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28 March 2019

VIP Wenzel Fuchs performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with the Zabreb Chamber Orchestra

Zageb, South Korea

UTube Video of Performance linked here

 

                       

                   

                   

                   

21 - 31 March 2019

Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition

Odense, Denmark

Results:   Award Ceremony recognizing the Prizewinners

Blaz Sparovec ,1st prize and has been awarded the Junior Jury Prize and the Odense Symphony Prize
Aron Chiesa ,2nd prize
Víctor Díaz ,3rd prize
Ann Lepage has been awarded the Prize for Best Interpretation of the new composition by Tobias Broström

1st Prize
12.000 EUROS
A RECORDING DEAL WITH ORCHID CLASSICS (STUDIO/PR/CONDUCTOR, VALUE OF 13.000 EURO)
APPEARANCE WITH UP TO 10 EUROPEAN ORCHESTRAS AND/OR FESTIVALS, AMONG OTHERS:
Odense Symfoniorkester, Copenhagen Phil, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Oslo-Filharmonien, Kungliga Filharmonikerna, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, Jönköpings Sinfonietta, Västerås Sinfonietta, and more to come

2nd Prize
10.000 EUROS

3rd Prize
8.000 EUROS

Prize for Best Interpretation
2.000 EUROS
NEW PIECE COMMISSIONED FOR EACH OF THE VIOLIN, CLARINET AND FLUTE COMPETITION

Odense Symphony Orchestra Prize
1.500 EUROS
AWARDED AMONG 3RD ROUND VIOLIN CONTESTANTS, AND FLUTE AND CLARINET FINALISTS

Children’s Jury Prize
1.500 EUROS
AWARDED AMONG THE FINALISTS

Follow the competitions here:
https://nielsen2019.medici.tv/
https://www.facebook.com/carlnielsencompetition/

 

 

 

30 March 2019

WA Concert Series - Golden Triangle with Senior VIPs Charles Neidich, Oshima Ayako and the Parker String Quartet

Wa Concert Series presents The Golden Triangle: Prague, Budapest and Vienna in Review

Charles Neidich, artistic director, C and A clarinets; Ayako Oshima, C clarinet;
Parker Quartet: Daniel Chong, Ken Hamao, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenri Cultural Institute

                                 The beginning of the baseball season seems an apt time for this metaphor: The Wa Concert Series hit another home run in its already estimable string of them last night. The Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, Ken Hamao, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello ) joined clarinetists Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima in concert. The general theme of Central Europe was the pretext for a wide variety of expression through music.

                               The curtain-raiser, so to speak (Tenri does not have a curtain), was Bohuslav Martinů’s Serenade for two clarinets and string trio, a 1951 work from his American period that Mr. Neidich stated was also influenced by sojourns in Paris and New York. This was not always apparent. One thing that is always reliable is the high level of craftsmanship of Martinů’s work. For me, his expressivity lies in his slow movements, while the quicker ones can sometimes feel a bit like they are on autopilot, despite the interesting rhythmic difficulties. The piece was played masterfully by Mr. Neidich, Ms. Oshima, and three members of the Parker Quartet.

                             The complete Parker Quartet followed the Martinů with a beautiful performance of György Kurtág’s Officium breve, in memoriam Andreae Szervanszky, a double-requiem (without words of course) for his colleague, Hungarian composer/clarinetist Endre Szervanszky, and their Austrian serialist predecessor, Anton Webern. It also memorializes cellist Tibor Turcsányi, recorder player Zsolt Baranyai, close friend Gabriella Garzó, and pianist György Szoltsányi. The fifteen minuscule movements have maximal expressive power, and the Parker Quartet’s perfection of style and intonation allowed even the uninitiated listener to share in the sense of sorrow; Kurtág, still active at 93, was a mentor to the group. Kurtág is here fascinated with the procedure known as canon (so important to Webern as well), and he utilizes references to Webern’s final work, the Kantate No. 2, Op. 31, a setting of six poems by Hildegard Jone that are mystical in content, and which Webern himself saw as a Missa brevis (Officium breve). Kurtág also self-quotes from his piano cycle Játékok, “Hommage à Szervánszky,” and song cycle The sayings of Péter Bornemisza, “Flowers we are,” and he quotes Szervanszky’s Serenade for String Orchestra. The audience held its applause for quite some time after the ending, always a good sign that the intensity of attention being paid was great.

                        After intermission, Mr. Neidich took the stage, again with the Parker Quartet, for a shattering, expressive performance of a repertoire staple, the Brahms Quintet for clarinet and string quartet in B minor, Op. 115, a work written from the heart and addressed to the heart. Thank goodness Brahms didn’t retire from composition, as he had announced after his Op. 111; he drew new inspiration from hearing the great clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld (Brahms gave him the nickname Fräulein Klarinette), and he created a beloved series of chamber works including the instrument (as well as piano pieces and Lieder), in which he further cemented his “late style”—every note is related organically to every other note, every motif recurs and interpenetrates, and there is in the quintet cyclic reference also (music from an earlier movement recurs).

                       That five musicians functioned as one would be the greatest understatement of my writing career. Sometimes in this work one hears a “diva” clarinet way out in front and four “others” supporting. Not so on this occasion! Every breath, every color, every phrase taper, was absolutely unanimous, yet always managed to sound completely “lived,” never over-planned. I could go on and on about Mr. Neidich, one of the greatest clarinetists in the world, but the Parker Quartet here matched him for inspiration: they made the hearty, warm Romantic sound so essential to this composer. I was particularly drawn to the cello work of Kee-Hyun Kim, so expressive, and his interplay with the other members. Also wonderful was the violist, Jessica Bodner. I don’t mean to neglect the violins either, but everyone knows the inner voices are more interesting!

