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November 2015 Newsletter


1 November 2015


VIP Charles Neidich Recital


West Hempstead, New York



For all former Russianoff Students, mark your date for 14 February 16 as seen below:




Memorial Celebration for Leon Russianoff - 26 years after his passing away in 1990 - Manhattan School of Music - VIP Charles Neidich and Mike Getzin, Directors


             On Sunday, February 14, the Manhattan School will host a day long memorial celebration for Leon Russianoff. Russianoff, one of the greatest and most beloved and most colorful clarinet teachers of the 20th century and one of the most important forces elevating the American School of clarinet playing to its position of preeminence passed away 25 years ago.


            Although the exact schedule is still not set, the day will feature performances by many of his students, videos of some of his master classes, reminiscences and discussion about his importance to the world of the clarinet and will end with everyone participating in a clarinet choir farewell to the great master.

The day will also serve, hopefully, to resuscitate the Russianoff Memorial scholarship fund at the Manhattan School which his wife, Penny Russianoff, established but which has been dormant for several years.



            Former students are urged to participate and honor their teacher and participate in the above activities. Many of the legendary former students are vitally interested in participating.  Please let everyone know, and contact Charles Neidich at   or Mike Getzin at



31 October - 1 November 2015


Boston Clarinet Academy - VIP Jonathan Cohler, Director


1st weekend of sessions with Senior VIP Franklin Cohen  (Cleveland Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Emeritus)





World Class Faculty - several WKA Artist Officer VIP's over several weekends of Master Classes and concerts


We are very excited to announce the founding and launch of the Boston Clarinet Academy! Our first intensive clarinet weekend features Franklin Cohen (Cleveland Orchestra) and Jonathan Cohler on October 31 and November 1. For more information, and to apply now click on the link below. SPACE IS LIMITED to 15 students and 5 Auditors so APPLY NOW! The 2015-2016 season includes eight weekends between October and June featuring the best clarinetists from all over the world such as Philippe Cuper (France), Wenzel Fuchs (Germany), Luis Rossi (Chile), Gabor Varga (Hungary), Franklin Cohen (USA), Jonathan Cohler (USA), Yuan Yuan (China), and more TBA. We hope to see you very soon at BCA!




1 November 2015



Saxophone and Clarinet Festival


Hamrun, Malta


5 November 2015


Master Class with Bass Clarinetist asha Potiomkin (Houston Symphony) at the Buffet New York Showroom


New York City



4 - 21 November 2015


VIP Anat Cohen Jazz and Klezmer Tour


Throughout the USA


Celebrating Benny Goodman at the Detroit Jazz Festival Sep 2015 with Eddie Daniels, Ken Peplowski and Paquito D'Rivera
Hello good people,
I am excited to be hitting the road in November with my Quartet featuring Jason Lindner (piano), Tal Mashiach (bass) and Daniel Freedman (drums). For tickets and more information check out the links below. I look forward to seeing you out there!

11.04 - Boston, MA @
11.07 - New York, NY @
Miller Theater *with guests Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Choro Aventuroso
11.08 - New Haven, CT @
Lyman Theater
11.09 - Seattle, WA @
Poncho Concert Hall
11.10 - Seattle, WA @
Poncho Concert Hall *SOLD OUT!
11.11 - Portland, OR @
Jimmy Mak's
11.12 - San Francisco, CA @
Grace Cathedral  *Sacred Space: Celebrating The Clarinet with Don Byron, David Murray, Anat Cohen & Todd Marcus (4 clarinets a-capella show)
11.13 - San Francisco, CA @
SFJAZZ Center (Joe Henderson Lab)
11.14 - Palo Alto, CA @
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
11.19 - Evanston, IL @
Nichols Concert Hall (Music Institute of Chicago)
11.21 - Fayetteville, AR @
Walton Arts Center

Thank you, as always, for supporting live music around the globe




6 - 8 November 2015



7 November 2015



VIP John Bruce Yeh, Associate Principal Clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony) Performs Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Fort Collins (Colorado) Symphony



7 November 2015



The United States Navy Band Clarinet Day, VIP Laura Grantier, Director


Washington Navy Yard, DC


7 November 2015



7 - 8 November 2015


Camerino, Italy




7 - 8 November 2015


Vienna Clarinet Connection Workshop


Schrobenhausen, Austria



8 November 2015



Furman University Clarinet Day


14 - 15 November 2015



14 - 17 November 2015


VIP Charles Neidich Japan Tour



16 November 2015


Senior VIP Eddie Daniels performs World Premiere of  Charles Fox's Clarinet Quintet with the Harlem String Quartet


Santa Fe, New Mexico



16 - 20 November 2015



International Conducting Master Class


Marienbad, Czech Republic


Maestro Olivieri-Munroe (Canada /Czech Republic),

Orchestral conducting


5-day intensive master class with a full professional symphony orchestra - The West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic). This masterclass includes pieces from the main repertoire of orchestral conducting, based on European classical music. The program includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořak and Smetana. The masterclass is focused on the conducting techniques of students and graduates of music academies.


