One of the concerts there was held in the amazing, brand new concert hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony, which just opened a couple of months ago. That is definitely one of the best halls in the world now.
American Tribute is available for purchase on Amazon, CD Baby, and Ongaku Records. We dedicate this recording to all the victims of the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. $1 from each CD will go to victims of the bombings and their families.
The CD features music for clarinet and piano by great American composers of the last seventy years including Leonard Bernstein, Robert Muczynski, Simon Sargon, Dana Wilson, Victor Babin, and Paquito D'Rivera.
This music spans three generations of American composers including influences from Jazz, to Klezmer, to Latin music. Starting with music from the young and prodigiously talented Leonard Bernstein right after he graduated from Harvard, and moving through to the music of three of today's greatest living American composers, Dana Wilson, Simon Sargon, and Paquito D'Rivera, this CD is a treasure trove of wonderful and characteristic repertoire spanning the styles, cultures, and traditions that are the melting pot of America.
July 15 to 29, 2014, I was back in Arezzo, Italy for masterclasses, chamber music, and just a great time soaking in the Tuscan sun! Students came from Europe, Canada, China, and the United States, and a great time was had by all.
The students there were wonderful and the goulash was amazing! Check out pictures on my Facebook page.
In first-semester AP50, there are no formal lectures and no traditional examinations. Instead, introductory physics concepts are motivated and learned through three, one-month-long, team-based projects: Rube Goldberg Machines, Mission to Mars, and Musical Instruments. For an interesting blog-post on “Applied Physics 50: Physics as a Foundation for Science” click here, and for an informative story from the Harvard Crimson published September 5, 2012, check out Applied Physics 50 Offers Innovative Teaching Style.
Everything went well and a great time was had by all! I really brushed up on my PowerPoint skills at the same time. Thank you again to Prof. Mazur and Preceptor Koleci!
It all took place at Music Makers,
18 Lafayette Road, Suite 2, North Hampton, New Hampshire 03862. For info and directions to the school see the Facebook event here. To find out more about taking music lessons there call Music Makers at 603-964-2950 or send a message via Facebook here.
The festival was packed full of lessons, masterclasses, 5 faculty concerts, pianists, 2 student concerts, the international competition and loads of fun times! I hope you can join us next year for IWWF 2013!
The program also included pianist Max Levinson playing Debussy’s Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra and saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky playing Debussy’s Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, in addition to performances by the orchestra of Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” and Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole. You can see the full program with program notes here.
I was also very excited and honored to play on this program, which was in honor of the 86th birthday of one of Scott McAllister's most influential teacher's, Gunther Schuller, the Pulitzer Prize winning composer, conductor, former President of NEC, and former Director of the Tanglewood Music Center. Gunther was in attendance with smiles on for his 86th.
It was a very special event for me and Yuga, and
it couldn't have turned out any better. Many dear friends, students and family were
all in attendance to share this once-in-a-lifetime moment, and we were very touched
and thankful to have so much wonderful support. For pictures of the event, check
out my Facebook page here,
and you can see the performance by just clicking on the video above.
The jury and prizes offered were the largest of any clarinet competition in the world. It is planned to happen every two years going forward. I had a great time drinking beer and sharing stories with clarinet legends Karl Leister and Stanley Drucker and the other panel members. The entire event was organized by Eddy Vanoosthuyse and was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Pictures coming soon.
The orchestra concert included Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Arismendi Concerto, Ravel La Valse, and Corigliano Concerto, and it took place on Saturday, November 7 at 5:00pm in Simon Bolivar Hall at the Centro de Acción Social por la Música in Caracas. The Facebook event page is HERE.
Our recital on Monday, November 9 at 6:30pm in Concert Hall No. 2 of the Centro de Acción Social por la Música in Caracas included Schumann Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105, Martinu Sonatina, Bernstein Sonata, and Bassi Rigoletto. The Facebook event page is HERE.
The Morton Gould performance was on Sunday, November 8 at 5:00pm at the
Humboldt Cultural Association in Caracas.
Luckily, we had a little bit of free time, so we were able to check out the beaches in Espinho and Matosinho where we also ate some great seafood!
For more info on the fabulous Claremont Trio see their website at http://claremonttrio.com/.
"Jonathan Cohler is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. He has been heard in concerts around the world. His many recordings have been lauded by publications including the American Record Guide, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone... His collaborator in this recording is Lithuanian-born pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite. Initially trained in Vilnius, and later in Italy and at the Boston Conservatory, she has won top prizes at international piano competitions including the Rubinstein, Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes and the Mendelssohn Cup.
The success of the collaboration of these two world-class artists is unquestionable and on vivid display throughout this CD. The duo's performances achieve an ideal blend of elegance, delicacy, and joie de vivre. The listener is struck by the easy virtuosity and inherent musicality of every performance, and by the sensitivity and subtlety of Cohler and Vitkauskaite's ensemble work."
"...flawless...dazzling...sensitivity and grace...sparkling
performances...Rhapsodie Francaise is a CD worthy of any
Some of the other artists chosen for the honor include Yo-Yo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Helene Grimaud, Gustavo Dudamel with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Claudio Abbado with the London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Fournier, Leonid Kogan, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Emil Gilels, and James Galway.
This is the tour poster made our top sponsor Gao's Royal Musical Collection.
Hope you like it!.
The clarinet faculty included yours truly, Valdemar Rodriguez (Simon Bolivar
Orchestra), Jessica Philipps (New York Metropolitan Opera), Robert Spring (soloist),
and Michael Norsworthy (soloist, Boston Conservatory). We also had the brilliant,
young Claremont Trio in residence
and three fabulous pianists: Shizue Sano,
Eliko Akahori, and Yoko Kida.
Here's a live performance of me with the Claremont Trio playing the sixth Bruch piece! From left to right, that's Julie Bruskin (cello), Emily Bruskin (violin), me, and Donna Kwong (piano).
Here's a live performance of me with the Claremont Trio playing the third movement of Beethoven Trio, Op. 11!