Charles Neidich (U.S.A.) hailed by the New Yorker ad " a master of his instrument and beyond a clarinetist". Charles Neidich has been described as one of the most mesmerixing musicians performing before the public today. He regularly appears as soloist and as collaborator in chamber music programs with leading ensembles including the Saint Louis Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchstra, I Musici di Montreal, Tafelmusik, Handel / Haydn Society, Royal Philharmonis, Deutsches Philharmonis, MDR Symphony, Yomiuri Nihon Symphony, National Symphony of Taiwai, and the Juilliard, Guarneri, Brentano, American, Mendelssohn, Carmina, Colorado, and Cavani String Quartets. Mr. Neidich has performes throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and is a sought after participant at many summer festivals such as the Marlboro and Sarasota festivals in the USA, the Orford and Domaines Forget festivals in Canada, BBC Proms in England, Festival Consonances and Pontivy in France, Corsi Internazionali di Perfezionamento in Italy, Kuhmo, Crusell Week, Turku, and Korsholm festivals in Finland, the Apeldoorn Festival in Holland, Music from Moritzburg in Germany, the Kirishima and Lilia summer festivals in Japan, and Beijing Festivals in China.
When Charles Neidich began studying clarinet with his father, Irving Neidich at the age of 7, he had already started piano lessons with his mother, Litsa Gania Neidich. He continued studying both instruments, but the clarinet gradually won out, and he went at the age of 17 to continue studying with the noted clarinet teacher, Leon Russianoff. After 4 years at Yale University where he majored in Anthropology, Charles Neidich went to the Moscow State Conservatory as the first recipient of a Fulbright grant to study in the Soviet Union. He studies in Moscow for 3 years as a student of the clarinetist, Boris Dikov, and the pianist, Kirill Vinogradov. Known as a leading exponent of period instrument performance practice (he is the founder of the noted period instrument wind wnsemble, "Mozzafiato"), Charles Neidich was one of the first soloists to improvise cadenzas and ornament classical concertos. He has performed his restoration of the Mozart Concerto throughout the world both on modern and period instruments. Mr. Neidich has been influential in restoring original versions of works and bringing them before the public. A list of the clarinet classics he has restored to their original form includes works as diverse as the previously mentioned Mozart Concerto, Concerti of Weber and Copland, the Soireest cke of Robert Schumann and the Andante and Allegro of Ernest Chausson. Mr. Neidich is also an adrent exponent of new music and has premieres works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Edison Denisov, Helmut Lachenmann, William Schuman, Ralph Shapey, Joan Tower, Katia Tchemberdji, Vasilii Lobanov and others.
He has championes John Corigliano's Concerto, performing it throughout the United States notably with the Syracuse and jacksonville Symphonies in performances many have called definitive. His redordings are available on the Sony classical, Sony vivarte, Deutsche Grammophon, Musicmasters, Hyperion, and Bridge labels. For Aaron Copland's centennial, he released the world premiere recording of his reconstruction of the original version of Copland's Clarinet Concerto with I Musici di Montreal for the Chandos label.
Mr. Neidich has turned his attention in a serious way to conducting, and has appeared with the Avanti chamber orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki, the Kirishima Festival in Japan, with the New World and the San Diego Symphonies (in a triple role of conductor, soloist, and composer), and in Bulgaria with the Plovdov State Philharmonic. Very active in education, Charles Neidich is on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Queens College of the City University of New York, the Manhattan School, and the Mannes College of Music, and has held visiting positions at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, the Yale School of Music, and Michigan State Univesity. He is in demand for master clases around the world and for innovative lecture concerts he has devised such as "Old is New: how playing old music on period instruments is like playing new music on modern instruments", and "Craft and Drama: how understanding how Brahms composed makes for a more compelling performance". With hie wife, Ayako Oshima, he has published a book on the basics of clarinet technique for the Japanese pulisher, TOA Ongaku Inc. Charles Neidich was the recipient of the William Schuman Award given by the Juilliard School for outstanding performance and scholarship.
An active soloist and chamber music player, Ayako Oshima, is a graduate of Toho University in Japan and Eastman School of Music. She is a winner of 55th Japan Music Competition and 2nd Japan Instruments and Percussion Competition (2nd prize) and Beograd International Competition (Third prize), including Golden harp Award given by audience and critics.