The cours includes orchestral rehearsals 4 days x 20-30 minutes daily + Dress rehearsal and Final concert,

75 minutes individual lessons with Maestro Olivieri-Munroe and one or two pianists.

The course will be taught in English. No age limit.

Read more.....


January - February 2016, Ústí nad Labem,


Maestro Guerassim Voronkov, (Russia / Spain)

Opera conducting


Program: Il trovatore (The Troubadour) by Giuseppe Verdi and Opera-gala concert.

The North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theatre & ICM Concert Agency s.r.o. are happy to invite you to take part in the Opera Conducting master class In Usti nad Lábem, (Czech Republic). You will have the exceptional opportunity to be involved in the exciting production process of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”. During this 9 day master class, the Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of the North Bohemian Theatre will be available for professional tutoring, available to young soloists and conductors...


January - February 2016

More information will be coming up soon........


April 16th- 22th, 2016, Olomouc,


Profesor Miriam Němcová and Norbert Baxa,

Orchestral and Choir conducting

Conducting master class with a full professional symphony orchestra Moravian Philharmonic orchestra, Choir and soloists of the Moravian Opera Theatre.

Program: C, Orff, Carmina Burana, Beethoven 9th symphony.


June 4th-10th, 2016, Olomouc, Alim Shakh (St. Petersburg, Russia)


Conducting workshop with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, based on European and Russian classical music. (Ilya Musin technique)



18 November 2015 - 7:30 pm



VIP John Bruce Yeh Major Recital at the Interlochen Fine Arts Academy


 Ticket price(s):


$32 Adult $29, Senior $10, Youth Audience: Age 3 and older Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall - See more at:

Interlochen, Michigan



  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's acting principal clarinetist takes the stage at Interlochen. John Bruce Yeh is a 35-year veteran of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the New York New Music Ensemble, a Grammy winner and more. A native of Los Angeles, he began studying the clarinet at age 6 and spent two years at Juilliard, from 1975 to 1977, before leaving to assume the role of solo bass clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra., and, two years later, assistant principal and solo E-flat clarinet. He has released more than a dozen solo and chamber music recordings, soloed with numerous orchestras, including in the American premiere of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Concerto, and won prizes at the Munich International Music and Naumburg Clarinet competitions. Artists John Bruce Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1977, the first Asian musician ever appointed to the CSO, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history. He serves as Assistant Principal and Solo Eb Clarinet of the CSO, and has performed as guest principal of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea. A prize winner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe. An enthusiastic champion of new music, Yeh is the dedicatee of new works for clarinet by numerous composers, ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams. His numerous solo and chamber music recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim. Recently released by Naxos is a disc titled Synergy, of single and double concertos with clarinet featuring Yeh, his wife, Teresa, and his daughter Molly. Yeh is director of Chicago Pro Musica, which received the Grammy Award in 1986 as Best New Classical Artist. With clarinetist Teresa Reilly,  virtuoso Wang Guowei, and pipa virtuoso Yang Wei, Yeh recently formed an innovative quartet dedicated to musical exploration by bridging Eastern and Western musical cultures called Birds and Phoenix. He is on the artist-faculties of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts and Midwest Young Artists in Fort Sheridan, Ill.

           Nozomi Khudyev A native of Japan, pianist, Nozomi Khudyev has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral keyboardist at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. An active collaborative pianist, she has played recitals with both instrumentalists and vocalists in Tokyo, New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New Haven and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She completed a bachelor of music degree in piano performance at the University of Michigan, where she was a recipient of the full-tuition merit scholarship, and a masters of music degree in collaborative piano at The Juilliard School as the recipient of the Bernard and Leigh Seder, William Petschek Piano and Henrietta Quade Scholarships. Post graduation, she has worked as a staff pianist at The Colburn School in Los Angeles and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, while maintaining her collaborative performances with musicians around the country.




18 - 21 November 2015


8th Dobrin Petkov Competition for Young Performers of Orchestral Instruments








20 November 2015


VIP Anthony McGill (Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic) performs World Premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet Roulette,


              Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, will join forces with the JACK Quartet for the American Music Project’s first event in New York, November 20 at Roulette. The concert will feature the world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet, the second work commissioned by the Chicago-based project.


             The program will also include Earle Brown’s String Quartet, John Cage’s Quartet In Four Parts and John Luther Adams’ The Wind in High Places.

The artists will repeat the program March 6, 2016 in Chicago at Ganz Hall.


             Prior to joining the Philharmonic last September, Anthony McGill served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for a decade. He recorded the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with the New York Philharmonic earlier this year and earned accolades for his recent disc of the Mozart and Brahms quintets with the Pacifica Quartet on the Cedille label.


