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For all former Russianoff Students, mark your date for 14 February 16 as seen below:


Memorial Celebration for Leon Russianoff - 26 years after his passing away in 1990 - Manhattan School of Music - VIP Charles Neidich and Mike Getzin, Directors







Buffet-Crampon 190th Birthday Celebration with Clarinet Artist Dignitaries Worldwide in Performance and Reflection of the Clarinet Makers' Legacy from 1825 - Paris, France - 23 November 2015



VIP Ricardo Morales, Solo Clarinetist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with the Columbus Symphony - 20 - 21 November 2015





VIP's Charles Neidich, Wenzel Fuchs, Pascual Martinez-Forteza and Berliner Philharmoniker Conductor Sir Simon Rattle at Beethoven 9 Rehearsal, and Juilliard Claarinet Students with their mentor Charles Neidich and the above luminaries with Sir Simon Rattle










Andreas Ottensamer with Manhattan Students after Master Class and Wenzel Fuchs with Student and BK Son, President of Silverstein Works


Berliner Philharmoniker at Carnegie Hall in New York Performing complete Beethoven Symphony Cycle on Tour after Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna - 15 - 21 November 2015 -  Clarinet Master Classes given by Solo Klarinettists VIP Wenzel Fuchs at Juilliard School 19 November, and VIP Andreas Ottensamer 18 November at the Manhattan School of Music



VIP Wenzel Fuchs, Principal Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker, appointed as Professor of Klarinette at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg effective Oktober 2015 (in addition to position with the Berliner Philharmoniker)




VIP John Bruce Yeh Major Recital at the Interlochen Fine Arts Academy (Michigan) with Nozomi Khudyev, Pianist,  World Premiere of James Stephensen Clarinet Sonata - 18 November 2015






Alexander Fitelstein Performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Minnesota), replacing Martin Frost who was indisposed due to illness. Concerts were held 11 - 12 November 2015 with upcoming Asian Tour immediately following



Senior VIP Franklin Cohen, Solo Clarinet Emeritus of the Cleveland Orchestra, with Students of VIP Kevin Schempf - Bowling Green State University, Ohio - 7 November 2015








Guest Artist and Acting Principal Clarinetist in the Washington National Symphony Eugene Mondie performing Weber Clarinet Quintet Op 34


The United States Navy Band Clarinet Day, VIP Laura Grantier, Director - Washington Navy Yard, DC - 7 November 2015











VIP and Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker Wenzel Fuchs performs a Charity Concert in Paris for the Fukishima situation in Japan - 5 November 2015






Master Class with Bass Clarinetist Sasha Potiomkin (Houston Symphony) at the Buffet New York Showroom - 5 November 2015







Boston Clarinet Academy Master Class weekend with Senior VIP and Solo Clarinetist Emeritus in the Cleveland Orchestra Franklin Cohen hosted by VIP Jonathan Cohler - 31 October - 1 November 2015







Maria Ross in class session with Cleveland Institute students and with Senior VIP Frank Cohen and Mike Getzin



Maria Ross in class session at Eastman showing the Bassett A Clarinet of Mozart's time and with VIP Kenneth Grant, Professor




Class session and demonstration of Pre-Oeler Klarinettes used by Muhlfeld during period of Brahms and Period instruments inthe time of Johann Molter and his Clarinet Concertos at Northwestern University in Evansville, Illinois and DePaul University in Chicago



Senior VIP and Solo Clarinetist Emeritus in the Chicago Symphony Larry Combs and Marie Ross at DePaul University


VIP Maria Ross Historic Clarinet Exhibition Master Class USA Tour from Germany visiting


October 26, 2015 Cleveland Institute of Music
October 27, 2015 18:00 - 20:00 Eastman School of Music
October 29, 2015, 16:30 - 18:00 Northwestern University
October 30, 2015 DePaul University
November 3, 2015 11:00 - 12:20 University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
November 3, 2015 19:00 - 21:00 Wheaton College Conservatory of Music





Senior VIP Franklin Cohen (Principal Clarinetist Emeritus of the Cleveland Orchestra, in Recital at the Tremont Chamber Music Series including with World Premiere of a Clarinet Sonata written for Mr Cohen by composer David Conte - 26 October 2015




