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January 2015 Hot News


Venancio Rius, Clarinet Soloist performing Jean Francaix Clarinet Concerto with the Joven Orchestra Sinfonia de Castello - Valencia, Spain - 3, 6, 7 January 2015


VIP and newly appointed Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic Anthony McGill performs Nielsen Clarinet Concerto - 8 - 13 January 2015


Effortless Clarinet/Saxophone Studio 11th Recital,  January 11, 2015 University of St. Thomas, Houston, Cullen Hall - Senior VIP Richard Nunemaker, Director, Featuring the world premiere of Reynaldo Ochoa's Isaiah 25: 6-9 for Ensemble and Soprano featuring Marion Russell Dickson, soprano, Isaiah 25:6-9, commissioned by this Studio


VIP J Lawrie Bloom, Clarinetist and Bass Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony, gives Master Class and Recital at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville - 12 January 2015


Klarinett Frossa Festival with Acclaimed Soloists - Stockholm, Sweden - 23 - 25 January 2015


ChamberFest Cleveland Performance at the Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with Senior VIP Franklin Cohen - Solo Clarinetist in The Cleveland Orchestra - 30 January 2015



February 2015 Hot News


VIP Maria du Toit Soloist with the Cape Town (South Africa) Philharmonic Orchestra, Martin Panteleev, conductor at the Kirstenbosch Botanical garden in Cape Town in Performance of Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 - 1 February 2015


Penn State University Master Class with John Weigand - Professor at West Virginia University at Morgantown - State College, Pennsylvania  -  3 February 2015 - Dr Tony Costa, Host


VIP J Lawrie Bloom, Bass Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony -  Master Class at the Buffet-Crampon New York Showroom - 4 February 2015


VIP Wenzel Fuchs (Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker) with Co-Soloist Rengim Gakmen performs Krommer Double Clarinet Concerto Op 35 and Dvorak Serenade Op 44 with the Cumhurbaskanligi Senfoni Orkestras in Ankara, Turkey - 5 - 6 February 2015


VIP Maria Tien-du Toit Soloist with the Cape Town (South Africa) Philharmonic Orchestra, Martin Panteleev, conductor, in Performance of Jean Francaix Clarinet Concerto at the Cape Town (South Africa) City Hall - 12 February 2015 (on 1 February she performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the same Orchestra where she is Principal Clarinetist)


Major Master Class at the Shepard School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas with Senior VIP Donald Montanaro (Associate Solo Clarinetist/Eb in the Phiadaelphia Orchestra and Professor Emeritus at the Curtis Institute), hosted by VIP and former Student Richie Hawley (Professor at Rice and former Solo Clarinetist in the Cincinnati Symphony) - 14 February 2015

Instrumental Society of Calgary (Canada) presents FAMILY MATTERS CHAMBER CONCERT with VIP Diana Cohen - violin, Alex Cohen - timpani, (Calgary Philharmonic), Akiko Tominaga - piano, with special guest Senior VIP Franklin Cohen – Solo clarinet (Cleveland Orchestra) - 8 February 2015

VIP Wenzel Fuchs (Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker) Soloist in Performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto K622 with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra - Bonoit Fromange, Conductor - 20 February 2015

International Clarinet Association - ICA South-Eastern Festival - Dr Denise Gainey, Director - Hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and In Association with the UAB Clarinet Symposium - 21 - 22 February 2015



March 2015 Hot News


Radovan Cavallin Žerjal soloist in Performance of Stanford Clarinet Concerto ,(a Brahms Clarinet Concerto we never had)  Maestro Yaron Traub, Conductor and Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canariathe Philharmonic Orchestra of the Gran Canaria - 6 March 2015


Manhattan School of Music 3rd Mitchell Lurie Memorial Clarinet Master Class with VIP Jon Manasse, hosted by VIP Larry Guy - 7 March 2015


Catholic University Single Reed Symposium - Dr Ben Redwine, Director - Washington, DC - 7 March 2015


VIP Charles Neidich Master Classes at Milano Conservatory, Italy - VIP Luigi Magistrelli, Host - 9 - 10 March 2015


Chicago Clarinet Ensemble Weekend with Theme: Clarinet Fresh with Diana Haskell - Associate Solo Clarinetist in St Louis Symphony - VIP's Rose Sperrazza and John Bruce Yeh, Directors - Northeastern Illinois University - 9 March 2015


International Soloist Sharon Kam, and brother Ori Kam, perform Max Bruch Double Concerto for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra, Op 88 with the Israel Philharmonic - 9 - 15 March 2015


University of Delaware (Newark) Clarinet Day with VIP Robert DiLutis - Dr  Christopher Nichols, Host -  14 March 2015


VIP Maria du Toit (Solo Clarinetist in the Cape Town Symphony - South Africa) performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 (without Conductor) with the Stellenbosch Camerata - 15 March 2015


