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Vandoren Interview with Senior VIP Stanley Drucker regarding his career experiences, development, and the Heritage Series recently released


 The Heritage Collection encompassing 2 editions Vol 1 - 5 CDs, and 2nd Edition - 2 CDs showcase legendary performances by Legend of the New York Philharmonic Stanley Drucker.  The 2nd Edition contains Hallmark performances of the most important achievements including the Debussy Rhapsody and the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with Leonard Bernstein, and the Corigliano Clarinet Concerto with Zubin Mehta.  To have these 3 hallmarks plus many other master performances,  should be in every clarinetist's possession, especially teachers and serious students.   I know of no other offering with such power of artistry. All the works recorded here including the Bartok Contrasts, recorded by Bela Bartok's son Peter, the most definative Bartok ever recorded, and the performances of the Spohr 6 German Songs with renowned soprano Judith Blegen is exemplary.   A suggested required collection students should have to open their minds about great playing and a goal setter.

Stanley Drucker Heritage Collection From The Vaults ClarinetFest 2019 Promotion

Home  >>  Stanley Drucker Heritage Collection From The Vaults ClarinetFest 2019 Promotion

The time is now to order the complete Stanley Drucker Heritage Collection at a special ClarinetFest 2019 price!

Stanley Drucker elevated the technical and musical artistry levels of clarinet performance on three seminal recordings during his long and illustrious career – Bartók Contrasts, Nielsen Concerto and the Corigliano Concerto. Now for the first time ever, these three recordings can be heard together as part of the latest edition in the Heritage Collection: From The Vaults.



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  “Heritage Collection Live in Concert celebrates the legacy of clarinetist Stanley Drucker as a very active chamber musician, featuring recordings of works collected from live performances from a span of over 30 years. Each of the 5 discs included in the collection could stand on its own; the repertoire is varied and each work compliments the next. An abundance of bonus material is included with the set. These materials provide valuable insight into the music, life, and career of Stanley Drucker. Each performance included in this set is exceptional. The musicianship exhibited by Drucker and all collaborators is truly remarkable. Drucker’s playing boasts immense technical command and precision, but also sensitivity and subtleties that blend seamlessly with the other musicians. Stanley Drucker’s artistry is presented here in its purest form; these live recordings transport the listener to share in the legacy of this prominent and legendary clarinetist.”

– Karl Kolbeck, Wayne State University – The Clarinet June 2018



30 August - 3 September 2019

1st New Millenium International Chamber Music Competition and Master Classes

Budapest, Hungary


2 - 11 and 09 - 19   September 2019

ARD International Clarinet Competition at the Bavarian Rundfunk

Munich, Germany

How it all began…

It took place for the first time in 1952: the ARD International Music Competition, one of the most renowned and large-scale competitions of its kind. It was founded by the public broadcasting radio stations of the Federal Republic of Germany, managed by Bavarian Broadcasting in Munich and takes place every year in September. For many of today’s world-famous artists, an award from the ARD International Music Competition in Munich represented a spring board to their major careers: Jessye Norman, Franklin Cohen, Francisco Araiza, Natalia Gutman, Christoph Eschenbach, Mitsuko Uchida, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam,Heinz Holliger, Peter Sadlo, Maurice André and the Quatuor Ebène, to name but a few.

The Competition Today

Over the years, the ARD International Music Competition with its annually changing line-up of musicians has developed into an internationally singular and highly regarded institution. It offers not only singers and pianists but also all the other instrumentalists the podium of an international competition, both for solo and chamber music performance. Since 2001, the presence of contemporary music has been considerably reinforced through commissions to prominent composers.

Each year an average of 400 to 600 young musicians apply to take part in the competition. Then, following a preliminary round, some 200 competitors from 35 to 40 countries actually appear. The international renown of the ARD Music Competition can be noted by the high percentage of non-German participants (88 %).

The 68 th ARD International Music Competition Munich will take place from September 2 to 20, 2019 in the categories Violoncello, Clarinet, Bassoon and Percussion. Application deadline is March 31, 2019.

