104 – David Shifrin on Clarinet Celebration 2019

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One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator, and is also the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Northwest. Today we discuss the upcoming Clarinet Celebration and Competition in Portland, Oregon, why David prefers synthetic reeds, managing a music career as a parent, and some tips on planning an artistic, fulfilling, and yet also challenging recital program, both for the artist and the audience.

Discussion Topics:

  • Backun Lumiere Clarinet 
    • Wood types and key plating
  • Listener question: What advice do you have for clarinetists on selecting a new instrument? – @shane_clarinetist
    • Evenness of response
    • Pitch
  • Synthetic vs. Cane Reeds – pros and cons? 
    • Is giving up on cane reeds taking away from the artistry of playing the clarinet?
  • Clarinet Celebration 2019 – Chamber Music Northwest
    • June 24th – 30th, 2019
    • Portland State University – Portland, OR
    • A week-long event of clarinet performances, masterclasses, lectures, clarinet vendors, and a competition!
  • Fostering the next generation of clarinetists 
  • Applying for competitions and other clarinet events
  • Creative Programming Considerations
    • Collaborators and Audience
    • Variety in the Repertoire:
      • masterworks
      • less-known works
      • and other new pieces
    • Degree Recitals:
      • Something that you’ve played before that – and do it better
      • Something that you’ve worked on, but never played
      • Something new
  • Maintaining your music career as a parent
  • Listener question: What are your thoughts on the online clarinet community? – @shane_clarinetist
    • There are some excellent resources being shared on these sites and the community is very exciting!
    • Michelle Anderson and her clarinet community will be at the Clarinet Celebration 2019 in Portland
  • Listener question: Do you have any recording projects coming out soon? – jefferson_s_3740
    • Nielsen Album
      • Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto transcribed for a smaller instrumentation
      • Neilsen’s Humorous Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano
    • Clarinet Quintet Album
      • 3 new works commissioned by David Shifrin

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