                    The sense of leave-taking was palpable in the Brahms, and I can’t imagine there was a dry eye in the house (another long pause before clapping); they were brought back for four bows, but of course there is no “encore” possible after such a journey. I was ruminating on a line from the Hildegarde Jone poem: “By holy love’s great power.” As Mr. Neidich explained, there are references to the “Clara” theme (Clara Schumann, perhaps Brahms’ greatest unconsummated love), and even J.S. Bach. Thank goodness there was no Prozac in the nineteenth century!

                   By the way, the excellent dinner, included with one’s ticket and handmade by the multitalented Ayako Oshima , included two of Brahms’ favorites: sardines and chicken paprikash. Anyone who hasn’t attended a Wa concert, what are you waiting for? Two remain in this season.

                

30 March 2019

Troy University Clarinet Day - VIP Timothy Phillips, Director

Troy, Alabama USA

Pre Troy Interview with VIP Director Timothy Phillips

 

 

30 March 2019

University of Nebraska MidWest ClariFest - VIP Diane Barger, Director with Guest Artist Denise Gainey

Lincoln, Nebraska USA

 

 

            

30 March 2019

Senior VIP Karl Leister performs Chamber Concert with Flute and Piano with VIP Luigi Magistrelli

Bergamo, Italy

                  Karl Leister played last Friday in Abano Terme ( near Venice) in A Hotel with spa...yesterday in Bergamo Sala Piatti and this morning at 11 at the castle of Udine

 

 

                   

 

29 March 2019

Truman University Clarinet Master Class Day with VIP Jorge Montilla - Jesse Krebs, Host

Kirkville, Missouri

 

 

       

26 and 28 March 2019

VIP Wonkak Kim gives Master Classes covering New Music and Performance Techniques at Yale University, Senior VIP David Shifrin, Host, and at Princeton University

New Haven, Connecticut and Princeton, New Jersey

 

 

             

 

25 March 2019

VIP Wonkak Kim Master Class at the Buffet-Crampon New York Showroom

New York City USA

 

 

 

   

22 and 25 March 2019

World Renowned Clarinetist and Composer performs Premiere of his own Clarinet Quintet along with the Mozart Quintet at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and gives a Master Class at the Peabody Conservatory - VIP Alexander Fiterstein, Host

New York City and Baltimore, Maryland USA

                 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.

Performers

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

Program

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

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.

Clarinetist, composer, and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. The 2018–2019 season sees him appear as a soloist with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Susanna Mälkki, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Shao-Chia Lü, and NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Andrew Manze.

Mr. Widmann is artist in residence at Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, appearing as clarinetist (in a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto), conductor, composer, and lecturer. He is also in residence at the Orchestre de Paris, where his works feature in various concerts.

Chamber music performances in the 2018–2019 season include trio concerts with Tabea Zimmermann and Dénes Várjon, as well as quintet concerts with the Hagen Quartet. He gives chamber performances in the US in Baltimore and New York, and in Europe in Budapest, Freiburg, Hamburg, and Munich. In February, he gave the premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Joyce, a work written for him and commissioned by the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical.

Continuing his intense activities as a conductor, Mr. Widmann performs this season with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Boulez Ensemble, and Kammerakademie Potsdam, and tours Germany with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. As the principal conductor, he leads the Irish Chamber Orchestra in concerts in Ireland, and embarks on a tour to South America with concerts in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro.

In August 2018, Mr. Widmann conducted the premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 2, performed by Carolin Widmann with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. This season sees performances of this piece with the Orchestre de Paris, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Widmann performs regularly with renowned orchestras, such as Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, and Christoph von Dohnányi.

                           A once in a lifetime masterclass with Jörg Widmann at Peabody Conservatory yesterday working on his own compositions as well as Brahms. We were so fortunate to be there and he gave us so much. Bravo to Sheng Chen, Jay Shankar and Chad Thomas.

 

                 

24 March 2019

Cleveland Institute Faculty Chamber Recital with Senior VIP Franklin Cohen and Colleagues

Cleveland, Ohio USA

Performed by

 

           

19 March 2019

Joseph Eller and Thomas Russell Perform Clarinet and Organ Concert and Mr Eller conducts Master Class -  VIP Timothy Phillips, Host

Troy, Alabama USA

 

             

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

 

 

   

17 - 18 March 2019

 

VIP Sharon Kam performs Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto Op 74 with the Staatsoper Orchester Hannover

 

Hannover, Germany

 

 

 

 

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 Osborn 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

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Mons and  Bremen, Germany

 

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

www.wka-clarinet.org/VIP-Fuchs.htm

Participants:


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

Biography


            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

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

                Romanza

                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

                Vivace

 

                Charles Neidich, Clarinet

                Mariko Furukawa, Piano

 

            Intermission

 

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 www.silversteinworks.com/sgcc/ for more details.
Facebook Group page is opened at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SGCC2019/
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Goal


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 https://www.silversteinworks.com/sgcc/sgcc-hosts/     We hope that this contest is exciting and engaging for all participants.


Rules

-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 contestadmin@silversteinworks.com
-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
Eligibility


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.


Prizes
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.

 

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