their volunteered support and participation, this event would not be possible. You can find a full list of the hosting team at
We hope that this contest is exciting and engaging for all participants.

-Only one entry per contestant.
-All contestants must register via application page of the contest website.
-Video must include a verbal introductory statement with name, age, location, occupation, and title of piece.
-Video must be recorded in one continuous shot with no breaks, cuts, or edits of any form.
-Performer should be centered with entire face, hands, and instrument visible at all times throughout the entire video.
-Only solo works and works with piano will be accepted.
-Entries with electronics/loopers/digital accompaniment are considered solo works.
-Video resolution must be 1024 x 768 or higher.
-Videos must be no more than 5 minutes in length.
-Videos must be sent via WeTransfer to
-Silverstein Works reserves the right to remove or disqualify any video submission for any reason.
-Entries must be received no later than 11:59pm on April 30th E.S.T.
-We reserve the right not to choose a grand prize winner for any reason, in such a case we will donate the monetary equivalent to an educational charity.
-Winners will be announced on May 31, 2019

Senior Division
-The senior division contest is open to all amateur clarinetists of any variety.
-Eligibility is open to U.S and non-U.S. residents.
-Contestant must be 19 years of age or older as of April 30th, 2019
-All non-U.S. contestants must have a valid passport (and visa if applicable) to be eligible for the Grand Prize if the winner chooses the travel option to ICA ClarinetFest 2019.
Junior Division
-The junior division competition is open to all clarinetists of any variety.
-Contestant must be under 19 years of age or older as of April 30th, 2019
-Eligibility is open to U.S and non-U.S. residents.
Senior Division
Grand Prize:
Round trip airfare and accommodations to visit ICA Clarinetfest 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee July 24-28. $1000 cash if opt-out of travel.
$500 in Silverstein merchandise and a 1 year ALTA reed subscription (1 box of ten ALTA cane reed per month or 1 ALTA Ambipoly reed per month)
Second Place:
$1,000 in Silverstein merchandise, and a 1 year ALTA reed subscription (1 box of ten ALTA cane reed per month or 1 ALTA Ambipoly reed per month)
Third Place:
$500 in Silverstein merchandise, and a 1 year ALTA reed subscription (1 box of ten ALTA cane reed per month or 1 ALTA Ambipoly reed per month)
Honorable Mention:
$500 in Silverstein merchandise
Junior Division
Grand Prize:
$1,000 Scholarship, $500 in Silverstein merchandise, and a 1 year ALTA reed subscription (1 box of ten ALTA cane reed per month or 1 ALTA Ambipoly reed per month)
Second Place:
$1,000 in Silverstein merchandise, and a 1 year ALTA reed subscription (1 box of ten ALTA cane reed per month or 1 ALTA Ambipoly reed per month)
Third Place:
$500 in Silverstein merchandise, and a 1 year ALTA reed subscription (1 box of ten ALTA cane reed per month or 1 ALTA Ambipoly reed per month)
Honorable Mention:
$500 in Silverstein merchandise
*Shipping and handling included
*Winners shall be responsible for any Government tax or duties if applicable.

1 March 2019

VIP Alessandro Carbonare 'Tribute to French Music' Recital

Rome, Italy

1 March 2019

WA ' Music for Food' Benefit Concert - Senior VIP Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, Directors

New York City

Senior VIP Charles Neidich speaks about this concert and its purpose

“A word to the wise music lover: Run, don’t walk, to this series” Frank Daykin from The New York Concert Review


We are extremely happy to invite you to a very special benefit concert for Music for Food. Currently in its 9th season, Music for Food created over 500,000 meals through donations made at concerts for nearly100 hunger-relief organizations.  New York City, one of the wealthiest city in the world has thousands of people that have basic needs including food. With this concert we hope to address this issue and make a small but meaningful contribution to this rather large problem and we NEED your HELP! All proceeds from this concert will go to the St. Francis Xavier Mission. Please join us for an evening of Classical Classics, music for Clarinet and Piano.