Ms. Oshima has performed in recital throughout Japan since 1989 at Casals hall, and featuring as a soloist playing the concerto with Yomiuri Nihon Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonis Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, and Kansai Symphony Orchetra. With her husband, Charles Neidich, they founded the noted period instrument wind ensemble, "Mozzafiato", and the recordings are available by Sony classical. Residing in New York, she has been active as both modern clarinet and period instrument player throughout Japan, America and Europe. Her performances can be heard on recordings from Toshiba EMI (solo), Victor Entertainment, and Sony classical. Collaborating with her sister, Naoko Oshima, the third CD "American Snapshots" by Octavia Record is included works by all American composers. The noted reviews are including by "Record GEijutsu" "Ongaku no tomo" and Asahi News Paper, which showed their CD as best 10 of the month.
Since 2003, Ms. Oshima has hosted a series entitled "Spiritual Concert" with her sister, Naoko Oshima. Since 2005, they have directed this seminar.
Ms. Oshima is currently Assistant Professor of clareint at Purchase College, SUNY, and on the faculty at Juilliard School.
Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Andrew Simon’s international career was launched by his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut. The first American-born artist ever to perform in North Korea (1992), career highlights include over 60 solo performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, appearances in 23 Japanese cities, continental premieres of the original version of Copland’s concerto in Australia and Asia, and his Singapore Symphony and New Zealand orchestral debuts performing Mozart’s concerto in its original version on basset clarinet. Recording projects include his recital CDs “HOT” (Musicians Showcase) and “Ebony and Ivory” (NAXOS Records). As guest lecturer, the Juilliard graduate frequents institutions such as Yale University, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Royal College of Music (London), and the Central Conservatory (Beijing). The 2017-2018 season includes performing Copland's Clarinet Concerto under New York Philharmonic Music Director, Jaap Van Zweden.
photo: Tim O'Rourke
Naoko Oshima (Japan) Naoko Oshima is one of the most active chamber musician in Japan. At age of 14, she studied with Yvonne Loriod at the Ecole Normal in Paris. She has toured France several times with the French Violinist-Conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow, and has performed with his trio, the Ludwig trio, in concert in Japan , and on NHK broadcasts. Since 1985, Naoko Oshima has performed regularly with her sister, clarinetist, Ayako Oshima . They have performed together in the United States, at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, in Belgrade former Yugoslavia as well as throughout Japan, and have had frequent appearances on Japanese radio and television. Since 1992, Naoko oshima has been the official accompanist at Summer Music Seminar in Switzerland. She recorded EMI, Octavia Record With Ayako.
After graduation from Tokyo National Art University, he studied master course at the Juilliard School. He has performed with Mari Fujiwara, one of the Japanese representative cellists. He is one of the faculties of Miyagi University of Education and Senzoku Music School.
Japanese pianist Mariko Furukawa was born in 1982, began her studies of the piano at the age of five and graduated high school from the Toho Conservatory. While studying in Japan, Mariko won the First prize twice at Piano Teachers National Association Competition(PTNA) in Japan both at the age of twelve and sixteen, resulting in an invitation to perform in Salt Lake City. In 1998 she was First Prize winner in the All Japan Student’s Piano Competition. Since Mariko has moved to the states in 2001, she won numerous awards include the Grand Prize at the annual Mannes Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of with the Mannes Orchestra conducted in Lincoln Center, Grand Prix for excellence in piano performance at the summer festival at American Conservatory in Fontainebleau(France) in 2003, Third Prize at The Chopin competition in Asia which sent her as a delegate to the International Chopin Competition 2005 in Poland, and her recent achievement is the First Prize at Dorothey MacKenzie Prize(NY), and Third Prize at Porto International Piano Competition (Portugal) in fall of 2006. She was also a finalist at the Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York in 2003. In 2004 her performance of Chopin was broadcast on the Radio as part of the “Young Artist Showcase” at WQXR. Mariko is an active chamber musician as well and she won the Mannes Chamber Music Competition in 2004, resulting in a performance with the Orion String Quartet. She has performed at numerous major halls throughout New York and Japan which include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Steinway Salon, Yamaha Salon, Union Club, Goethe Institute, German consulate, French Consulate. She also appeared in master classes given by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vladimir Krainev, Richard Goode, Cyprien Katsaris, Idil Bilet, Philippe Entremont, Dmitri Bashkirov, Ewa Poblocka since she came to New York. Mariko studied in The Juilliard School and The Mannes College of Music where her major teacher was Jerome Rose and Jacob Lateiner. Her major teachers include Yoriko Takahashi, Koji Shimoda.