All competitiors who reach the second round will be provided with the cost of accommodation and meals from the second round on for the duration of their further participation in the audition process.

Concert managers, concert agencies and respresentatives of the music industry will be invited to the final rounds and the prize winners' concert.

Please click here for the ARD website and more information.


Stand: 10.11.2018 |Bildnachweis


Philippe Berrod
Shirley Brill
Michael Collins
Eric Hoeprich
Nina Janßen
Kari Kriikku
Charles Neidich

ARD-Musikwettbewerb 2019 Repertoire Klarinette

Stand: 10.11.2018 |Bildnachweis

a) FERRUCCIO BUSONI, Concertino op. 48
b) IGOR STRAWINSKY, Drei Stücke für Klarinette solo

Erster Durchgang (20–25 Min.)
1. Eines der folgenden Werke:
ARIBERT REIMANN, Solo für Klarinette
GIACINTO SCELSI, Preghiera per un’ombra

2. Eines der folgenden Konzerte:
LOUIS SPOHR, Nr. 1 c-Moll op. 26

Zweiter Durchgang (max. 45 Min)
3. Eines der folgenden Werke:
JOHANNES BRAHMS, Sonate op. 120 Nr. 1 oder Nr. 2
MAX REGER, Sonate op. 49 Nr. 1 oder Nr. 2

4. Eines der folgenden Werke:
ALBAN BERG, Vier Stücke für Klarinette und Klavier op. 5
ERNEST CHAUSSON: Andante et Allegro
CLAUDE DEBUSSY, Rhapsodie für Klarinette und Klavier Nr. 1
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ, Sonatina für Klarinette und Klavier
FRANCIS POULENC, Sonate für Klarinette und Klavier

5. MARK SIMPSON, Auftragskomposition des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD 2019, finanziert durch die Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

Die Noten werden mit der Zulassung zum Wettbewerb zugesandt. Das Auftragswerk darf von Noten gespielt werden, es darf vor dem Wettbewerb nicht öffentlich aufgeführt werden.

Semifinale mit dem Münchener Kammerorchester
Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester KV 622

Finale mit dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester
7. Eines der folgenden Konzerte für Klarinette und Orchester:

Auswendig vorzutragen sind die Werke aus den Werkgruppen Nr. 2 und 6.


3 - 8 September 2019

David Orlowski Master Class

Pistoiya, Italy


3 - 7 September 2019

VIP Sharon Kam at International MusikFest

Graz, Austria

5 September 2019

Paul Meyer Concert and Master Class

Moscow, Russia

6 - 7 September 2019

VIP Wenzel Fuchs Soloist with the Berliner Kammerorchester at the Charlottenplatzperforming Roland Mell Clarinet Concerto

Berlin, Germany

6 - 8 September 2019

Master Class with Giammarco Casani

San Vito de Normann, Brazil


4 - 8 September 2019

Hong Kong Clarinet Festival

Hong Kong, China

8 September 2019

American Chamber Ensemble Gala Fundraiser Concert at Hofstra University

Hempstead, Long Island, New York

American Chamber Ensemble  
Gala Music Party and Fundraiser  
September 8 at Hofstra University in Hempstead

The renowned American Chamber Ensemble, celebrating its 54th Anniversary, will present its Gala Annual Music Party and Fundraiser on Sunday, September 8 at 3 PM on the 10th floor of Hofstra University's Joan & Donald E Axinn Library, located at 123 Hofstra Blvd in Hempstead, NY.
Guest soprano Karen Lehman DiMartino will join ACE Director, pianist Marilyn Lehman, along with pianist and founding Director Blanche Abram, clarinetist and ACE Assistant Director Minday Dragovich, violinists Eriko Sato and Deborah Wong, violist Lois Martin and cellist Chris Finckel in a program of informal music making that will preview the upcoming 54th season of Music of the Americas concerts.