The concert will take place on March 1, 2018 at the Tenri Cultural institute of New York at 7:30 PM

On the Program:


Francis Poulenc   Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1953)

                Allegro tristamente


                Allegro con fuoco


                Charles Neidich, Clarinet

                  Mariko Furukawa, Piano


Charles Neidich   Threnos (for unaccompanied clarinet)


               Charles Neidich, Clarinet


Johannes Brahms        Sonata in F minor op. 120  no. 1

                Allegro appassionato

                Andante un poco adagio

                Allegretto grazioso



                Charles Neidich, Clarinet

                Mariko Furukawa, Piano




Meyer Kupferman     Four Double Features


                    Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich, Clarinets


Charles-Marie Widor    Introduction et Rondo, op. 72


                    Charles Neidich, Clarinet

                    Mariko Furukawa, Piano        


Camille Saint-Saëns  Introduction et Rondo Capriccio, op. 28


                    Charles Neidich, Clarinet

                    Mariko Furukawa, Piano



 Additional performances are scheduled for: 


 Saturday evening, March 30, 2019

 Friday evening, April 12, 2019

 Friday evening, May 10, 2019, all at 7:30 pm.

Next WA Concert is this Saturday! 

1 March 2019

Lamar University Clarinet Day

2 March 2019

VIP Ricardo Morales - Solo Clarinetist in the Philadelphia Orchestra - Master Class and Recital at Rowen University - Rie Suzuki, Host

Rowen, New Jersey

2 - 5 March 2019

International Clarinet Competition « Evgeniy Titov  - 4th edition,  organized by Alexander Samarin, Clarinet Professor at the Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod

 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

2 March 2019

Morehead State University Clarinet Day with VIP Tony Costa (Penn State University) - Dr Lori Baruth, Director

Morehead, Kentucky

2 - 3 March 2019

Cecilia Vilar Master Class

Valencia, Spain

2 March 2019

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

Commerce, Texas


3 March 2019

VIP Alan Kay and friends Master Classes at Montclair State University Clarinet Festival

Montclair, New Jersey


3 March 2019

Asia Business Conference at Harvard University

Boston, Massachussetts


3 - 10 - 17 - 24 March 2019

Ruzalia Kasimova Chamber Concerts

Moscow, Russia

From Ruzalia Kasimova in Moscow and the Program:

Friends, on March 3 there will be a holiday of clarinet!
At 14:00 in central there will be an awesome evening of Eugene Alexandrovich, and we and ilya will play three miniatures of penderecki.
And at 19:00 I invite everyone to rgsai for the opening of the clarinet marathon. Will be mendelssohn, glinka and Beethoven 38.

4 - 5 March 2019

Nuno Silva Master Class

Varzim, Italy

7 - 9 March 2019

Andrea Fallico Master Class



8 March and 2 more concerts in April and May 2019

ChamberFest Cleveland Chamber Concert Series - Senior VIP Franklin Cohen, and Diana Cohen, Directors

Cleveland, Ohio

Franklin Cohen speaks about the 1st House Concert featuring the Mozart Clarinet Quintet




ChamberFest Cleveland Presents
The 2019 House Concert Series

ChamberFest Cleveland launches House Concert Series: a conversation with Franklin Cohen

by Mike Telin

It’s wonderful to hear great chamber music performances in a concert hall, but it’s an entirely different experience to hear it in someone’s home with light appetizers and your favorite beverage.

“As I get older I’m really enjoying situations where the audience is five feet away from you and you can feel everyone’s energy,” clarinetist and ChamberFest Cleveland co-artistic director Franklin Cohen said. “There’s something very special about that environment that I can’t even describe — it’s a wonderful thing.”

On Friday, March 8 at 7:30 pm, ChamberFest Cleveland will present the Cohen Candlelight House Concert, featuring Franklin Cohen and the Callisto Quartet. The program will include Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes” and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Light appetizers and beverages will be served after the concert. Tickets are available online, and the address will be provided upon purchase.

