Michigan State University, 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.
Orchestra di Santa Cecilia
Alessandro Carbonare, born in Desenzano del Garda (Italy), is principal clarinet of the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2003.
Prior to this, for 15 years he lived in Paris where he served as principal clarinet of the Orchestre National de France.
Carbonare was awarded many international music competitions around the world, among others, Geneva in 1990, Prague in 1991, Toulon in 1991, ARD Munich in 1991 and in 1992, and Paris in 1992.
His concerto appearances include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the National Orchestra of Spain, the Oslo Philarmonic Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, the Wien the Sinfonietta, the Orchestre National de France, the Berlin Radio Orchestra and all major Italian orchestras.
As principal clarinet Carbonare also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Personally invited by Claudio Abbado, he played with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and under him has live-recorded the Mozart clarinet concerto K622 for Deutsche Grammophon, which won the 49th Record Academy Awards 2013. Many other recordings are available, such as “Alessandro Carbonare, the Art of Clarinet” for Decca.
Alessandro Carbonare plays not only classical music but also Jazz and Klezmer in several occasions and with different high calibre musicians.
He is an active member of FESNOJIV in Venezuela, teaching music for free to hundreds of poor young people in Caracas.
He often works together with many famous musician friends, such as Leonidas Kavakos, Pinkas Zuckerman, Alexandre Lonquich, Lang Lang, Martha Argherich, Paquito D’Riveira, Luis Sclavis, Enrico Pieranunzi and Stefano Bollani.
Carbonare is professor at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and during summer courses at Accademia Chigiana di Siena.
Milwaukee Symphony, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Todd Levy is Principal Clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and of the Santa Fe Opera, as well as a participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Todd Levy is on the clarinet faculty at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee.
He made his debut at the age of seventeen performing the Hindemith Clarinet Concerto at Lincoln Center. Mr. Levy won his first Principal Clarinet audition at the age of 18 when he was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Stamford (Connecticut) Symphony. Since then, some highlights of his solo career have included concerto appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and with the Israel Philharmonic in Tel-Aviv. In addition, Mr. Levy has collaborated with some of the latter 20th Centurys most significant composers in performances of the Brahms f minor Sonata arranged for clarinet and orchestra by Luciano Berio with Maestro Berio conducting, the World Premiere of Peter Schickeles Concerto for Clarinet and Flute with the composer conducting, the European premiere of John Harbisons Concerto for Clarinet and Oboe, and the World Premiere of Marc Neikrug’s Clarinet Concerto in March of 2010 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Levy was a featured soloist in the Mozart Bicentennial at Lincoln Center where he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Mostly Mozart Festival. In November of 1998, Mr. Levy performed Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue at the White House for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton. A frequent soloist for the Lar Lubovitch Dance CompanyLar Lubovitch Dance Company, Mr. Levy, at the request of choreographer Lar Lubovitch, performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in the U.S. Premiere of the Company’s Concerto 622 at Carnegie Hall. Since then, he has collaborated with the company numerous times in performances of this work at New York’s City Center and also with New York City Ballet Orchestra at the Dancing For Life AIDS benefit at Lincoln Centers New York State Theater.
He has participated in two Grammy Award winning recordings – the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra CD entitled Shadow Dances – Stravinsky Miniatures in February 2001 and the RenŽe Fleming CD entitled Bel Canto in February 2003. In 1999, his recording of Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue with Michael Boriskin (piano) and the EOS Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Sheffer was given a Rosette in the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs. His latest recording of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with UWM faculty member Elena Abend on the Avie label is available on iTunes. In June of 2007, he recorded three book/CDs for a new project for the G. Schirmer Instrumental Library Collection called the Clarinet Collection published by Hal Leonard (see recordings section on this website). In 2010, he recorded and co-edited the new Boosey and Hawkes edition of the Bernstein Clarinet Sonata which is now in book/CD form. Mr. Levy can also be heard on the 2008 release of Marc Neikrug’s Through Roses chamber work for the Koch label, together with violinist Pinchas Zuckerman, actor John Rubenstein and the composer conducting. He has recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon, London/Decca, BMG and Telarc labels. For a full discography, visit the recordings section of toddlevy.org.
In 1988, Mr. Levy became the principal clarinet of the New World Symphony under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. In January of 1996, Mr. Levy made his debut as guest Principal Clarinet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in all eight performances of Janacek’s The Makropulos Case with soprano Jessye Norman. Since that time and until becoming the Principal Clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony in 2000, Mr. Levy appeared regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and as Eb clarinetist on all of the Met Chamber Ensemble concerts at Carnegie Hall with James Levine conducting and playing the piano. In addition to the Met, he has been guest Principal Clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes.
An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, Mendelssohn, Ying and Miami Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, James Levine, Pinchas Zuckerman, Marc Neikrug, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Carol Wincenc and Paula Robison. He has also given World Premiere performances of chamber music pieces by Joan Tower, Paquito DRivera, Morton Subotnick. He has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for four summers, a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Aspen Wind Quintet.
