Michigan State University, Principal Clarinet of Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Israeli-American clarinetist Guy Yehuda is recognized as one of the most outstanding and unique talents on the international concert stage today. The top prizewinner of several international competitions, such as the Heida Hermanns and Fischoff, Yehuda was hailed by composer John Corigliano as “One of the most awe-inspiring clarinetists today.” He has toured extensively in Europe, North America, Israel and China. As principal clarinetist, he has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, Lucerne Contemporary Festival Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, among others, as well as guest clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Yehuda performed on tours of Europe and the U.S. under the batons of top conductors including Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and Daniel Barenboim. He performed and collaborated with the world’s top composers and performers including Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, John Corigliano, Menahem Pressler from the Beaux-Arts Trio, and the Cypress and Harrington String Quartets. A highly demanded musician, he has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Spoleto, Verbier, Lucerne, Ottawa Chamber Music, Parry Sound, and Domain Forget festivals, and at the Israeli Chamber Music Festivals of Kfar Blum and Haifa.
Yehuda is a sought-after recitalist throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed as soloist in prestigious halls and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Domain Forget, (Canada), Chicago Symphony Hall, Palacio Fuz and Casa di Musica in Portugal, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv and Dame Myra Hess Chamber Series. He has appeared regularly as a guest artist on Public Radio across the U.S and abroad, and he has been a frequent artist on a number of live recordings for CBC. His discography includes: Music by French composer Jean Francaix, on the XII-21 Canadian Label; several CD recordings with Albany records; and the most recent release of the Brahms and Reger Sonatas on the Blue Griffin record label in 2015.
Yehuda has given master classes throughout the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China and Israel. He is a Selmer-Paris and D’Addario Reeds international performing artist and product consultant. He held visiting faculty positions at Indiana University and the University of Virginia, and has been the clarinet professor at the University of North Florida. Currently, he is the Associate Professor and Artist Teacher of Clarinet at Michigan State University College of Music, and principal clarinetist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He is the clarinet faculty resident at the Vianden Summer Festival in Europe, Aria International Music Festival in Massachusetts and Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy in California.
Clarinet Soloist with the French Garde Republicane Orchestra
First soloist of the Orchestra of the Republican Guard of Paris, Sylvie HUE has pursued parallel studies in music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, and in literature at the University of Paris XII.
A student of Guy Deplus and Christian Lardé, she obtained a unanimous First Prize in clarinet in 1987 and two First Prizes in chamber music in 1988. She also received a degree in modern literature in the same year. She studied composition with Jean-Michel Bardez.
First Prize in the International Competition of Clarinet in Japan in 1988, laureate of the International Competition in Prague in 1991, she since has performed in recitals and with orchestras in France and abroad.
Concertos and chamber music pieces have been dedicated to her by notorious composers : Pierre Ancelin, Francine Aubin, Roger Boutry, Graciane Finzi, Armando Ghidoni, Richard Phillips…
Equally active pedagogically, she teaches in the Darius Milhaud Conservatoire in Paris City, and in Orsay Conservatoire, as well as in Senzoku-Gakuen University (Tokyo) as guest-professor. She has been in charge of the woodwinds section of the French Youth National Wind Orchestra.
Imminent musicians recognize in Sylvie HUE an artist in possession of a proven technique and an exceptional sonority which convey a great sensibility in her playing. The critics acknowledge her as “one of our best clarinetists” ( J. Bonnaure, from Répertoire journal ).
Principal Clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra & Santa Fe Opera Orchestra
Principal Clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, four-time Grammy Award-winner Todd Levy has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, with the Israel Philharmonic, and at the White House. An active chamber musician, Mr. Levy has appeared with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, Ying, Miro and Miami string quartets; James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, and Mitsuko Uchida. He has also been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for four summers, and was a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Aspen Wind Quintet.
Also in demand as a Guest Principal Clarinetist with the top American orchestras, Mr. Levy has played Principal Clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and frequently for Seiji Ozawa and Riccardo Muti in Japan at the Tokyo Opera Nomori and the Mito Chamber Orchestra An avid supporter of new music, he has performed world premiere concerti or chamber works by composers such as John Harbison, Joan Tower, Peter Schickele, Paquito D’Rivera, Morton Subotnick, and Marc Neikrug and performs on the new release of Marc Neikrug’s Through Roses chamber work with violinist Pinchas Zuckerman, actor John Rubenstein, and the composer conducting.
Mr. Levy’s new CD for Avie, Rhapsodie, featuring 20th Century classics for clarinet, was released in November of 2016. He has recorded the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas and Schumann pieces for Avie, and three educational book/CDs of clarinet competition works entitled the Clarinet Collection for G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard. In addition, Mr. Levy has recorded and edited the new exclusive print editions/CDs of the Bernstein Clarinet Sonata and the Finzi Five Bagatelles for Boosey and Hawkes/Hal Leonard, and over 20 other orchestral and chamber music CDs on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, and Decca labels. In 2020, he has helped to compile a new book for Leduc/Hal Leonard of 20th Century French works for clarinet and piano which will be published this year. An avid supporter and Performing Artist for Selmer-Paris and Vandoren, Mr. Levy plays on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures, and Selmer Signature clarinets. He is also on the faculty of UW-Milwaukee, and at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Clarinet Professor at Rouen Conservatory, France
Graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Paris (1st Prize and Prize Léon Leblanc), Aude Richard-Camus perfected her art at the Mozart Academy (Czech Republic), the Stuttgart Musik Hochschule (Germany) and at the Yale University (U.S.A.; Master of Music).
She won a 1st Prize at the « Festival Musical d’Automne des Jeunes interprètes » (Europe), at the Concerto Competition (U.S.A., Connecticut), and at the Woolsey Hall Competition (U.S.A.). She is also Laureate of the Pierre Salvi Prize and of the Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize (Yale University).