Cohen said that the House Concert Series provides the perfect opportunity to present “a local ensemble that has received national recognition.” Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Callisto Quartet — Paul Aguilar and Rachel Stenzel, violins, Eva Kennedy, viola, and Hannah Moses, cello — were the grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Additionally, in 2018 they were prize winners at the Melbourne and Wigmore Hall International Chamber Music Competitions. The ensemble is one of six quartets that have been invited to the 2019 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

“I knew Hannah when she was a student,” Cohen said, “but when they became prize winners at the Fischoff last year, I watched some videos from the competition and thought, wow! We always hear about the outside groups that are coming to town, but they’re right here in our backyard, so it was a no-brainer to invite them.”

When asked about the evening’s program, Cohen said that he “loves” Ligeti. “When I spoke to Hannah, she told me they were working on his first string quartet. I said, can we please put that on the program?” Cohen also looks forward to collaborating with the Callisto on a piece that “everybody loves,” Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

“I first played it as a student at Juilliard and I’ve probably performed it more than any other piece in the world — except for the Bartók Contrasts which I started playing when I was fifteen with Garrick Ohlsson. But people love the Mozart, and what better environment to hear it than in a house with friends and a little vino?”

Over the years, Mozart’s sublime quintet has become very close to Cohen’s heart, beginning with his first season as principal clarinet with The Cleveland Orchestra. “I came to Cleveland in my late twenties, and one of the first things that happened was that my brother passed away. He loved music, and even played clarinet, so I played it at his funeral. Over the years I’ve been asked to play it at many people’s memorials — for my brother, my mother, my father, and my late wife — for a lot of people that I love.”

Cohen said that what makes the work so special is that it has the perfect balance of optimism and something a little bit hard to describe — “what one would imagine if there is anything after this world, and how beautiful it could be. That’s how I always thought about this piece. I don’t mean to be morose, because it is one of the most joyful pieces in the repertoire. Brahms thought it was such an incredible piece of music that his own clarinet quintet is an homage to Mozart. The connections between the two pieces have been linked for years.”

Wrapping up our telephone conversation, Cohen said that Friday’s concert is all about the Callisto. “It’s going to be fun, and maybe I’ll learn something from them. I like it when things go in the direction of the young people teaching me new things — it makes me a better teacher.” He also noted that there will be a surprise addition to the program. “But I’m not even going to tell you what it is,” he said with a chuckle.

8 March 2019

Philippe Berrod Master Class

Douai, France

9 - 10 March 2019

Brandon University Clarinet Festival

Manitoba, Canada

9 March 2019

9 March 2019

Concert with the Clarinet Ensemble Boree

Boulogne, Calais et Saint-Omer, France

9 March 2019

VIP Wenzel Fuchs Recital

Mons, Germany

Next concert in the organisation of mons

Wenzel Fuchs, the first clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic performing on Saturday, March 9., 2019 at the city house

The concert starts at 20,00 pm, and the entrance is free!


Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet
Bogdan Bikicki, clarinet

Piano Associate: Natasha Srdić Jahn


P r o g r a m:


Robert Schumann: Fantasy Pieces, op. 73, for clarinet and piano
Francis Poulenc: Sonata, for two clarinets
Carl Maria Von Weber: Končertino op. 26. For Clarinet and piano
Francis Poulenc: Sonata, for clarinet and piano
Felix Mendelssohn: concert piece no. 2, op. 114, for two clarinet and piano


            Wenzel Fuchs was born in Innsbruck, Austria, where he started the clarinet studies at Professor Walter Kafera at the local conservatory. Studies continued with professor Peter Šmidla at the university of music and performing art in Vienna, on which he graduated with high grades. The winner is the award of the Austrian Ministry of science and art and in the competitions of "jugend musiziert".
During the study, he was a regular deputy in all vienna orchestras, including the Vienna State Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic At the age of 19, he became a solo clarinetist in the Vienna Orchestra of the folk opera, and five years later, in the same position.

          Since 1993. is the solo clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic; he also teaches in the framework of the Orkestarske Academy "Karajan" He was a professor at the Music Hochschule " Hanns Eisler " (2008-2013) and visiting professor at the university of " Geidai " in Tokyo Since 2015., he's been working as a professor at mocarteumu in Salzburg.