            The American Music Project (AMP) is a nonprofit foundation created in August of 2014 by Lawrence A. Johnson, music critic and founder of the Classical Review websites, to promote, commission and facilitate performances of music by American classical composers.


           Amy Wurtz’s Piano Quintet, the first AMP commission, was premiered in Chicago last October, alongside works of David Diamond and Irving Fine.


           The inaugural American Music Project grant awards, which help fund performances of works by American composers, will be announced Monday, August 17. The awards will go to organizations, ensembles and individuals performing American repertory in the 2015-16 season.


           For more information or to make a contribution to the American Music Project, go to




20 - 21 November 2015


Clarinet Festival with Guest Artist Frank Kowalsky


Ball State University -  Elizabeth Crawford, Director


Muncie, Indiana


Frank Kowalsky sitting next to a piano teaching a studnet in the foreground that is wearing a baseball cap and holding a clarinet

Frank Kowalsky Recital 7:30 PM  20 November 2015
Calendar: School of Music
Start: November 21, 2015 8 a.m.
End: November 21, 2015 5 p.m.
Location: Music Instruction Building

Contact Details:

Elizabeth Crawford
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              Clarinetist Frank Kowalsky is professor emeritus at Florida State University and has performed as principal clarinetist with several orchestras throughout the United States. His introduction of Scott McAllister’s “X—Concerto for Clarinet” to the clarinet community in 1998 led to the commissioning of McAllister’s concerto, “Black Dog”, which he premiered at Florida State University in 2003. A member of the faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy for ten years, he joined the faculty at Florida State University in 1984 and retired in 2013. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Catholic University of America.


Learn more about Associate Professor of Clarinet, Elizabeth Crawford.


More information and registration to come soon.


8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
All-State Band music Master Class with Elizabeth Crawford
10:15 a.m.
Master Class I with Frank Kowalsky
12:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Potpourri Rectial
3:00 p.m.
Reed session and Master Class II with Frank Kowalsky

*subject to change


21 November 2015 - Sat 7 PM


Tribute to Guido Six by the Peruvian Orchestra of clarinets · Ccori Wasi 

 Lima, Peru


21 November 2015



Knoxville, Tennessee



21 November 2015


Wright State University Clarinet and Double Reed Festival - VIP John Kurokawa, Director


Dayton, Ohio



                The Wright State University Clarinet Festival brings together clarinetists from all over Ohio and beyond for master-classes, clinics, and to provide a unique performance opportunity for all participating clarinetists to work closely with our special guest clinicians and the WSU Clarinet Studio!

The Festival is geared towards the needs and interests of High School, College, and Amateur Clarinetists as well as Private Studio Teachers. (It is recommended that participants have a minimum 3-4 years experience on clarinet.)


               The day will include:

As requested, MORE Master Classes and performances by our special guest artist/ensembles, the Trade Winds Quintet, the Prestige Clarinet Quartet and John Kurokawa, Instructor of Clarinet at Wright State University.

Vendors will be on site with instruments, music and accessories to try. Are you a vendor and would like to have a display? Fill out the Vendor Application form.
All festival events will take place on the campus of Wright State University in the Creative Arts Center. Directions to Wright State
The Hangar, on campus at Wright State, will be open for participants to purchase lunch.


             Registration is available online. The cost of the event is $35, which covers:

Registration fee
All masterclasses, recitals and events
Festival t-shirt


             If you are interested in performing on a masterclass, please contact John Kurokawa directly at

All participants under the age of 18 must submit a Medical Form (PDF)


             NOTE: in order to receive a T-shirt, you must register by November 16, 2015.




21 - 29 November 2015


Chieri, Italy

23 November 2015


Buffet Crampon 190th Anniversary Celebration with Major Artists


Paris, France


                  2015 is a very special year for Buffet Crampon and Buffet Group!


              With events, concerts and meetings throughout the world, our instruments and artists will be honored as part of a year-long celebration, with many surprises to discover on our websites and at our authorized dealers.

​Buffet Crampon, one of the most iconic woodwind brands in the world and the worldwide leader in professional and high end clarinets, has continued innovating in order to satisfy musicians throughout the world who have trusted the brand for 190 years.


             Over the past two years, Buffet Crampon has introduced several major instruments in its ranges. These include the Senzo, the new professional saxophone from the Super Dynaction lineage; the Orfeo professional oboe, developed by the best European oboists, and in the clarinet range: Divine, developed with input from several world-class clarinettists, the new RC clarinet, and the new Tosca bass clarinet, already in use by some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians.


            Stay connected with Buffet Crampon to find out more about our anniversary events around the world including a November 23rd concert celebration in Paris, France!


More info: Buffet Group in 2015 Press Release



25 - 28 November 2015


Caldera, Colombia





27 - 28 November 2015



29 November 2015



VIP Rocco Parisi Bass Clarinet Master Class




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