Admission to the Gala Annual Music Party concert is $20. Admission to the Party fundraiser is by contribution only. For category information, benefits and fundraiser reservations, please visit or call 631-242-5684 or 516-586-3433.
ACE is part of Amazon Smile. Your purchases at will benefit us.

8 September 2019

Steel City Clarinet Day







SEPTEMBER 8, 2019    1-6 PM


Dr. Amanda Morrison, Director

                          Event Director

                      Slippery Rock University


Masterclass on Cavallini’s “Adagio and Tarantella” with Student Performers, Clarinet Choir, Reed Workshop, Vendors, Giveaways, Final Concert with All Participants

  Register at                                               


               Dr. Lynda Dembowski

            United States Naval Academy Band

                      Towson University



              Dr. Rosemary Engelstad

              Indiana University of Pennsylvania




9 - 12 September 2019

Davide Lattuada Bass Clarinet Master Class

12th to the 15th September 2019


Laura Ruiz Ferreres, Professor de l'Hochschule für Musik und Kunst in Frankfurt Darstellende, Director

Amposta (Terragono) Spain

                  The course focuses on aspects such as study techniques, breathing techniques as well contemporary music techniques including "slap tongue", Multiphonics, circular breathing, frullatto, the understanding of the two existing systems of clarinet (French or Boehm and German or Oehler) and interpretation of the clarinet repertoire including orchestral, solo and chamber music.


13 - 14 September 2019

Las Vegas Clarinet/Saxophone Extravaganza

Las Vegas, Nevada

14 September 2019

VIP Ayako Oshima Neidich Pre College Faculty Recital at the Juilliard School

New York City

Program information:

From Tokyo to Prague (Via New York)

Ayako Oshima, Clarinet
Mohamed Shams, Piano
Charles Neidich, Guest Clarinet

Takashi YOSHIMATSU 4 Pieces in Bird Shape
Akira MIYOSHI Perspective en Spirale for Clarinet Solo
Elliott CARTER Hiyoku
Bohuslav MARTINU Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano

14 - 15 September 2019

Massimo Mazzone Master Class

Porchia, Italy

14 - 25 September 2019

Marco Antonio Mazzini Concerts and Master Classes in Russia

Moscow, Russia

14 - 23 September 2019

13th International Music Competition Michel Swisak

Dabrowa, Gurnicza




On September 14, 2019, we will again celebrate birthday of Michał Spisak – an outstanding Polish composer from Dąbrowa Górnicza, by inaugurating the 13th Michał Spisak International Music Competition. On September 23, we will select young instrumental masters in the harp, clarinet and saxophone specialties! Participants' applications will be accepted until June 14, 2019!

The next year's edition of the competition is addressed to saxophonists, clarinetists and harpists from around the world, who will not be over 30 on the day of the start of this great musical event. The competition has for years become the forge of young instrument masters. Its laureates are valued soloists and members of the largest orchestras in the country and abroad.

The participants will have to go through three stages of auditions, the last stage will take place with the accompaniment of the Zabrze Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, traditionally conducted by Sławomir Chrzanowski! The international jury consisting of outstanding musicians and educators from polish and foreign universities, representing musical artistry and knowledge of instrumental specialties will be chaired by Arkadiusz Arek Adamski, from Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

71 participants from various places of the globe took part in previous edition of the Michał Spisak International Music Competition, from whom an international podium was selected (in the categories bassoon, horn and double bass).

The organizers: The Zagłębie Palace of Culture, the city of Dąbrowa Górnicza and Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
So send your application and practice the program!


15 September 2019

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra and Amitai Vardi celebrate Jewish music in season opener

Cleveland, Ohio

                       There’s something poetic about the way BlueWater Chamber Orchestra will open its tenth anniversary season next week. Israeli-American clarinetist Amitai Vardi, a member of BlueWater since the ensemble’s beginning, will solo in Srul Irving Glick’s The Klezmer’s Wedding on Sunday, September 15 at The Temple-Tifereth Israel. That’s part of a 3:00 pm program led by Daniel Meyer that will celebrate Jewish music.