        In addition to many masterclasses course in Japan, Europe and the United States, he appears around the world as a soloist with orchestras, such as the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, and the Korean Symphony Orchestra.

       His most famous musical associates are: Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Pahud, András Schiff, Albrecht Meyer, Mitsuko Učido, David Gering. He  is a member of the Duvačkih soloist, Duvačkog ensemble and Oktet of the Berlin Philharmonic


9 - 10 March 2019

Tiago Abrantes Master Class

Porto, Portugal

9 - 15 June 2019 - Application Deadline: 11 March 2019

Orpheus@Mannes Chamber Ensemble Festival

New York City

Start an Application



Leadership lives everywhere at Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Since 1972, Orpheus musicians have worked together to perform music at a world-class level without a conductor or other central authority figure. Their unique method for doing so, the Orpheus Process®, guides collaborative participation across all aspects of the organization, from performance to programming to governance.

Orpheus is proud to launch
Orpheus@Mannes, a new week-long chamber orchestra intensive in partnership with Mannes School of Music, at The New School's College of Performing Arts. The program will focus on teaching pre-professional musicians the Orpheus Process® and empowering them with communication and collaborative skills essential to thriving as artists and as people.

Orpheus@Mannes will be held at Mannes School of Music in New York City from June 9-15, 2019. The program will include:

  • Instruction by Orpheus musicians and immersion in the Orpheus Process®
  • Repertoire: Mozart, Ballet Music for Idomeneo; Tower, Chamber Dance; Schubert, Symphony No. 6 
  • A select "core" group of rotating musical leaders for each piece will receive separate coaching sessions
  • Daily seminars by noted industry professionals on topics such as career development 
  • Program concludes with concert on Saturday

Program Details: 

  • Applications are open for: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, and percussion (must include timpani)
  • Application deadline: March 11, 2019; 11:59 PM EST
  • Participants must be 18-26 years of age at the time of the program
  • Application fee: $65 
  • Tuition is free to all participants
  • NYC metrocards will be provided
  • Housing is not provided and will need to be arranged by participants

Questions may be directed to

11 - 12 March 2019

Master Class and Concert with VIP Seunghee Lee at California State University at Northridge (CSUN) - VIP Julia Heinen, Host

11 - 15 March 2019

Festival Clarinetisimo

Santa Domingo

13 March 2019

Chamber Concert Kyiv Music Academy named after Peter Tchaikovsky. Concert of the class of Professor Roman Vovk

Kiev, Ukraine

Kyiv Music Academy named after Peter Tchaikovsky. Concert of the class of Professor Roman Vovk. Participate O.Goshiy, M.Pakulyak, Yu.Thohta, D.Fonaryuk, R.Bryzhko, T.Kuzyk (bassoon), V.Feschenko, A.Palyarush, S.Kachur, S. Bulyha, D.Vyrozub, A Shadrin. Quartet of сlarintists "Optimum-2" Invited guests S.Udod, I.Tarnovetsky (guitar), A.Butorin, A.Opanashchuk - soloists of the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine, O.Shchebeta-Dragan (Ukraine-Germany) Concertmasters: E. Dashak, O. Shevchenko.


Roman Vovk, a well-known Ukrainian clarinetist, head of the Department of Wind Instruments of the Musical Academy.

The program will use works of different styles and eras. Welcome! Free entrance.

14 March 2019

French clarinettist Samuel Berthod performs at the Chamber and Organ music hall of Rivne (Ukraine). Concert "Paris Meetings"

Rivne, Ukraine

                              He plays and writes jazz, electro, folk, world music and even audio tracks. On the stage Samuel Berthod may be quite different - from the restrained performer of the classical repertoire to the barefoot klezmer. The concert will also feature the academic chamber orchestra of the Rivne Regional Philharmonic under the leadership of Yuri Skrypnyk.

Concert program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra K622

 Johan Melchior Mollet - Concert for Clarinet and Orchestra

Nunzio Ortolano - Romance

14 March 2019

Queens Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Senior VIP Charles Neidich

Queens, New York

I am excited to present this program this Thursday March 14th, 2019 with the Queens College Symphonic Wind Ensemble. I will lead the ensemble in Messiaen and Shostakovich with the wonderful pianist Xintong Zang. The concert begins at 7:30pm in Lefrak Hall, and is free and open to the public!


14 March 2019

VIP Wonkak Kim Performs Messiean Quartet for the End of Time

Portland, Oregon


14 - 17 March 2019

Clarinet Days - VIP Piero Vincenti, Director

Cesena, Italy

14 March 2019

 Paris, France


15 March 2019

James Campbell, Professor at Indiana University gives Master Class at the University of British Columbia - VIP Jose Franch-Ballister, Host

Vancouver, BC, Canada


15 March 2019 - Deadline to apply for Admission to enroll to Folkwang University - VIP Nicole Jurgensen, Professor and former Solo Klarinettist in the WDR Radio Orchester Cologne

Essen, Germany

Do you want to study intensely, work hard and enjoy making music with the Folkwang Clarinets...??

 Application deadline for my clarinet class at Folkwang University: March 15th

Tuition: FREE



The Folkwang’s world of music in overview

The Folkwang University’s music courses cover a very wide and varied range. In addition to instrumental training (in all orchestral instruments and other instruments), courses offered include church music, jazz, musical theatre, music theatre / voice, and composition and conducting – as well as postgraduate and supplementary courses Chamber Music, Popular music, Concert performance and Orchestral performance. We also offer training in musicology, music pedagogy and school music teaching; and in line with the sense of a “university of the arts”, equal attention is given to practical and artistic aspects. All courses are currently taught in modules and are adapted to Bachelor’s/Master’s programmes.

Musical locations

Each of the individual Folkwang locations is distinguished by its own individual profile. Early music, chamber music and piano are offered in Duisburg; orchestral performance in Dortmund (Orchesterzentrum|NRW); and all the other musical disciplines at the main Folkwang location in the Benedictine Abbey at Essen-Werden.

Additional offerings and cross-linking

In addition to regular instruction, students at the Folkwang have the chance to take part in the master classes, workshops and summer courses that are continually on offer. The university also has seven in-house vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as a highly professionally equipped sound studio and the cross-faculty ‘ICEM’ (Institute for Computer Music and Electronic Media). In order to facilitate a variety of concert practice and stage experience, students work in close interaction with the other Folkwang arts, and the university works in cooperation with the region’s major theatres and concert halls.



16 - 24 March 2019


Marco Antonio Mazzini Chamber Music Workshop


Cuida Del Cabo, South Africa



17 March 2019


Vienna Symphony Kammerkonzert


Vienna, Austria


17 - 18 March 2019

VIP Sharon Kam performs Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto with the Staatsoper Orchester Hannover

Hannover, Germany





Dirigent: Alexander Soddy | Solist: Sharon Kam (Klarinette)
So 17.03.19 | 17:00 | Einführung 16:15 | Opernhaus
Abonnement: Konzert-Abo Sonntag

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Konzertouvertüre »Die Hebriden« op. 26 (1829 / 33)
Carl Maria von Weber: Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester Nr. 2 Es-Dur op. 74
Edward Elgar Sinfonie Nr. 1 As-Dur op. 55 (1908)


18 March 2019 - 7:30 PM

Faculty Recital: VIPs Jon Manasse, Clarinet, and Jon Nakamatsu, Piano at Paul Hall at the Juilliard School

New York City


BRAHMS Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F Minor, Opus 120 No. 1
CHOPIN Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante, Opus 22
BERNSTEIN Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1942)
D’RIVERA Lecuonerías from The Cape Cod Files (commissioned by the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival for the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, 2009)
NOVACEK Four Rags for Two Jons (commissioned by the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, 2006)

Know before you go! Read the program notes.

Read the press release.