VIP Rocco Parisi, world renowned Bass Clarinetist - Recital at Buffet New York Showroom - 16 March 2015


VIP Larry Guy - Acclaimed New York Clarinetist and Faculty at Vassar College and Juilliard School - Master Class Day at Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania - Tony Costa, Host - 19 March 2015


Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival - University of South Alabama - Performing Organization Chairman Mitchell Estrin (Professor at the University of Florida) and VIP and Vandoren Artist Director David Gould, Directors - Mobile, Alabama - 20 - 21 March 2015


Rowan University Clarinet Day with VIP Ayoka Oshima and the New York Licorice Ensemble - Rie Suzuki, Director - 21 March 2015


8th Troy University (Alabama) Clarinet Day  - VIP Timothy Phillips, Director - 28 March 2015


Master Class with VIP Jessica Phillips-Rieske at the University of Southern California at Northridge - VIP Julia Heinen, Host - 29 March 2015


University of Maryland Clarinet Day - VIP Robert DiLutis, Director, with VIP Mark Nuccio - Associate and Eb Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic - Hyattsville, Maryland - 29 March 2015




April 2015 Hot News


Artist Clarinetist in Residence Prof. Dr. Friedrich Pfatschbacher, founder and chief conductor of the Austrian Clarinet Choir (Austrian Clarinet Society) at the University of Florida (Gainesville) - WKA Performing Organization Chairman Mitchell Estrin, Host - 30 March - 1 April 2015


3rd International Clarinet Competition, Lisbon, Portugal with winners announced - 30 March - 2 April 2015


VIP Peter Wright, Solo Clarinetist in the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony - Master Class at the University of Southern California at Northridge - VIP Julia Heinen, Host - 2 April 2015


VIP Julia Heinen Master Class at the Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles (UCLA) - VIP Gary Gray, Host - 6 April 2015


Dr Jeremy Reynolds, Professor at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver (Colorado),  on 7 April 2015 performing at Weill Recital at Carnegie Hall with the Waldland Ensemble, with Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo (piano), Hillary Herndon (viola) and Jeremy Reynolds performing several World Premieres


Pierre Genisson (from Paris) Recital and Introduction of new CD Release at Buffet New York Showroom - 8 April 2015


VIP Yehuda Gilad - Renowned Clarinet Professor at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California Master Class at the Buffet New York Showroom - 9 April 2015


3rd International Clarinet Competition - VIP Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Director - Ghent, Belgium - 7 - 18 April 2015, in Progress


VIP Richard MacDowell in Concert and Master Classes at Brevard College and West Carolina University 9 - 12 April 2015 - Dr Shannon Thompson, Host


VIP Charles Neidich Performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622, using a modern Bassett A Replica produced in Bamberg, Germany by Schwenk & Seggelke with Australian Chamber Orchestra on USA Tour on short notice replacing Martin Frost who is recovering from a shoulder injury - 10 - 16 April 2015


VIP Nathan Williams Master Class at California State University at Fullerton - Dr Hagan Rosengren, Host - 16 April 2015


Tennessee Tech University Clarinet Day - VIP Wonkak Kim, Director - 17 - 18 April 2015


University of Nebraska MidWest ClariFest and Master Classes with VIP Frank Kowalsky, Professor Emeritus of Florida State University - VIP Diane Barger, Director - 18 April 2015


Bowling Green State University (Ohio) Clarinet Day - VIP Kevin Schempf, Director - 18 April 2015


Millersville University (Pennsylvania) 10th Single Reed Day - VIP Dr Christy Banks, Director - 18 April 2015


Clarimania Clarinet Festival - VIP Jan Jacob Bokun, Director - 15 - 18 April 2015 - Wroclaw, Poland


The South Shore Symphony:  Mostly Mozart with Clarinet Soloist Senior VIP Stanley Drucker - Conductor: David Bernard - Madison Theatre at Molloy College - Rockville Center, New York  - 18 April 2015


ChamberFest Cleveland Gala Fundraising Event - VIP's Diana Cohen and Franklin Cohen, Directors - 19 April 2015


VIP Ricardo Morales, Renowned Soloist and Solo Clarinetist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Faculty at the Curtis Institute, in Master class and Recital at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy!  Ricardo Morales, Corrado Giuffredi, Valeria Serangeli, Morrie Backun - 21 April 2015


Australian Chamber Orchestra Performs at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall with Sharon Kam, Clarinet Soloist (performing with a Bassett A Clarinet) in Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 - 26 April 2015


VIP J Lawrie Bloom (Bass Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony)  Master Class at the University of Southern California - Northridge, VIP Julia Heinen, Host - 30 April 2015



May 2015 Hot News


Bixby Kennedy, winner of the 2015 Harold Wright Merit Award Competition -  May 10 2015, Sponsored by the Boston Woodwind Society in honor of Harold Wright, past Solo Clarinetist in the Boston Symphony


VIP Wenzel Fuchs, Solo Klarinettist in the Berliner Philharmoniker at II Curso de Clarinete and Co-Soloist in Performance of Krommer Double Clarinet Concerto Op 35 with the Universal Symphony Orchestra with Jose Maria Santandrreu Segorbe (Castelida) Spain - 15 - 16 May 2015


Senior VIP Franklin Cohen Performs his last Orchestral appearance before Retirement after 39 Years as Principal Clarinetist since 1976 with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severence Hall - 16 May 2015, receiving multi Curtain Call Ovations.  He has been Soloist with the Orchestra over 200 times.



June 2015 Hot News


Clarinetopia Residency Seminar -  Michigan State University - VIP's Dr Michael Webster and Dr Guy Yehuda, Directors - East Lansing, Michigan - 3 - 7 June 2015


Indiana University Clarinet Workshop, VIP Howard Klug, DirectorJacobs School of Music  - Bloomington, Indiana  5 - 9 June 2015


Texas Clarinet Colloquium - VIP Mary Alice Druhan, Director - Dallas, Texas - 11 - 13 June 2015


13th Annual The To Play is To Blow...To Blow is To Play...Clarinet/Saxophone Studio  Clarinet recital 14 June 2015 at the University of St. Thomas Music

Department, Houston, Texas - Senior VIP Richard Nunemaker, Director


Senior VIP Stanley Drucker performs Busoni Concertino with the Washington Square Festival Orchestra in New York City - 16 June 2015


Claremont Clarinet Festival - VIP Margaret Thornhill, Director - Pomona College, California - 14 - 20 June 2015


California Clarinet Clinic - VIP's Julia Heinen, William Powell, Directors - Los Angeles - 21 - 27 June 2015


ChamberFest Cleveland - Senior VIP Franklin Cohen and VIP Diana Cohen, Directors - Cleveland, Ohio - 17 June - 1 July 2015


VIP Mark Nuccio, Associate Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic, named as Solo Clarinetist in the Houston, Texas Symphony effective September 2015



July 2015 Hot News


Sebastian Manz, Soloist with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart (Germany) performing Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto, Op 57 with Herbert Blomstedt, Conductor - 2 - 3 July 2015


15th "Gheorghe Dima" International Music Competition - Cluj-Napoca, Romania - 5 - 11 July 2015


Belgian Clarinet Academy -  Guido Six, Director, with VIP's Eddy Vanoosthuyse and Robert Spring - Ostend, Belgium - 8 - 14 July 2015


The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own) Alumni Reunion Concerts and Weekend -  Fort Myer, Virginia and Washington, DC - 16 - 18 July 2015


ClarinetFest 2015 - Madrid, Spain in Collaboration with the International Clarinet Association  - 22 - 26 July  2015


Senior VIP Franklin Cohen performs Farewell Concerto performance with The Cleveland Orchestra performing Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto Op 74

Blossom Music Festival near Cleveland, Ohio - 26 July 2015




August 2015 Hot News


VIP and European Clarinet Association - ECA President Stephan Vermeersch interview with Legend Clarinetist, Teacher and Director of his Internationally Acclaimed Clarinet Choir Walter Boeykins



September 2015 Hot News


5th International Clarinet Festival - VIP Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Director, with World Class icons from all over Europe - Ghent Belgium - 26 - 27 September 2015


Colorado Clarinet Day at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver - Dr Jeremy Reynolds, Director, with VIP Caroline Hartig - Denver, Colorado - 27 September 2015


VIP Charles Neidich Soloist with New York Classical Players - 26 - 27 September 2015



October 2015 Hot News


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



November 2015 Hot News


VIP Maria Ross Historic Clarinet Exhibition Master Class USA Tour from Germany visiting 6 Universities and Conservatories including Clevland Institute, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Depaul University, University of Illinois at Champaign, and the Wheaton Conservatory - 26 October - 3 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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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



December 2015 Hot News


Senior VIP Franklin Cohen and Diana Cohen and friends perform Major Chamber Concert in Kalamazoo, Michigan - 3 December 2015


Holiday Parties at Lincoln Center with Vandoren and at the Buffet New York Showroom - 7 and 8 December 2015


Agaete Clarinet Festival - Agaete,Canary Islands, Spain - 5 - 8 December 2015


Senior VIP Franklin Cohen performs Golijov 'The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and String Quartet with the Amernet Quartet at Florida International University Jewish Museum - Miami, Florida - 9 December 2015


Andreas Sunden performs Nielsen Clarinet Concerto Op 57 with the Sverges Radio Symphony - Sweden  - 10 - 11 December 2015


Clarinetissimo Festival  - Brugge, Belgium - 19 -22 December 2015


Hong Kong Festival Wind Orchestra with VIP Ecesu Sertesen, Solo Clarinetist in the Istanbul Ballet, Opera Orchestra, Soloist, World Premiere of Hasan N. Tura - Clarinet Concerto, CARL CHOI, Conductor - Hong Kong, China - 27 - 28 December 2015





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