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Charles Neidich - Professor at Juilliard School, International Soloist, member of New York Woodwind Quintet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Proponent of New Music





Charles Neidich, winner of the first Walter W. Naumburg Competition for clarinet in 1985, is recognized as one of the most versatile clarinet soloists performing in the world today. Hailed as a master of the clarinet and beyond by critics and audiences alike, he is also winner of the 1982 Munich International Competition, SIlver Medalist in the 1979 Geneva International Competition, and one of three Grand Prize winners in the 1984 Accanthes International Competition, Paris.

His recent major appearances have included guest appearances with the Jupiter Symphony and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, two recitals with oboist Heinz Holliger at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the Kennedy Center wtih their Chamber Music Players, performances with the Da camera Society of Houston, on tour in Japan with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and return engagement recitals.

Charles Neidich has performed throughout Europe, the United States and the Soviet Union. Among many recital appearances he has been heard most notably at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Chicago's Ravinia Festival with pianist James Levine. His concerto appearances have included such as wtih the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande, the Latvian Philharmonic, the American Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, the Kanagawa Philharmonic in Tokyo. He has been to Japan 10 times, twice at the invitation of the Buffet Crampon Company. An active proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Neidich has premiered works of many of the United States' and Europe's preeminent composers including Milton Babbitt, William Schuman, Ralph Shapey, Meyer Kupferman, Edison Denisov, Joan Tower, and Vassillii Lobanov. He performed the world premiere of Joan Tower's clarinet concerto with the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall in April 1988. Mr. Neidich's debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon is the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and his recording of the Mozart and Weber Clarinet Quintets with the Mendelssohn String
Quartet has been released on Music Masters as part of the Naumburg Award.

A native New Yorker of Russian and Greek descent, Charles Neidich began his clarinet studies with his father, Irving Neidich, at the age of seven and a half, and continued them with the renowned teacher, Leon Russianoff, and later in Moscow with Boris Dikov. He is currently a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Woodwind Quintet, and the Aeolian Chamber Players. From 1985 to 1989 he was professor of clarinet at the Eastman School of Music, and is currently on the faculty of SUNY Stony Brook, the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and Brooklyn College CUNY. In 1975, he was the first American to receive a Fulbright Grant to study in the Soviet Union. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he received the Selden Award for outstanding musicianship and scholarship, an dof the Moscow State Conservatory. Charles Neidich's interests have extended beyond the field of music; he holds a BA cum laude in Anthropology from Yale University.
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Curriculum Vitae

Postgraduate diploma, 1978, Moscow State Conservatory
pupil of Boris Alexandrovich Dikov.

B.A. 1975, Yale University
Pupil of Leon Russianoff

New York Woodwind Quintet
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Mozzafiato (original instrument wind sextet)
Frequent quest artist with Juilliard, Guarneri, Mendelssohn, Muir, Portland, Lark and Brentano string quartets.

Recent Recordings:
Ernest Chausson: Andante et Allegro. Hyperion CDA67028 (1997).
Music of Wallingford Rieger, with the New York Woodwind Quintet. Bridge 9068 (1996).
Harmoniemusik: music of Castille-Blaze, Blasius, von Weber, with Mozzafiato. Sony Classical CD, SK68263 (1995).
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, with the Juilliard String Quartet. Sony Classical CD, S2K66285 (1994).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in Eb, Sextet in Eb, Ignaz Pleyel: Sextet in Eb. Mozzafiato with Dennis Godburn and William Purvis. CD Sony Classical, Vivarte, SK 64306 (1994).
Danzi, Mendelssohn, von Weber: Sonatas and Grand Duo Concertante for clarinet (on period instruments). CD Sony Classical, Vivarte, SK 64302 (1994).
W. A. Mozart: Chamber Music for Clarinet. Vivarte CD, SK 53 366 (1993).
Elliott Carter: Gra, Con Legerezza Pensosa. Bridge records (1993).
Carl Maria von Weber: Concertos for Clarinet, G. Rossini: Introduction and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra in Eb, with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Deutsche Grammophon CD, 435 875-2 (1992).
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonatas, transcribed by Charles Neidich, and Romances op.94, Sony Classical CD, SK48035 (1991).
W. A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Deutsche Grammophon CD, 423 377-2 (1988).

Training Book for Clarinet, translated Ayako Oshima, Tooa Ongaku-sha (Tokyo:1989).

Music Festivals:
1995, 96 Brereton International Music Symposium, Manchester, England.
1996, 97 Orford Festival, Quebec, Canada.
1995, 96 Marrowstone Music Festival, Washington State (sponsored by the Seattle Youth Symphony)
1996, 97 Kammermusikfest Schloss Moritzburg, Dresen, Germany.
1995, 96, 97 Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival, University of Cincinatti.
1995 Crusell Festival, Neustadt, Finland.
1996 Bastad Festival, Sweden
1996 Reizend Gesellschap, Holland.
1996, 97 Ibach International Music Festival, Pusan, South Korea.

Selection of Concerto Performances:
1995 Erie Philharmonic
1996 St. Louis Symphony
1995,96 Jupiter Symphony, NY
1996 Sondershausen, Germany
1995 Handel and Haydn Society
1994 Tafelmusik, Tour of Europe
1995 Avanti Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki, Finland
1995 Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki, Finland
1995 Orchestra of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
1994 Orchestra of the Austrian Radio, Vienna, Austria
1996 I Musici di Montreal

Chamber Music Performances:
Many performances with string quartets including the Juilliard Quartet, Mendelssohn Quartet, Brentano Quartet, American Quartet, New Helsinki Quartet, Porland Quartet.
Performances with the Lincoln Center Chamber Society.
Performances with the Seacliff Chamber Players, Long Island, New York
Performacnes with the Mostly Music Series, New Jersey

Chamber Music Ensemble:
1995: founding member of "Context", an ensemble dedicated to performing with period instruments, and to combining performances of the old and new music.

Conducting performances:
1995 New World Symphony, Winds, Miami, Florida
1995 Avanti Chamber Orchestra
1995 Tapiola Sinfonietta
1996 Bastad Festival, music of Edison Denisov
1996 Stony Brook Orchestra

Visiting Teaching Positions:
1994-1995 Visiting Professor, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
1996-1997 Visiting Professor, Yale School of Music


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Message from Charles Neidich


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Recordings Sampling  -  Discography








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