"... Indeed, the First Sonata (a major masterpiece) seems even more expressive on clarinet -- at least as Neidich plays it. Besides sheer enjoyment, I found myself moved by this performance."Mr. Neidich has performed at numerous summer festivals and appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Sarasota Summer Music Festival, the Orford and Domaine Forget Festivals in Canada, and the International Stichting Masterclass Apeldoorn in the Netherlands and the Kryzowa Music Festival in Poland.
I should not forget to mention that the last interior page of the program was a menu. Ayako Oshima, an outstanding clarinetist, is also a chef of high accomplishments. Both of the Wa Concerts I have mentioned ended with a feast ..., which unleashed a dash of joyous, appreciative conversation about the music we had just heard.
Mr. Hana Kim is the leader of innovative clarinet ensemble Quartet Piri, and the music director and conductor of the New York Wind Orchestra, the only professional wind orchestra in the New York metropolitan area. He has earned high praise for his passionate and expressive musicianship and has established a reputation as a versatile clarinetist and conductor.
Mr. Kim performs extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and his native Korea. He plays with such distinguished organizations as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, Riverside Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, New World Symphony, KBS Symphony, and the International Sejong Soloists, and was invited as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra and International Conductor’s Workshop in Macon, Georgia.
Mr. Kim has also appeared in many prestigious concert halls including Konzert Haus in Berlin, Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Ton Halle in Zurich, Kinepolis Ostend in Belgium, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, New York Korean Cultural Center, LeFrak Concert Hall, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, Zipper Concert Hall, North Shore Center in Chicago, Chicago Korean Cultural Center, Jeju Arts Center, and Sejong Cultural Center.
He made his New York debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International Auditions and since then performed as recitalist in countless venues in and around New York. As an avid chamber musician, he was invited to perform at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, Summer Music at Harkness, Connecticut, Buzzards Bay Musicfest in Massachusetts, Portland Summer Music Festival in Maine, Bargemusic, the Bachanalia Chamber Series, the Transfiguration Ensemble, Trio Alpha and Soundclock
Mr. Kim performed as soloist with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center’s IBK Hall to a packed audience, and was also well received in a recital given as Duo Music Korea artist for the company’s 20th anniversary at Perigee Hall. In January 2015, Mr. Kim was invited by Buffet Crampon of China to give a masterclass and recital in Shanghai.
He is also a visiting concertmaster of Seoul Clarinet Ensemble which is one of the oldest and the finest ensembles in Korea performing regularly at Seoul Arts Center for the last 25 years.
Mr. Kim won many awards including first prize in the Dong-A Daily Newspaper Competition and KBS Young Artist Competition and received the Hugo Kortschak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music from Manhattan School of Music where he earned a master’s degree. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and a doctoral degree from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Mr. Kim’s teaching experiences include clarinet faculty and conductor at Music Seminar in Kitakaruizawa, Japan, clarinet faculty and chamber music coach at Manhattan in the Mountains, faculty at Mozart Concert Academy in Saarburg, Germany, the Korean Clarinet Festival, and visiting professor at Montclair State University, Queens College at CUNY, Purchase College at SUNY, and the Juilliard pre-college division.
Born in Xi’an, China, Xiangyu Zhou began studying clarinet at age 10 with Yu Wang and Zheng Chi at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music. After winning first prize in the TOYAMA Asian Young Artist Competition in 2002, Zhou obtained his bachelor and master degrees from Juilliard, where he studied with Charles Neidich. He is also an alum of Interlochen Arts Academy.
Zhou co-founded PUFF! Woodwind Quintet, winner of the 2009 Arriaga Chamber Music Competition. PUFF! was a featured group at Juilliard’s annual Focus! Festival and made its Kennedy Center debut in May 2010. After relocating to Shanghai in 2011, Zhou co-founded the 1380 Woodwind Quintet, performing in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series and Shanghai Music Hall Music Afternoon Series. Zhou collaborated with the Shanghai Quartet at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center in 2013.
Zhou served as associate principal clarinet in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2015. Zhou toured Asia and Europe with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Zhou also served as guest assistant principal clarinet with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2016, and E-flat clarinet with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra in its 2016–2017 season.
Zhou was a guest faculty member at the Shanghai Conservatory Middle School and has also given master classes at the Manhattan School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. Zhou is currently the resident faculty of the Tianjin Juilliard School.
John Bruce Yeh, Clarinet
ClicLorenzo Antonio Iosco holds the Bass Clarinet position at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, he was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for eight years and of the Madrid Opera House (Teatro Real) in Spain for three years. Born in Potenza, Italy, in 1985, he studied at the Luigi Cherubini conservatory in Florence. As soloist Lorenzo has performed the most important repertoire for clarinet (Mozart, Weber, Rossini) several times in Europe and Asia, and made his London Wigmore Hall debut in collaboration with the London Conchord Ensemble. He studied orchestral conducting in Florence and Rome, and has been regularly invited to conduct ensembles at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music of London, Royal Orchestra Society and Oxford University, Arezzo Youth Orchestra, Castelbuono Classica Symphony Orchestra and the Florence Sinfonietta.
Lorenzo is Founder and Music/Artistic Director of Ensemble Ubertini, a chamber orchestra based in Tuscany with guest musicians from Hong Kong, Europe and United Kingdom. The ensemble has participated to several classic festivals in Italy (Festival delle Musiche and Castelbuono Classica) and given concerts with the Italian pianist Gilda Buttà (official pianist of Ennio Morricone) playing the first version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F. Future engagements will see Lorenzo conducting and playing in California, Italy, China and Australia.