New England Conservatory
Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman has opened up new possibilities for the instrument, giving the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and becoming the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1986. He has performed as soloist with more than one hundred orchestras, as a recitalist, chamber musician, and jazz artist. He has performed or recorded with Gary Burton, the Canadian Brass, Chick Corea, Judy Collins, Eddie Gomez, Keith Jarrett, the King’s Singers, George Shearing, Wayne Shorter, Mel Tormé, and Jeremy Wall of Spyro Gyra. He has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works for clarinet. For ten years Stoltzman was a participant in the Marlboro Festival, and subsequently became a founding member of the Tashi chamber music ensemble in 1973. Other chamber music performances and recordings include work with the Beaux Arts Trio and the Amadeus, Cleveland, Guarneri, Vermeer, Tokyo, Emerson, and American string quartets. He has received Grammy awards for his recording of the Brahms sonatas with Richard Goode (1982) and the Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart clarinet trios with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma (1997). He received an Emmy Award for best performing arts video for his performance of the Copland clarinet concerto with Dudley Moore and Michael Tilson Thomas. His laserdisc/videocassette project 1791-1891-1991 includes a performance with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in Vienna’s Konzerthaus of Mozart’s clarinet concerto—200 years to the day after its premiere—along with Brahms’s clarinet quintet and the premiere of Takemitsu’s Fantasma/Cantos.
Stoltzman is the author of the books Aria and The Richard Stoltzman Songbook, both published by Carl Fischer, Inc. Stoltzman has recorded several CDs of clarinet concerti written for him by American composers.
In 2013, Richard Stoltzman was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
B.M., Ohio State University; M.M., Yale University; studies with Keith Wilson at Yale University and Kalmen Opperman at Columbia University. Recordings on RCA, Sony, and MMC.
University of Southern California
Title: Associate Professor
Program: Winds and Percussion
Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Lauded by The New York Times for his “strong imaginative programming,” YEHUDA GILAD takes an innovative approach to music-making, which has earned him a reputation as one of today’s most dynamic and charismatic artists. A conductor, instrumentalist, and teacher, he strives for “total musicianship,” and as a result, he has won the acclaim of both critics and audiences alike.
Currently Music Director of the Colburn Orchestra, Gilad served as Music Director of the Colonial Symphony of New Jersey from 1988-2003. According to The Star-Ledger, he “transformed the Colonial Symphony into one of [New Jersey’s] artistic trendsetters.” Other music directorships have included the 20th Century Unlimited concert series (Santa Fe, New Mexico), the Thornton Chamber Orchestra, and the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra. His appearances as a guest conductor have garnered critical acclaim in the United States, Asia, and Europe, where he has conducted throughout Spain, Sweden, Germany, and France. In 1987 he became the first Israeli-born conductor to perform in China and has since conducted numerous engagements in Beijing and Shanghai. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with nearly every leading artist, including Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Pepe Romero, Joseph Kalichstein, Vladimir Feltsman, and Anne-Marie McDermott.
Additionally, Gilad has had an instrumental role in the founding and forming of several notable festivals. From 1982-1993 he directed the Malibu Strawberry Creek Music Festival, hailed by the Los Angles Times as “a summer festival in which inspired, enthusiastic performance and intelligent, varied programming are the norm.”
An accomplished clarinetist, Gilad has performed at top music festivals across the country, including the Marlboro Music Festival and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. He also founded the Yoav Chamber Ensemble, which performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, and the Colburn Woodwind Chamber Players, which toured Germany, China, and the United States. Gilad is also a renowned teacher, having developed one of the most prestigious clarinet studios in the country. His students can be heard throughout the world, and many are members of major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Stockholm, Hong Kong, and Seoul philharmonics. His students have won prizes at most of the top competitions, such as the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, the International Clarinet Association Competition, the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, Munich’s ARD International Music Competition, and the Prague Spring International Music Competition.
In addition to his professorship at the University of Southern California and position as master teacher at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music and School for the Performing Arts, Gilad is regularly invited to present master classes and performances at music conservatories and festivals worldwide. He has been invited to such institutions as Kings College (Sweden), the Winter Festival in Spain, the Curtis Institute, the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, Mannes College, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Whether at home or abroad, Gilad is passionate about arts education and expanding the role that orchestras play within the community. This passion has led him to champion American and contemporary music, as well as educational programs that bring professional level orchestras into public schools. As the music director of the Colonial Symphony, Gilad established the orchestra not only as a premiere regional orchestra, but also as an active teaching orchestra, integrating their performances into urban and suburban schools’ curricula. His dedication to fostering increased public appreciation and support of classical music has led to frequent appearances on international television and radio. This fall, Gilad fulfilled a child’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation by spending a day meeting and teaching a clarinet student with cancer.
Among the many honors and awards Gilad has received are the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Israel-America Cultural Foundation Scholarship. Furthermore, under his leadership as Music Director, the Colonial Symphony received NEA grants for seven consecutive years as well as two Distinguished Arts Organization Awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its artistry and program merits.
Born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Gilad began his musical education at the age of 16. Following his conservatory studies, he immigrated to the United States in 1975 to further his education. His former teachers were Giora Feidman, Mitchell Lurie, William Schaefer, Daniel Lewis, and Herbert Zipper. Gilad was also an active participant in numerous intensive master classes with the late Sergiu Celibidache and Leonard Bernstein.
Cleveland Institute of Music
Head, Clarinet Department; Frank K. Griesinger Chair in Clarinet, has been the principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976. First-prize winner in the International Music Competition in Munich in 1968, Mr. Cohen received a bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School of Music. He is a frequent soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, appearing twice yearly; he has performed solo in Cleveland, Carnegie Hall, throughout the U.S., Europe and the Far East with conductors Christopher von Dohnányi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, Jahja Ling, Yoel Levi, Leonard Slatkin, Christopher Eschenbach, Eduardo Mata, and Jesus Lopez-Cobos. Mr. Cohen's recordings on the London/Decca label include the Brahms Clarinet Trio, Op. 114 with pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and cellist Stephen Geber, and the two Brahms sonatas, recorded with Mr. Ashkenazy. He also recorded the Debussy Rhapsody on the DGG label with The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez conducting, a recording that won two Grammy Awards. Mr. Cohen has served on many international juries, including the 1998 Munich Competition. He was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1976.
Clarinet Audition Requirements
1.Two contrasting Etudes from Rose 32 Etudes
2. Mozart clarinet concerto
3. A prepared piece of the applicant’s choice
4. A work composed since 1970. This may be a concerto, a work with piano, or one for solo clarinet.
5.Three to Six orchestral excerpts: