Clareidoscope 2023: Listening Panel

Listening Panel – Zoom
March 18, 2023 at 4:30 PM EDT

Jonathan Cohler, Julianne Doyle, Steven Klimowski, Robert Spring

Clarinet recordings have changed dramatically over the last 80 years. Early recordings were
limited in sound quality versus the recordings of today where anything is possible. The panel will
discuss how the recording process contrasts with the early days, highlight some great clarinet
recordings from the past, share a list of recommended recordings from ICA chairs, and more. This
will be a guided listening session to encourage participants to seek out recordings across multiple

Conductor and clarinetist Jonathan Cohler has been hailed as “the preeminent, most-recorded
soloist of our time” (Fanfare). As both clarinetist and conductor, he has received numerous
resounding accolades including the Outstanding Recording mark of the American Record Guide,
BBC Music Magazine’s Best CDs of The Year selection, and many more. His recordings regularly
appear at the top of the Amazon classical charts. Mr. Cohler has teamed up with multiple-award-
winning Lithuanian pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite to form today’s leading clarinet-piano duo, which is
featured in four recent recordings.

Julianne Kirk Doyle is Professor of Clarinet and Director of the Crane Youth Music Camp at the
Crane School of Music SUNTY Potsdam. She plays with the Aria Reed Trio, Crane Woodwind
Quintet and Crane Reed Quintet and is Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra of Northern New York
and Northern Symphonic Winds. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music from
the Eastman School of Music and Bachelors of Music from the University of Oklahoma. Her
primary teachers include Jon Manasse, David Etheridge and Bradford Behn. She is an artist with
Backun Musical Services and DANSR/Vandoren.

Steven Klimowski’s principal teacher was Leon Russianoff. (1970-1977) He attended the
Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase. Steven has played with the Orchesta Sinfonica
del Estado de Mexico (1977-1979) the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the VSO Woodwind Trio
(1984-2019), the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra (1995-2010), the Burlington Chamber
Orchestra (2008-2018), and principal clarinet with the Middlebury Opera Company (2009 – 2017).
In 1987, Steve founded the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble and has been its artistic
director ever since and commissioned over 150 compositions. Steven Klimowski is the adjunct
clarinet teacher at the University of Vermont (1981-present), Saint Michael’s College, and
Middlebury College. Mr. Klimowski has twice been honored with an individual artist’s fellowship
from the Vermont Council on the Arts and received its Citation of Merit.

Robert Spring, described as “one of this country’s most sensitive and talented clarinetists”,
Arizona Republic, and “formidable soloist” Copenhagen, Denmark, Politiken. His recording of
Tower’s works for clarinet, called by The Clarinet Magazine as “truly outstanding….one would be
hard pressed to find better performances. “The Instrumentalist Magazine says of his “Dragon’s
Tongue”, “His musicality and technique make this a must for every CD collection.” America
Record Guide says of his Copland Clarinet Concerto, “Spring is fabulous….by the end, it feels
like an improvised jam session.”He has three degrees from University of Michigan, and the
“Citation of Merit Award”. He was President of the International Clarinet Association from 1998-
2000, and Professor of Clarinet at Arizona State University. He is an Honorary Member in the
ICA. He is a Henri Selmer Paris Artist performing on the Privilège clarinet.

Listening Panel Recommended Recordings

When: 03/18/2023 | 4:30 pm

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