Senior VIP Franklin Cohen (Principal Clarinetist Emeritus of the Cleveland Orchestra, in Recital at the Cleveland Institute of Music including with World Premiere - 21 October 2015



Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 International Clarinet Competition Mercadante !Carlos Alexandre Ferreira (PT)


Ales Tvrdik, Czech Republic - JUNIOR SOLOISTS

Rokas Makstudis (LT) - 1st Prize, Young Soloists



Further information regarding winners posted here:


11th Mercadante International Clarinet Competition,   VIP Antonio Tinelli, Director - Bari, Italy - 15 - 22 October 2015



Andrew Marriner (Solo Clarinetist in London Symphony) Master Class at the Buffet Crampon New York Showroom - 21 October 2015




Upcoming Clarinet legend Martin Frost as Soloist with the Gewandhaus Orchester of Leipzig, Germany in Performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto K 622 with Riccardo Chailly Conducting at the Paris Philharmonie  - 18 October 2015 as part of multi National Tour




Emerson Street Clarinet Quartet, winners of the 2015 Woodwind Ensemble Competition. Pictured here with judges VIP Stephen Williamson, Andrew Somerville, Jennifer Clippert, and Edward Benyas.

Chicago Clarinet Ensemble Small Ensemble Competition at Northeast Illinois University - VIP Rose Sperrazza, Director 17 October 2015





VIP's Guy Yehuda and Robert Spring in Recital and VIP's Michael Norseworthy in Recital and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Master Classes with Faculty 


Michigan State University Clarinet Extravaganza - VIP's Guy Yehuda and Elsa Ludewig Verdehr, Directors - East Lansing, Michigan - 11 October 2015


1st Prize Andrea Fallico - Italy
2nd Prize
Daniel Gurfinkel - Israel

3rd Prize - Grelus Radu - Romania

Start of work on the jury of the lions European music competition thomas kuti-Augsburg (Germany). With VIP Ludmilla Ludmila Peterková (Soloist and professor at the conservatory of Prague), VIP Stephan Vermeersch (Soloist and president of the European Clarinet Association), Alexandra Gruber (first clarinet of Munich Philarmonics) and Harald Harrer (Professor of the university of Augsburg). 17 European countries have selected their representatives for the final 2 tests that are taking place in Germany. I really like the motto proposed by the organisation that suggests to help grow the perception of Europe through the music. Also, finalists of Thomas Kuti competition of Augsburg (Germany): Andrea Phallica (Italy), Leandra Brehn (Germany), Vera-Maria Kerner (Austria), Ioan Radu Grelus (Romania), Lilian Lefebvre (France) and Daniel Gurfinkel (Israel)


LIONS EUROPEAN MUSICAL COMPETITION (LEMC) - 2015 CLARINET - Augsburg, Germany - 8 - 9 October 2015




VIP Harri Maki, Solo Clarinetist in the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and Chairman of the Clarinet Faculty at the Sibelius Academy  - Master Class at the Cleveland Institute of Music - hosted by VIP Franklin Cohen - 8 October 2015


Pre-concert lecture with Oded Zehavi,
Israel Institute Schusterman Visiting Artist

ZEHAVI   Seagull for Violin and Piano (2001)
SCHULHOFF   Duo for Violin and Cello (1925)
MESSIAEN   Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (1940-41)

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Franklin Cohen, clarinet
Joan Kwuon, violin
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello

Violins of Hope Chamber concert at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Senior VIP Franklin Cohen - 7 October 2015



Jerome Selmer, Director, talks about design and innovations, and Philippe Berrod and Alain Billard in Performance, and Pedagogical meeting with guest artists and performance with VIP David Krakauer

Selmer (Paris) Rencontres Pedagoques Clarinettes Day - 2 October 2015 Paris, France



Allentown Symphony with Emmanuel Ax Soloist performing 2nd Beethoven Piano Concerto, Diane Wittry, conducting: Orchestra members celebrating their long tenure with this Orchestra, and Music Director Diane Wittry with Ed Pawlowski


VIP and Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania) Music Director Diane Wittry Celebrates her 20 years as Conductor - 1 October 2015



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2015 Headline Galleries


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