                      The Klezmer’s Wedding is an important work for Vardi: he gave the North American premiere of the concerto version in 2004 at the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

                      Glick, who has been celebrated for his contributions to Jewish music, passed away in 2002 in his native Toronto. “The way that he captures klezmer music in the concert hall, as opposed to within a klezmer band, is unique, beautiful, and a lot of fun,” Vardi said. He also pointed out the composer’s authentic handling of Jewish music, saying that this concerto could easily be part of a Jewish wedding. “When I’m playing it, I definitely imagine walking around though the guests and wailing a klezmer tune.”

                     Vardi is classically trained and grew up in a household full of classical music, but klezmer was never far away. “Living in Israel — and Jewish life being the way that it is — there’s always at least a hint of klezmer surrounding you, even when you don’t realize it,” the clarinetist said. He noted that years later, as a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Indiana University, he played in klezmer bands.

                    The ability to bend a pitch up and down is one technique that clarinetists need in their arsenal, especially in klezmer. “I find it fun,” Vardi said. “In a sense, it’s a little bit less refined than the classical music world, which makes it sometimes more exciting. You can let go and allow the sound to not be as exact as we are trained to do.”

                   The title of Sunday’s program, “Meditations and Serenades,” comes from Norman Dello Joio’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Meditations on Ecclesiastes and Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings. Dello Joio’s work, a musical interpretation of Old Testament Verses, will feature cantor Kathy Sebo as guest artist. “I know her singing and she’s absolutely wonderful,” Vardi said.

                  The clarinetist is just about everywhere in the area’s music scene. He’s Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Kent State University, plays in the school’s resident Black Squirrel Wind Quintet, teaches in CIM’s Preparatory Division, and plays principal in both BlueWater and the Erie Philharmonic. He’s also been spotted sitting in with The Cleveland Orchestra as a substitute, “which has been incredibly influential,” he said. And his past positions with local freelance groups are too many to name.

                 He’s also spreading his name further around the country. He plays in the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in New York and teaches at the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas, an experience he’s thoroughly enjoyed. “It’s been exciting to work with so many first-class music students,” he said.

                We closed our conversation reflecting on his time in BlueWater, which he called “an incredible journey.” That began with the late Carlton Woods. “He put the orchestra together and really made it a staple of the community,” Vardi said.

               The road continues with Daniel Meyer, who was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor in April, and who was already Vardi’s colleague in Erie, where he is Music Director. “It’s been amazing to work with him because he’s so charismatic and he’s such a fantastic musician,” Vardi said. “I feel like we have a wonderful thing going at the moment, and I’m looking forward to the next ten years. We’re working on getting out into more communities, and we have a lot of fun together.”

            Tickets for Sunday’s program are available here.


15 September 2019

TEMPO Chamber Concert at CSUN

Northridgr, California

15 September 2019

Colorado Clarinet Day - University of Denver - Dr Jeremy Reynolds, Director

Denver, Colorado


                       Welcome to the eighth annual Colorado Clarinet Day! It is once again time to enjoy a day of great clarinet music. This year we will welcome Diane Barger from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Denise Gainey from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Clarinetists from the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Springs Philharmonic will join the professors from CU-Boulder, DU, CSU and MSU-Denver in an exciting potpourri recital. Back by popular demand, a massed clarinet ensemble will present a concert of exciting clarinet choir tunes. Finally, we'll host our High School Young Artist Competition and the winner will perform their solo piece that evening. 


15 September 2019

VIP Sabine Grofmeier Chamber Concert

Hamburg, Germany

19 September 2019

Chamber Music Boston Trio Concert with VIP Jonathan Cohler and Friends

Cambridge, Massachussetts

Music of Bard College this Thursday @ 7:30pm featuring internationally distinguished violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, world-renowned clarinet soloist Jonathan Cohler and yours truly. Program includes works by Mozart, Clara Schumann, Kos-Anatolsky, Bartók & Stravinsky. FREE tickets available at… — at Longy School of Music of Bard College.