Recent highlights include the launch of www.toddlevy.org, Principal Clarinet for 2005, 2006, 2008 seasons of the Tokyo Opera Nomori under Seiji Ozawa and Riccardo Muti in Tokyo, and Principal Clarinet with the 2006 Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra under Alan Gilbert. He performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures, and Selmer Signature clarinets. Mr. Levy is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with David Weber.
Manhattan School of Music
Michael Lowenstern, widely considered one of the finest bass clarinetists in the world, has performed, recorded and toured as a soloist and with ensembles of every variety.
Lowenstern has written music for concert, film, dance and various other media over the span of his 25-year career. His collaborations have included remixes for the landmark recording “In C Remixed,” featured on NPR’s RadioLab, Michael Gordon’s video opera “Chaos” and various dance works with David Lang. And he has performed with ensembles as diverse as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Steve Reich Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Klezmatics. To date he can be heard on over fifty CDs, including six solo recordings of his own.
He trained at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Eastman School of Music, Stony Brook University and the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, studying clarinet and bass clarinet with Charles Neidich, Harry Sparnaay, Richard MacDowell and John Bruce Yeh.
Not satisfied with the status-quo in music education, Michael’s (irreverent and occasionally controversial) YouTube channel has become a source of information and edutainment for millions of viewers across the globe. When he’s not dreaming up more videos, he’s traveling regularly as a guest lecturer at universities across the world. And when he’s stuck in New York, Michael serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He’s also the Group Creative Director for Amazon in New York, which has nothing to do with music, but whatever.
He lives in Brooklyn with his (very tolerant) family.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Michael Norsworthy has been hailed as “a dramatic performer…with beautiful tonal nuances” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), and “one of the world’s best clarinetists” (Michael Finnissy, composer), and is acclaimed as both a soloist and sought-after chamber musician. A veritable chameleon, he regularly defies categorization and has captivated critics and audiences around the globe with performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. As one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire, he has premiered over 160 works in collaboration with a who’s who of composers including Babbitt, Birtwistle, Carter, Dench, Ferneyhough, Finnissy, Gompper, Lachenmann, Lindberg, Murail, and Rihm among many others in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, The Casals Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. As soloist he has performed an extensive repertoire of concerti with orchestras throughout the U.S., and ensembles in the Americas and Europe and has recently recorded with the Royal Philharmonic in London. He is principal clarinet with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and has shared the stage with such popular and jazz icons as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover and Bela Fleck and has performed for combined audiences of over 730,000 in the touring production “Star Wars In Concert”. His current discography of over 50 releases can be found on the Albany, BMOP/sound, Cantaloupe, Cirrus Music, ECM, Gasparo, Mode, Navona, New World, and New Focus labels. Currently, Norsworthy is Professor of Clarinet and Head of the Woodwind Department at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and on the artist faculty of the Longy School at Bard College. He is an artistic advisor for Henri Selmer Paris and an artist clinician for Vandoren.
Kimberly Cole Luevano
University of North Texas
With reviews such as “breathtaking…” (The Clarinet), “virtuosic tone and technique”(Tampa Bay Times), “exceptionally sensitive and introspective rendition” (The Clarinet), and “a most skillful artist” (Fanfare Magazine), Kimberly Cole Luevano continually establishes herself as a formidable soloist and chamber musician known for poignant interpretations and inventive programming. Luevano’s recordings on the Fleur de Son label, “Bright Angel” (2013) and “Atonement” (2015), received critical acclaim and were considered in the Grammy nomination process, and her disc of world premiere recordings for clarinet, violin, and piano, TrioPolis One, will be released in 2017. Her recording of Michael Daugherty’s “Brooklyn Bridge” with the UNT Wind Symphony was released on the GIA label in 2016, and her chamber recordings are available on the Centaur and Albany labels. Luevano joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2011 and served as a member of the clarinet faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp from 2003 to 2012. She was Pedagogy Chairperson for the International Clarinet Association from 2012-14 and has given acclaimed solo and chamber performances, adjudicated, and taught masterclasses on four continents. Former students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the United States and Canada. With pianist Midori Koga and soprano Lindsay Kesselman, she forms the trio, Haven, “….A refuge for the creation of new music for soprano, clarinet, and piano.” Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Luevano studied in Paris as the recipient of a Fulbright Grant and Kade Fellowship. She plays and endorses Selmer Paris instruments and is a D’Addario and Company Performing Artist. Luevano resides in Corinth with her husband and two teen-aged sons who still like to watch TV with her.
Michigan State University
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 numerous 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, and SCI Records, the I.U. New Music Ensemble, Hal Leonard Productions, CBC Radio, and PBC Korea Television. Crystal Records released her CD, The Naked Clarinet, in December 2009, which garnered praise in reviews from International Record Review, Fanfare Magazine, The Clarinet Magazine and others.
Warren has taught on the music performance faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Virginia. 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. She holds MM and DMA performance degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from the studios of James Campbell and Eli Eban.