18 March 2019


18 - 19 March 2019

Anna Paulova Chamber Concert with Harp

18.3. in Reduta, Olomouc and on Tuesday 19.3. in Castel in Konice, Czech Republic

19 March 2019

Joseph Eller and Thomas Russell Perform Clarinet and Organ Concert

Troy, Alabama



17 - 29 June 2019


Tchaikovsky International Competition - Application Deadline: 15 March 2019

Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia

A brief History and Prestige of the Tchaikovsky International Competition


The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held more than 50 years ago, is not only a valuable asset of Russian musical culture but is also one of the major events in the international music community.  The International Tchaikovsky Competition is held once every four years.

View the full conditions for the competition (PDF)

The first, in 1958, included two disciplines - piano and violin. Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category was added, and the vocal division was introduced during the third competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition - a contest for violin makers which was held before the main competition.

An artistic competition is a traditional starting point for gifted young musicians as it gives them a chance to encounter the admiration of an audience, be initiated into the worldwide professional community, and start a brilliant international career. In Russia the Competition is considered a landmark of national musical culture. Each of its editions is one of the key events in the social and cultural life of the country.

The XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition will introduce new speciality Woodwind instruments. The competition will be held in Moscow and St. Petersburg in June 2019.


Qualifying round (video selection)

W.A. Mozart: Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 I. Allegro

to be performed with cadenza, preferably written by the candidate

C. Debussy: Première Rhapsodie

Round I

Solo program, no more than 23 minutes in length, consisting of the following pieces

W.A. Mozart: Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622
I. Allegro
to be performed with cadenza, preferably written by the candidate

I. Stravinsky: 3 pieces for clarinet solo

P. Tchaikovsky: «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II

Solo program, no more than 30 minutes in length consisting of the following pieces

R. Schumann: «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73

E. Denisov: sontata for clarinet solo

J. Verdi / L. Bassi: Concert Fantasia on Motives from 'Rigoletto'

Round III

Performance with orchestra. Program consisting of following pieces (to be performed by memory):

C. Debussy: Première Rhapsodie

P. Tchaikovsky: Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin” (arrangement will be sent out to the candidates in a few weeks)

G. Rossini: Introduction Theme and Variations


March 16 - 17 2019

University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham Clarinet Symposium with Corrado Giuffredi - Dr Denise Gainey, Director

Birmingham, Alabama

The UAB Department of Music, Backun Musical Services, and D’Addario Woodwinds are proud to present the 17th Annual UAB Clarinet Symposium on March 16-17, 2019, with special guest artists  Shawn Copeland (University of Idaho), and Boja Kragulj (soloist), along with a host of professional clarinetists from around the region. Join us 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, and Art’s Music. Registration will include participation in all events 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. 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 amazing Corrado Giuffredi!


18 - 21 March 2019

20 - 24 March 2019

Yucatan Internacional Clarinet and Saxophone Festival

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

21 March 2019

Ilian Iliev Master Class

Tokyo, Japan


21 - 24 March 2019

2nd Stepan Tomich Open Competition for Winds and Percussion - Application Deadline 4 March 2019

Moscow, Russia

21 - 31 March 2019

Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition

Odense, Denmark

Details of 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition announced


The 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition for violin, clarinet and flute will run from 21 to 31 March 2019 in Odense, Denmark.

‘What makes this competition particularly demanding is that it requires the finalists to perform the concerto written for their instruments by Carl Nielsen,’ said artistic advisor Nikolaj Znaider. ‘All three of Nielsen’s concertos are technically challenging to play and give a clear insight into the individuality of the performer.

‘For us, as torchbearers of Nielsen’s legacy, it allows us to introduce a new generation to his music – a generation which might not otherwise have discovered it for themselves. I cannot wait to welcome all 72 young musicians and my fellow jury members to Odense and I think that Carl Nielsen would be both happy and proud if he could see all these young people flocking to his hometown in the name of music.’

Emmanuel Pahud and Martin Fröst will join Znaider as artistic advisors. In addition, more than 25 musicians, advisors and managers from around the world will make up the jury.

The entire competition will be broadcast live by Medici TV and streamed by online media partners.

Violinists, clarinettists and flautists under the age of 30 are invited to apply. Applications close on 15 October.

