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.
Principal Clarinet of Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Bradford Behn studied clarinet performance with Robert Marcellus at Northwestern University, where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in 1989 and 1990. Brad is Principal Clarinet of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has also held positions as Principal Clarinet with the Fort Collins Symphony and Tulsa Symphony, and previously served as 2nd/E-flat Clarinet with the Tulsa Philharmonic and the Savannah Symphony. Additional experiences include orchestral performances with the symphonies of Boston, Baltimore, Utah, Colorado, San Antonio, Alabama, Charleston (SC), and Naples (FL).
Active as an educator, Brad has served as the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Oklahoma City University, Adjunct Clarinet Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, Instructor of Clarinet at Tulsa Community College, and has been guest clinician at institutions around the world. He has also been the sabbatical teaching replacement at the University of Colorado–Boulder, University of Oklahoma–Norman, and Oklahoma State University.
Since 1992, Brad has been highly dedicated to mouthpiece acoustics and has been in demand for his mouthpiece refacing and customization skills. In 2003, Brad expanded his business to Behn Mouthpieces, producing mouthpieces for players of all levels, while continuing to provide refacing services. Today, Brad owns and operates BEHN, LLC, along with his wife, So Rhee, and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. Together, they also own and operate Window Saver Company, LLC.
Florida State University
Jonathan Holden is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University, Principal Clarinetist of the West Michigan Symphony and a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. A frequent guest of numerous orchestras, he has performed with ensembles such as the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Baton Rouge and Lansing symphony orchestras, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Mobile Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Vireo Ensemble (clarinet, violin, cello, piano) and the Argot Trio (clarinet, violin, piano).
Holden is an ardent soloist and chamber music collaborator. He has made guest appearances with ensembles such as the Degas, Ciompi and Voxare string quartets and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician by invitation of the British Clarinet Congress, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, Festival South, Festival Contempoaneo (Brazil), Alfredo de Saint Malo Festival (Panama), Chamber Music Wilmington, American Music Festival and Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival. He has given performances, clinics and masterclasses at collegiate establishments in the US and overseas including Vanderbilt, Michigan State University, the national conservatories of Panama and Paris and the universities of Memphis, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Rio de Janeiro.
A proponent of new chamber music, Holden’s latest work with the Argot Trio has yielded notable fundraising success and the commissioning of several new trios to be included on a forthcoming CD, Made in Mississippi, featuring works inspired by the birthplace of America’s music. Contributing composers include Luigi Zaninelli, Michael Burns, Alan Theisen and James Sclater. The Argot Trio’s recording of a new work by Steven Holochwost was released in 2013 on the Albany label. Holden has also prepared and performed works for composers Bright Sheng, Peter Sculthorpe, Ricardo Tacuchian and Judith Zaimont.
Jonathan Holden received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where he studied with eminent soloist and chamber musician Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, as well as Nathan Williams and Theodore Oien. He received his BM and MM performance degrees from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Joy Farrall, Andrew Webster and celebrated recording artist Dame Thea King.
Clarinetist Maureen Hurd Hause has appeared in concerts and master classes throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, performing at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, (le) poisson rouge as soloist in Michel van der Aa’s Hysteresis, and at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with the American Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and the Broadway production of The King and I at Lincoln Center. She has presented international master classes and performances in Korea, France, and Mexico, and she has performed at International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests® in Belgium, Italy, Japan, Canada, and the US and at the Norfolk, Skaneateles, Lancaster, and Zodiac Festivals. She has been recognized for her study and performances of classical works connected to Benny Goodman, including the recent 2019 world premiere of the last Goodman commission, Allen Shawn’s Concerto for Clarinet and Cello (completed in 1983 but never before performed) and presenting lectures and performances at Yale University, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the University of North Texas. She has published articles on the subject in The Clarinet, journal of the International Clarinet Association. She is Head of the Woodwind Program and Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has recorded for Naxos, MSR Classics and Marquis Classics. Her solo CD, Spelunk, includes premiere recordings of American works for clarinet and includes music by William Bolcom, Evan Hause, Morton Gould, Alan Shulman, and Robert Starer. She recently performed William Bolcom’s Concerto with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, and she was soloist for that ensemble’s Naxos recording of Michael Daugherty’s Brooklyn Bridge. Her primary teachers were David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima, and Joseph Messenger. She is a Selmer Paris Artist, a D’Addario Artist, and a Silverstein Works Artist, playing Selmer Paris Signature and Recital clarinets, D’Addario Reserve and Reserve Classic reeds, and Silverstein ligatures.
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.
Principal Clarinet of Orchestre National de Lyon
After his first years with professor Yves Didier, François Sauzeau carries on his studies at Paris Superior Conservatoire where he was unanimously awarded two first prizes. He started his career as Principal Clarinet of Grenoble Instrumental Ensemble and was appointed Principal Clarinet of Lyon National Orchestra in 1984 where he still is active. To name but a few, he performed under the baton of conductors: Serge Baudo, Alain Lombard, Kurt Sanderling, Raphael Frubeck de Burgos, Eliahu Inbal, Leonard Slatkin.
François Sauzeau plays regularly as a soloist in the concerti of Stamitz, Mozart,Weber, Rossini, Strauss, Debussy and Copland. Passionate about the contemporary music. He worked with Luciano Berio on the Sequenza for clarinet and Olivier Messiaen on the quartet for the end of time.
François Sauzeau collaborated with top class artists such as : the quartets Elysée, Debussy, Ardeo, Akilone, Alain Meunier, Anne Lebozec, Christian Ivaldi, Sylvie Gazeau, Elisabeth Rigollet, Pascal Gallet, Jean Claude Pennetier and Joseph Sylverstein, David Grimal, Dana Ciocarlie, Lars Vogt, and Heinrich Schiff.
Francois Sauzeau taught in the academies of Flaines, Vannes, at the École Normale de Musique de Paris (assistant) in the National Schools of Music of Blanc Mesnil, of Bourgoin Jallieu, at INSA, Lyon in the music studies. He is currently a lecturer of chamber music for wind instruments at the CNSMDPL (National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon). He is regularly called to the jury of CNSMDP, CNSMDPL, HEM de Geneva, and in national and international competitions.
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.