Click over Logo to Home Page

                Click here to  WKA Website Directory

March 2019 Hot News


17 March 2019

VIP Annelien Van Wauwe performs Brahms Clarinet Quintet Op 115 with the Malibran Quartet 

Lier, Belgium




 16 - 17 March 2019

University of Alabama at Birmingham Clarinet Symposium - Dr Denise Gainey, Director - with Guest Artists Sean Orsborn and Shawn Copeland


Birmington, Alabama USA




 8 - 9 and 12 March 2019


VIP and Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker   Wenzel Fuchs -  Concert and Master Class


Mons and  Bremen, Germany


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


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 professor at Mozarteum in Salzburg.


        In addition to many master classes 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.


      On 12 March, Mr Fuchs conducted an extensive Master Class with students in Bremen for a full house of interested players and teachers.



10 March 2019

Pierre Genisson Soloist with the Sichuan Symphony - Darrell Ang, Conductor, performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K297b

Sichuan, China



9 - 10 March 2019

Brandon University Clarinet Festival with Jose Franch-Ballester

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada


8 March 2019

VIP and Solo Clarinetist in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Faculty at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music Alan R Kay performs Mozart Clarinet Quintet K581 with the Callodor String Quartet at the University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware USA



8 March 2019

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

Cleveland, Ohio USA

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.


4 - 5 March 2019

Reeds Course with Hanstoni Kaufmann - how to make and to correct the Clarinet´s Reeds at the Universität Mozarteum - VIP Wenzel Fuchs, Host

Salzburg, Austria


3 March 2019

VIP Alan R Kay - Faculty at the Juilliard School and Solo Clarinetist in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra gives Master Class with Colleagues - Montclair Clarinet Festival

Montclair, New Jersey USA





3 March 2019

Master Class and Recital with John Cipolla at Truman State University - Dr Jesse Krebs, Host

Kirkville, Missouri USA

                John Cipolla began the day by performing Donotoni's virtuosic "Due Pezzi" and then worked with two clarinetists in a master class (one played a Rose etude and the other performed William Albright's "Saints Preserve Us." He then guided everyone through a demonstration of how to make a single reed from tube cane and everyone got the chance to make their own reed using the equipment he brought. We had lots of fun and learned a lot!




2 March 2019

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

New Jersey USA

                       It was my great pleasure to host such an Inspiring clarinet masterclass & recital featuring Ricardo Morales, assisted by pianist David Pasbrig, at Rowan University today. Also, big applause goes to the performers in the masterclass, Alex Phipps, Liz Cicali, Anthony McDonnell-Johnson, and Lia Joelle Boncoeur, for their fantastic playing. Thank you all for attending this event, so wonderful to see so many people from NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, and DC 🎶🎵 #rowanuniversityclarinetstudio




2 March 2019

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

Morehead, Kentucky USA





2 March 2019

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

Commerce, Texas USA




1 March 2019

Lamar University Clarinet Day

Beaumont, Texas USA


1 March 2019

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

New York City USA

Senior VIP Charles Neidich speaks about this concert and its purpose

                   We were 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 took place at the Tenri Cultural institute of New York


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



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.


Copyright © 1999 All rights reserved.
  Revised: March 17, 2019