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May 2015 Newsletter



3 May 2015


Cardiff Clarinet Convention - VIP Leslie Craven, Director


Cardiff, United Kingdom




5 May 2015


Salerno, Italy









10 May 2015


Boston Woodwind Society Harold Wright Merit Competition


Boston, Massachusetts



           Harold Wright was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania and began playing the clarinet at age twelve. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal clarinetist, Ralph McLane, and chamber music with that orchestra's principal oboist, Marcel Tabuteau.

          Upon graduating from Curtis, Mr. Wright joined the Houston Symphony and a year later became principal clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony. For many summers he participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and the Casals Festival Orchestra and was a frequent guest artist with the Lincoln Center Chamber Concerts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the chamber music concerts at the 92nd Street "Y" in New York. He also appeared frequently with such leading string quartets as the Budapest, Guarneri, Vermeer, and Juilliard. In 1970 he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal clarinet and taught at New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Tanglewood Music Center until his untimely death in August 1993. He has left a legacy of memorable recordings.




Harold Wright Clarinet Merit Award Competition
May 10
Register here

The Boston Woodwind Society Merit Award Competitions are open to instrumentalists who have reached their 18th birthday, but not their 30th birthday, by the competition date. The participants must prepare a complete piece (including all movements if a multi-movement piece is chosen), at least 10 minutes in length. The auditions must be performed with piano accompaniment, and participants are required to provide his/her own accompanist.

There is a $25 registration fee and participants will not be registered until it is received. You may request an audition time but it may not be guaranteed.


11 May 2015


Brussels, Belgium



14 - 17 May 2015



Thuringen, Germany








15 May 2015



Centro de Estudios Musicales MC in Segorbe



15 - 16 May 2015



16 - 17 May 2015


Progresion Armonica Master Classes





16 - 20 May 2015






2014-15 MURCIA (SPAIN)



2nd meeting: May 2015, 16th to 20th

At the end of the second meeting of the V International Clarinet Seminar, there will be the possibility that Professor Yehuda Gilad will select a talented clarinetist to continue clarinet studies at the University of Southern of California (USC) in Los Angeles during the next courses. It will be the student responsibility to follow the regular admission process that USC establishes for international students. The student might be recipient of a partial scholarship from USC in accordance to the degree that he or she would attend.




25 - 28 May 2015


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30 May 2015



Clarinet - Bass Clarinet Day for Amateurs


Amsterdam - Netherlands





30 mei 2015: Clarinet - Bass Clarinet Day for amateurs: Amsterdam - Netherlands
10-17u & 20.00 Evening Concert 

Master classes by: Fie Schouten, Alex Simu, Michel Marang, Jacques Dubois, Tobias Klein.
In cooperation with magazine 
"De Klarinet"
-Instrumenten & accessoires  Buffet Crampon, Schwenk&Seggelke

More info on




30 May 2015


Clarinet & Bass Clarinet Day


Amsterdam, The Netherlands


30 of May 2015 at Splendor
An event for clarinet players of all levels and all ages. An open invitation to discover this wonderful instrument and find new musical horizons, bind new friendships and feel the joy of playing together.
Lessons and masterclasses will be covering various musical topics such as: classical music, contemporary music, improvised music, klezmer, jazz improvisation, balkan and oriental music.
There will be special lessons for complete beginners (children or adults), as well as seminaries about the important clarinet topics, and lots more.
The main teachers are Fie Schouten, Alex Simu, Michel Marang, Jacques Dubois en duo Klein-Büyükberber.
(click here to see more details - website in dutch, translator works)

Sharing, thinking together and supporting are some of the key elements to produce a successful event.
We kindly ask each one of you to take this chance and help us in any way you would like to.
There are only 4 days left that you could vote for us on the platform "Jij maakt het mee” , so that we will be able to receive the financial help we need to cover the budget and make this idea come true.
(to vote you need to log in, and even if you do not speak dutch, the english translator works like a charm, no worries, you do not have to pay, you can simply vote).
(to vote you need to log in, and if you do not speak dutch, the english translator works like a charm, no worries, you do not have to pay, you just vote.)
Feel free to send us an email with any advice or suggestion, you can share this email with your friends, you can become a voluntary and help during the event or preparing it)
Every bit of your support means a lot!

Thank you so much and we hope to see you there on 30 May.



30 May - 1 June 2015


Mensi International Clarinet Competition


Mensi, Italy





The International Music Competition "Giacomo Mensi" was founded in 1998 with the aim to promote and encourage the culture of music, especially of the clarinet, and recalling a young clarinetist already stated in the international field and died prematurely in a tragic car accident in 1997 .


The competition, held every two years, is divided into two categories: Excellence and Young Promises;

The section dedicated to the junior, in turn divided into category A (up to 13 years) and cat B (14 to 17 years), mean encourage and promote the younger clarinetists, supporting them and providing them with the opportunity to perform in an event of international character.