Former holder of L’Itinéraire ensemble (contemporary music), she regularly performs with prestigious orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, the Paris Opera Orchestra and the Rouen Opera orchestra, conducted by Daniele Gatti, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur and Myung-Whun Chung, amongst other. As a soloist she playes, amongst other, in France, U.S.A., Czech Republic, Poland, Costa Rica, Germany, Portugal and Israel.
Since 1999, Richard Camus Aude is Professor of clarinet at the CRR in Rouen, a position that previously occupied Jacques Lancelot.
In 2017, Aude Richard-Camus founded the A.M.R.C posturology teaching method, which is based on the Alexander technique. This revolutionary teaching approach has led her to teach at the “C.N.S.M.D. de Lyon” in France, the “Haute École de Genève” in Switzerland, the C.M.N. of Portland in USA and the “Lourès Festival” in Portugal, as well as at many universities and conservatories in France.
Arizona State University
Robert Spring has been described as “one of this country’s most sensitive and talented clarinetists,” Arizona Republic, “dazzled his audience…flawless technique,” The Clarinet Magazine, and “a formidable soloist…played with great emotional life” Copenhagen, Denmark, Politiken. Spring’s recording of Grawemeier Award winning composer Joan Tower’s works for clarinet was described by The Clarinet Magazine as “truly outstanding….one would be hard pressed to find better performances of contemporary music….first rate music performed with the highest professional standards.” The Instrumentalist Magazine says of his recording, “Dragon’s Tongue”, a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band, “His musicality and technique make this recording a must for every CD collection.” Fanfare Magazine says of the CD, “Tarantelle”, music that the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz recorded on violin, being performed on clarinet, “This recording was meant to amaze and, man, it succeeds.”
The America Record Guide writes about his recent recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, “Spring is fabulous in the Copland. His phrasing is elegant swing tailored with great flow and a spread of tone colors and expressive subtleties. His low- and mid-range are especially warm, rich, and embracing and highly effective in the introduction and in the bridge to the jazzy finale. And boy what a finale! The pace is neatly judged to pick up at critical junctures so that, by the end, it feels like an improvised jam session.”
Spring attended the University of Michigan where he was awarded three degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He was recently awarded the “Citation of Merit Award” from the School of Music Alumni Society. His teachers included John Mohler, David Shifrin and Paul Shaller. Spring has performed as a recitalist or soloist with symphony orchestras and wind bands in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America, and has been heard in the United States on National Public Radio’s, Performance Today. He frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator and teaches on the faculties of several summer music festivals. He has published numerous articles on multiple articulation and other contemporary clarinet techniques.
Spring was president of the International Clarinet Association from 1998-2000 and has performed for numerous International Clarinet Association conventions. He hosted the 1995 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest at Arizona State University where he is presently professor of music in clarinet. Spring is also a guest professor at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. He is a Henri Selmer Paris Artist and performances on the Privilège clarinet.
Michigan State University, American Modern Ensemble
Tasha Warren, assistant professor of chamber music at the Michigan State University College of Music, is an avid teacher and international performer. She has premiered hundreds of solo clarinet and chamber works working closely with composers and conductors including Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Cliff Colnot, and Oliver Knussen. She has recorded with Innova, Alba, SCI, and Crystal Records, the I.U. New Music Ensemble, Hal Leonard Productions, CBC Radio, and PBC Korea Television. Her most recent CD, Black Lines, chamber music for clarinet and strings, was released in 2018 on Centaur Records.
Warren has taught on the music performance faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Virginia. As clarinetist with American Modern Ensemble, Warren currently serves on the faculty of Mostly Modern Festival. She played principal clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2011, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic from 2004-2009. She has implemented chamber music programs with MAYO Youth Orchestra, University of Virginia, and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appointed in 2011 by Maestro Riccardo Muti. Mr. Williamson was formerly the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In addition, he has been a frequent guest principal clarinetist with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan under Seiji Ozawa.
Mr. Williamson is currently on the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He has served on the clarinet faculty at Columbia University and the Mannes College of Music in New York City, as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the Domaine Forget International Music Festival in Québec. He has recorded for the Sony Classics, Telarc, CRI, BMG, Naxos and Decca labels and can be heard on numerous film soundtracks.
An avid soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Williamson has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has collaborated with such artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Anne Marie McDermott and many others, as well as with his fellow CSO musicians as part of CSO Chamber Players whose April 2019 program in Orchestra Hall features Bartók’s Contrasts and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. He made his CSO solo debut with the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in 2016 under guest conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, subsequently performing the work on the Orchestra’s East and West Coast tours with music director Riccardo Muti during the 2017/18 season. Mr. Williamson also performed Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the Sapporo Symphony in Kitara Hall during the 2018 Pacific Music Festival.
He received his bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and his master’s degree from the Juilliard School. As a Fulbright Scholar, he furthered his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. His past teachers include Peter Rieckhoff, Charles Neidich, Kenneth Grant and Michael Webster. Past awards include the Saunderson Award from the Coleman Chamber Music Competition; the 1997 New York Concert Artist Guild Competition Nathan Wedeen Award; and the Grand Prize in the 1st Annual Buffet Crampon North American Clarinet Competition in 1994. He was also the only American semi-finalist in both the 1993 and 1998 ARD International Music Competition for Clarinet.
A long-time Selmer-Paris and Vandoren Artist, Mr. Williamson currently plays Selmer Signature clarinets and uses Vandoren traditional reeds with a James Pyne JX/BC mouthpiece. He resides in Wilmette, IL with his wife Jill, sons Ryan, Connor, Matthew and their dog Lila.