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16 September 2018


University of Colorado Clarinet Day  -  Dr Daniel Silver, Director   


Boulder, Colorado USA







9 September 2018


VIP Nicola Jeurgensen, Solo Klarinettist in the WDR Radio Sinfonie Orchester Koln, retires after 17 years and becomes Professor at the Folkwang Academy of Music


Essen, Germany


                   German clarinettist Nicola Jürgensen studied with Hans Deinzer and Sabine Meyer. From an early date her success in national and international music competitions brought her name to the attention of a wider audience.
Among her awards are the Mozart Prize awarded by the Wiesbaden Mozart Society and the German Music Competition Soloists`Prize in 1999. Three years later she was awarded a scholarship by German Radio, including concerts at the Bremen Music Festival.

                  Nicola Jürgensen has been principal clarinet with the Western German Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR) in Cologne since 2001, successfully combining her orchestral duties with her career as a soloist.
As the latter she has appeared with the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin (DSO), the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the German Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin and Leipzig (MDR) and the State Theatre orchestras of Braunschweig, Freiburg, Kassel, Rostock and Saarbrücken.

                 She also performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestras of Poland, Basel and Vienna as well as the Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg, the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO) and Chamber Orchestra Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in Berlin.
Among the conductors with whom she has worked are Stefan Blunier, Roy Goodman, Hartmut Haenchen, Christopher Hogwood, Carlos Kalmar, Fabio Luisi, Andrea Marcon, Peter Rundel and Peter Ruzicka.

               Nicola Jürgensen is also very fond of performing chamber music.
On invitation of the Artemis Quartet, she has played Karl Amadeus Hartmann`s Chamber Concerto for clarinet and string quartet.
Other musicians whom she has appeared with in recitals include the Minguet Quartet and the Trio Jean Paul.

              In 2008 she played the part of „Eva“ in a production of Karlheinz Stockhausens`s opera „Michael`s Journey Around The Earth“ by Carlus Padrissa and La Fura dels Baus.
The production was seen at Vienna Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Festival d`Automne Paris and elsewhere.
Among other international festivals Nicola Jürgensen has appeared in are the Rheingau Music Festival and the chamber music festivals of Risör (Norway) and Lockenhaus (Austria).

              A high point of the season 2011/12 was the performance of Johann Wilhelm Wilms` long-lost clarinet concerto with the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Reinhard Goebel.

              On her debut CD „Dans La Nuit“ released with ORFEO in april 2012, she is presenting self-arranged french chamber music and songs together with her long-term pianist Matthias Kirschnereit.

              In 2013 she performed as a soloist with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin as well as bringing Giya Kantcheli`s „Night Prayers“ on stage with the WDR Symphony Orchestra.
The season also included her debuts at Lincoln Center Festival New York, Wuhan Festival (China) and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand.

              2014 and 2015 brought her to Bangkok, where together with collaborators from Thailand and the German  Goethe Institute, Nicola Jürgensen established the „German Masters Music Festival“, a series of concerts and masterclasses.

             She also returned to Wuhan Festival, China, performing both Mozart and Weber concertos with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra.

             Nicola Jürgensen has given numerous international masterclasses.




26 August to 2 September 2018


4th Edition of the Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition - Final Competition takes place Rouen, France from the 17th of October until the 24th of October 2019

Yokosuka, Japan




 1 September 2018


VIP Wenzel Maria Fuchs marks 25th Year as Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker, successor to Senior VIP Karl Leister


Berlin, Germany


                      Wenzel Fuchs, the near legendary Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker, marks this day 25 years in this coveted position, elected by vote by fellow members of the Orchestra in 1993.  A full biography is below:


                    “What makes working with the Berliner Philharmoniker so unique? Communication, joy in playing, comradeship and quality.”

                      Wenzel Fuchs comes from a region where traditional wind music is highly valued. The Innsbruck native, scion of a musical family, was already playing the clarinet as a child in various wind ensembles. After first studying in Kitzbühel and Innsbruck, he went to the Vienna Musikhochschule, where he had the opportunity of playing as a substitute with the Wiener Philharmoniker. He began his professional career as principal clarinettist of the Vienna Volksoper, then moving to the Austrian Radio (ORF) Symphony Orchestra and in 1993 to the Berliner Philharmoniker.

                     In addition to his work in the orchestra, Fuchs is active as a soloist and chamber player in, among other groups, the Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Wind Soloists, Philharmonic Octet and the Philharmonic Friends of Vienna-Berlin. He also teaches in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy, held a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin (from autumn 2008 to summer 2012), a visiting professorship at Geidai University in Tokio, Japan (since 2012) and an honorary professorship at the Shanghai Conservatory, and he gives master classes all over the world. Since October 2015 he is professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Wenzel Fuchs enjoys skiing and likes most of all to spend his free time with his family.


Prize of the Austrian Ministry for Science and Art, several prizes in the German national youth competition “Jugend musiziert”

Two Video playbacks including Interview and Digital Concert Hall Trailer of Concert:


 Berliner Philharmoniker Mozart Concerto Interview

Berliner Philharmoniker Mozart Concerto Preview

Mozart Concerto 2nd movement



From VIP Stefan Dohr - Principal Horn:


             On September 1, 1993, the five us on the left all had our first day of work as members of the Berlin Philharmonic. The one on the right had the same starting date too, just an amazing 15 years earlier.

25 years on, and there's not a single day when I don't feel absolutely privileged to be a part of this band. A concert at the BBC Proms - one of the best audiences in the world, no doubt - was the perfect way to celebrate!


1 September 2018


VIP Karel Dohnal Performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 with Essener Philharmoniker and conductor Friedrich Haider at Zollverein


Essen, Germany -