The competition consists of a qualifying round followed by the final; the jury during the selection of candidates, is hidden by a marquee; a guarantee of impartiality, also, the order of entry of competitors is drawn by lot immediately before the test.


Competitors receive a Certificate of Participation; the top three winners in each category receive a diploma and a scholarship; The winner of the competition, in addition to the diploma and the scholarship, he performs, accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Vallecamonica, in the final concert of awards held at the conclusion of the event.


The competition is advertised in the Italian conservatories and academies, conservatories and universities in Foreign.


The high level of the event, now in its ninth year, is also witnessed by the Presidents of the Jury: Dieter Klocker, Karl Leister, Antony Pay, Thomas Friedli, Wenzel Fuchs, Fabio Di Casola, Bobby Yotzov.


The competition is sponsored by the City of Brentwood and the Association of Music in Vallecamonica, under the patronage of the Lombardy Region, the Province of Brescia, the Mountain Community of Vallecamonica, Consorzio BIM Vallecamonica, the Lyceum "C. Golgi ", the Pro Loco Breno;

the artistic direction is entrusted to the Free Academy of Music "A. Vivaldi" of Darfo.






31 May - 12 July 2015



Round Top Music Festival, Texas


              The Round Top Festival Institute offers six weeks of intensive training for young talented musicians (born before December 31, 1997) seeking a transition from conservatories and universities to a future professional career. Symphony orchest...ra, chamber orchestra, chamber music and solo repertoire are included in this concentrated 6-week program (no absence is permitted). All applicants who are accepted into the program will receive a full scholarship (worth $5,500) for tuition through The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts.

             Applications deadline: Monday February 16, 2015.


Clarinet Faculty includes:

VIP Kenneth Grant  - Eastman School of Music, Solo Clarinetist in Rochester Philharmonic
Kenneth Grant

                      Kenneth Grant is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School in Rochester. He holds a BM, Performer’s Certificate, Eastman. He studied with Donald Mattea, James Pyne, Stanley Hasty, Franklin Cohen and Theodore Johnson. His many accolades include: Assistant principal, Cleveland Orchestra European Tour (1990). Principal clarinet, Colorado Philharmonic (summer, 1970), Columbus Symphony Orchestra (1973-87), and Rochester Philharmonic (1987-). Soloist with Rochester Philharmonic and Columbus Symphony. Several premieres including Clarinet Concerto by Sydney Hodkinson (world premiere), and Benjamin Britten’s Concerto Movement for Clarinet and Orchestra (US premiere), both with Rochester Philharmonic; Verne Reynolds’ Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Fantasy Etudes for Clarinet, Percussion, and Piano. Soloist, Eastman Wind Ensemble Japan Tour (1994). Participant in Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium (June 1996), KlarFest at Ohio State University (July 1998), KlarFest in New Orleans (2001), Round Top Festival Institute (since 2004), Aria International Summer Academy at Ball State University (2004, 2005). Faculty member, Eastman summer seminar in Hamamatsu, Japan (1998-2000, 2002). Faculty member, Capital University (1978-87), Ohio Wesleyan University (1986-87), Eastman (1987-).

VIP Pavel Vinnitsky - New York University - NYU - Acclaimed Soloist and Chamber Music Artist
Pavel Vinnitsky

                          Clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky has gained his international acclaim through numerous solo, chamber music and orchestral appearances in the US, Europe and Israel. An avid orchestral musician, he performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City and is featured on numerous Met radio and HD video broadcasts, including Metropolitan Opera's Grammy-winning Ring cycle recording. He also appeared as a guest clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera and Ballet orchestras and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra (ABT). He also holds positions of principal clarinet with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut and with the upcoming Broadway musical revival Les Miserables.

                        In demand as chamber musician, Pavel  is a member of Le Train Blue,  the Memling Ensemble and ClariAnna Duo and appears frequently with the Wind Soloists of New York, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Sylvan Winds and Wall Street Chamber Players.

                        Dedicated educator and woodwind clinician, Pavel has conducted master-classes at universities and music schools nation-wide and is on the clarinet faculty at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

                       His discography includes recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon, New World and Bridge Records labels, numerous broadcasts on WQXR, CBS, Israeli National TV and Bavarian Radio as well as major motion picture soundtracks.

                      Pavel began his clarinet studies in his Native Ukraine (former Soviet Union), where he was winner of numerous national young artist competitions. In 1990 he immigrated to Israel with his family where he appeared with orchestras and chamber music ensembles and was a member of internationally acclaimed klezmer trio "Magalnyk". In 2003 Pavel made New York City his home. Pavel  holds degrees in clarinet performance from Tel-Aviv University and Yale University School of Music. His principal teachers were David Shifrin, Richard Lesser and Boris Fisherman.



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