Conditions for applying to the Carl Nielsen International Competition 2019:


The contestants shall meet the following conditions:

a) All competitions – flute, clarinet and violin – are open for all nationalities under the age of 30 on the first day of the competition. Flutists must be born on or after 21 March 1989. Clarinetists must be born on or after 21 March 1989. Violinists must be born on or after 21 March 1989.

b) The application must be completed and submitted online by 15 October 2018.

c) There is an application fee of DKK 750 to be paid by credit card. The applicant will be asked to submit their name and email after which they will be immediately redirected to the payment page.

d) The applicant will be asked to fill in an online application, which will require from them the following:

  • A portrait photo
  • A copy of his/her passport
  • Upload of video recordings of the applicant performing requested pieces as announced on the competition‘s official website
  • Maximum of 2000 characters biography
  • Maximum of 20 lines CV; include highlights and orchestral performances as soloist
  • Selection of which pieces he/she will be playing in all rounds and finals as announced on the competition’s website

e) Applicants will be informed in January 2019, as to whether they have been accepted as contestants in the Carl Nielsen International Competition.

f) Contestants must report to the Carl Nielsen International Competition before 15 January 2019, whether they wish to accept the invitation to the competition.

g) In extraordinary circumstances (force majeure), the General Manager of the competition may permit late arrivals to participate in the competition, if they report personally, no later than one day after the first round of the competition has begun.





21 March 2019

VIP Alexander Fiterstein Concert at the Levin Jewish Community Center

Durham, North Carolina

Alexander Fiterstein performs one of the greatest concertos ever written with Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.
Credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

For clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein playing an instrument was like reading, writing, and arithmetic: it was a requirement, not a hobby. His parents insisted he play the piano from a young age, and many of his early memories revolve around music.

Fiterstein remembers listening to the family record collection and becoming fascinated with the clarinet sounds in Beethoven’s symphonies. After years of taking piano lessons, he decided to pick up a second instrument, and while nobody was looking, he fell in love with the clarinet. A graduate of the Juilliard, Fiterstein is now a world-renowned clarinetist who splits his time between touring the world, recording albums, and serving as the chair of winds and professor of clarinet at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He also runs the Zimro Project, an ensemble dedicated to incorporating Jewish art music into chamber music programs, a project inspired by his family’s early move from the Soviet-controlled Belarus to Israel in search of a better life. Fiterstein performs with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. at Carolina Theatre of Durham. They will present “A Program of Pure Delights” featuring Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.



21 March - 22 June 2019

Macao Clarinet Asia Competition Clarinet and Bass Clarinet 2019




Sponsored by Yamaha, Storti. Licostini, Daddario, Legere Reeds.

Competition for Clarinettists and Bass Clarinettists residing in Asia.
1st round Video. International World Class Jury decides finalists.
All finalists are awarded candidates.
Finalists will perform on 22nd of June in Macao.
Three different categories and Special Prize for Macao musicians.

Under 18 Clarinettists
Between 28 and 18 Clarinettists
Under 30 Bass Clarinettists
All ages Special Prize for Macao ID holders
Fecha fin de plazo: 16 May 2019
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22 March 2019

Renowned Clarinetist and Composer Jorg Widmann performs his Clarinet Quintet and the Mozart Quintet K581 with the Hagen Quartet at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

New York City



Hagen Quartet
Jörg Widmann, Clarinet

Friday, March 22, 2019 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Hagen Quartet by Harald Hoffmann and Jörg Widmann by Marco Borggreve
The Guardian has praised composer-clarinetist Jörg Widmann for having “much to say about the way we hear the music of the past.” This fascinating composer and world-class clarinetist does just that when he joins the Hagen Quartet as soloist in Mozart’s autumnal and ever beautiful Clarinet Quintet, and gives the US premiere of his own quintet, a work co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The Hagen Quartet, called the “ideal string quartet” by the Los Angeles Times, also performs selections from Dvořák’s Cypresses, tenderhearted works based on his youthful love songs.