20 September 2019

Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra Concert with Competition winner Shihao Hugh Zhu, clarinet, student artist  performing Copland Clarinet Concerto

Cleveland, Ohio


There will be a live broadcast on WCLV 104.9 FM and with support from Audio-Technica. Mélisse Brunet’s appearance is made possible by the Kulas Visiting Artist Series funded by the Kulas Foundation.

Explore the full program.


  • RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
  • COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
  • SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, “Organ Symphony”

Performed by

  • Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
  • Mélisse Brunet, guest conductor
  • Shihao Hugh Zhu, clarinet, student artist
  • Hannah Koby, organ, student artist

Ticket Information

22 - 26 September 2019

III Monterrey Clarinet Festival

Monterrey, Mexico

23 - 24 September 2019 - Concert 1 October 2019

Austrian Cultural Forum of New York City

New York City



TUESDAY, OCT 01 2019, 07:30 PM

In this special concert, Maria Prinz (piano) and Reinhard Wieser (clarinet) pay tribute to André Previn (1929-2019) and Alfred Prinz (1930 -2014). In addition, the program features works by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.


Alfred Prinz (1930-2014):
Sonata for clarinet and piano (1989)
Allegro energico
Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Non troppo Allegro

Robert Schumann (1810-1856):
3 Romances op.94
Not fast
Simple, deeply
Not fast

Franz Schubert (1797-1828):
Three pieces for clarinet and piano (version by Andrew Marriner)
An die Musik/To The Music

André Previn (1929-2019):
Sonata for clarinet and piano (2010)
Quarter Note=Ca.116
Very slow



Reinhard Wieser, clarinet
Maria Prinz, piano


Hailed as "brilliant" and "deeply sensitive," pianist Maria Prinz is widely in demand as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Ms. Prinz has performed with leading orchestras throughout Europe, including several performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, collaborating with renowned conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa and Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival. As a recitalist, Ms. Prinz has concertized in the U.S., Japan, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries. She has performed at leading venues and festivals around the world, including the Salzburg Festival, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (Japan) and in Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican Centre in London and in Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan. Her chamber music collaborations include numerous performances with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, international artists, such as Andrew Marriner, Patrick Gallois, Philippe Pierlot and world- famous singers Ludovic Tézier, Krassimira Stoyanova and Matthias Goerne. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Prinz has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1987.

Reinhard Wieser studied with Alfred Prinz of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He won the position of Principal Clarinet of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the age of nineteen and enjoys holding this position since then. In addition to his long-term career in the ensemble, he has worked as a soloist with renowned conductors including Claus Peter Flor, Fabio Luisi Johannes Wildner, Miguel Á. Gómez Martínez, Oleg Caetani, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bertrand de Billy, Yakov Kreizberg and Georges Prětre. Reinhard Wieser plays chamber music with the Wiener Kammermusiker, the Johann Strauss Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as well as with renowned artists including Renaud Capucon and Philippe Jordan, the current chief conductor of the VSO. Various projects have included colleagues like Rainer Honeck, Thomas Christian, Maria Prinz, Jasminka Stancul and Christopher Hinterhuber. Since 1996 Reinhard Wieser has had his own class as a Professor at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. He has held master classes in Austria, Germany, Spain, Malta, Venezuela, Japan and the United States (Bloomington Jacobs School of Music, Michigan State University).


28 September 2019

VIP Sabine Grofmeier performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with the Neue Philharmonie Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany


Laeiszhalle Hamburg Kleiner Saal
Sa, 28.9.2019   20 Uhr


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ouvertüre zu »Die Zauberflöte« KV 620
Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-Dur KV 622
Sinfonie g-Moll KV 550

28 September 2019

Houston Clarinet Camp

Spring, Texas

28 September 2019

Riccardo Crocilla Master Class

Occhiobello (Rovigo), Italy

30 September - 4 October 2019

Costa Rica Clarinet Festival

Costa Rica



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