by Sam Davies ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid continued in full swing with its second day, packed with clarinet events of all kinds. At 3:30 on Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a lecture-recital presented by Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Walter Verdehr of the world-renowned Verdehr Trio. In 1972, these two fine musicians started their violin/clarinet/piano trio, working over the years with pianists Gary Kirkpatrick and Silvia Roederer. At first, they mainly performed works from the standard repertoire for that chamber ensemble, such as Bartók’s Contrasts. But, as Ludewig-Verdehr said, they realized they wouldn’t be able to play the same few pieces for the rest ofRead More →

Note: Be sure to connect with the official ClarinetFest® 2015 Facebook page (Spanish), I.C.A. Facebook page (English), and Twitter account (@clarinetfest) for updates from the organizers. If you are attending ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid and would like to share your photos, you can submit them to and Be sure to include a caption for the photo as well as your name for photography credit. ClarinetFest® 2015, Day 1: I.C.A. Board Recital / Pedro Rubio Lecture Recital / Opening Gala Concert sponsored by Backun by Sam Davies ClarinetFest® 2015 has begun in Madrid, Spain! After traveling from around the world, hundreds of clarinet professionals, students, amateurs, teachers and enthusiasts arrived atRead More →

Greetings and welcome to our live blogging from ClarinetFest® 2015 in Madrid, Spain! Check back daily for concert reports, competition results, photos and more. And if you’re at the fest, you’re welcome to submit a photo (with caption) for the blog.Read More →