Part of: Chamber Sessions I and Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR

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JÖRG WIDMANN  Clarinet Quintet

Many composers have been drawn to the euphonious combination of clarinet and string quartet. Just as Brahms echoed Mozart’s masterful K. 581 in the tenderly yearning slow movement of his own Clarinet Quintet, so too does Jörg Widmann pay homage to the Viennese master in his recent contribution to the genre. The German clarinetist-composer is known for his ability to evoke the past in a contemporary idiom; he once said that “the most important thing in my artistic career has been to combine tradition and innovation.”


MOZART  Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

The luminous, broadly lyrical slow movement is the heart and soul of Mozart’s masterpiece. Like his Clarinet Concerto and Clarinet Trio, the A-Major Quintet was inspired by the extraordinary artistry of Austrian clarinetist Anton Stadler. Mozart’s love affair with the clarinet had been sparked by hearing the celebrated Mannheim court orchestra play, which convinced him that the Salzburg orchestra needed to upgrade its woodwind section. “Ah, if only we had clarinets too!” he wrote to his father.


Hagen Quartet
·· Lukas Hagen, Violin
·· Rainer Schmidt, Violin
·· Veronika Hagen, Viola
·· Clemens Hagen, Cello
Jörg Widmann, Clarinet


DVOŘÁK Selections from Echo of Songs (after Cypresses)
·· "I know that on my love"
·· "Death reigns"
·· "Here gaze I"
·· "Nature lies peaceful"

JÖRG WIDMANN Clarinet Quintet (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

MOZART Clarinet Quintet



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Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Pre-Concert Talk

Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM: Jörg Widmann and Hagen Quartet violinist Rainer Schmidt in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Senior Director and Artistic Adviser, Carnegie Hall.

22 March 2019

Yuan Yuan Master Class



22 March 2019 - Beginning Round through 27 April

Lima Symphony 59th Annual Young Artists Competition - Check details on the Website

Bluffton, Ohio


First Place Senior Division Piano: $1,000.00

First Place Senior Division Brass/Woodwinds: $1,000.00

Second Place Senior Division Piano: $700.00

Second Place Senior Division Brass/Woodwinds: $700.00

First Place Junior Division Piano: $600.00

First Place Junior Division Brass/Woodwinds: $600.00

Second Place Junior Division Piano: $400.00

Second Place Junior Division Brass/Woodwinds: $400.00

All activities take place at: 

Yoder Recital Hall 

Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio


Sponsored By:  Friends of the Symphony
                              Joe Warnement, President
                                        Crafton Beck, Music Director and Conductor


First place winners, upon recommendation of the Music Director, may appear as a featured soloist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra at a future date. 


Eligibility and Requirements

The Senior Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. Maximum age 26 years on the date of contest. Senior Piano will play one movement from any major concerto or concert piece published for piano and orchestra. Maximum time: 15 minutes. Senior Wind/Brass contestants must be prepared to perform one movement from a major concerto or concert piece published for solo instrument and orchestra. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes.  


The Junior Division is open to students 17 to 21 years on the date of contest. Younger students may be eligible based on the recommendation of their instructor and approval of the Young Artists' Committee Chairs. Junior Piano participants will play a selection published for piano and orchestra which is of the difficulty of the Mendelssohn G Minor Piano Concerto. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes. Junior Wind/Brass participants must be prepared to play a selections published for soloist and orchestra which is of the difficulty of a Haydn or Mozart Wind Concerto. Maximum performance time: 15 minutes. 


All contestants must perform music from MEMORY and must provide two copies of their music, including all cadenzas, for the judges.



Your completed application form with a non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 must be postmarked no later than March 22nd, 2019. Late registration fee is $25.00. Applications will be submitted in the order received until the competition is filled. Make checks payable to the Friends of the Symphony. Mail to: the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Attn: Young Artists Competition, P.O. Box 1651, Lima, Ohio 45802.

Contestants are responsible for their own expenses and must be prepared to remain for the evening concert on April 27th should they be selected as a finalist. Two contestants in each division will be selected to perform in the Finalist Concert. This performance will determine the First Place Winners. Please notify your accompanist of this requirement. 


For additional questions, please contact:

Kim Shanahan, 419-222-5701, Email: