Wednesday, July 26, 2017 It has been an exciting day here in Orlando, Florida! ClarinetFest® 2017 kicked with a bang during the opening gala recital at 1PM. We heard incredible performances by 2016 Young Artist Competition Winner João Paiva, Stanley Drucker, Michele Zukovsky and Eddie Daniels. Other events from today’s program included a wonderful masterclass with Michelle Anderson that was aimed at adult amateur clarinetists, an exciting Mostly Quartets recital, and the Florida Collegiate Clarinet Choir concert. Our research competition also took place. The winner will be formally announced on Saturday evening during the awards ceremony. One of the most highly attended events of the day wasRead More →

carlino competition

Submitted by John Cipolla   Carlino is an Italian commune in the Province of Udine in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, about 50 kilometres northwest of Trieste and about 30 kilometres south of Udine. This tight-knit community organizes an international clarinet competition each year that attracts young professionals from throughout the world. The competition is a vibrant example of the highest artistic standards upheld by the organizers and jury through the demanding rounds of each level. The standards of evaluation are rigorous. Prizes are awarded according to performance ability and artistic maturity. This competition has a strong tradition of producing young artists who go on toRead More →

Sidney Forrest Clarinet competition

Submitted by Alexandra (Sandra) Chappell, Coordinator, Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition 2016 The Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition for High School Students commemorates the legacy of one of America’s most recognized clarinet virtuosos and teachers – Sidney Forrest.  Mr. Forrest taught clarinet at The Catholic University for 50 years, The Peabody Conservatory for 40 years, and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for 45 years. He studied with Simeon Bellison and Alexander Williams. His performing career began as clarinet soloist with the United States Marine Band, and later he was Principal Clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra along with his many concert and chamber music appearances. The second annual Sidney Forrest Clarinet CompetitionRead More →

by Rachel Yoder In May 2015, nine winners of the annual Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition were announced, among them clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson. Johnson recently completed his Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance at The University of Texas at Austin, under the guidance of Dr. Nathan Williams. Recently, he has appeared in recital in Canada, Sweden, Spain, and throughout the state of Texas. Johnson spent the summer of 2014 performing and studying at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; and later in 2014 at the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Vänersborg, Sweden and the Murcia International Clarinet Seminar in Murcia, Spain, allRead More →

by John Warren, coordinator Thirty clarinetists from eight countries submitted digital entries for the 2015 I.C.A. High School Solo Competition. Applicants were required to play Adagio and Tarantella by Ernesto Cavallini and Arlequin by Louis Cahuzac. A panel of three preliminary judges – John Sadak of Wake Forest University, Timothy Phillips of Troy University, and Randall Cunningham of William Jewel College – narrowed the field to six finalists, representing five countries. The finalists performing in Madrid were Alise Gavare (Latvia), Guilherme Batahla (Portugal), Minkyung Chu (South Korea), Ferran Arbona (Spain), Hector Norriega (Mexico) and Antonio Lopez (Portugal). The final, live round was held on Friday,Read More →