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Robert Spring
Professor of Clarinet
Arizona State University

Robert Spring   has been described as "one of this country's most sensitive and talented clarinetists", Arizona Republic,  "dazzled his audience...flawless technique", The Clarinet Magazine, and "a formidable soloist...played with great emotional life" Copenhagen, Denmark, Politiken.  Spring's recording of Grawemeier Award winning composer Joan Tower's works for clarinet was described by The Clarinet Magazine as "truly outstanding....one would be hard pressed to find better performances of contemporary music....first rate music performed with the highest professional standards."  The Instrumentalist Magazine says of his recording, "Dragon's Tongue", a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band, "His musicality and technique make this recording a must for every CD collection."    Fanfare Magazine says of the CD, "Tarantelle", music that the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz recorded on violin,   being performed on clarinet, "This recording was meant to amaze and, man, it succeeds."

The America Record Guide writes about his recent recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, "Spring is fabulous in the Copland. His phrasing is elegant swing tailored with great flow and a  spread of tone colors and expressive subtleties. His low- and mid-range are especially warm, rich, and embracing and highly effective in the introduction and in the bridge to the jazzy finale. And boy what a finale! The pace is neatly judged to pick up at critical junctures so that, by the end, it feels like an improvised jam session."

Spring attended the University of Michigan where he was awarded three degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.  He was  recently awarded the "Citation of Merit Award" from th  School of Music Alumni Society.  His teachers included John Mohler, David Shifrin and Paul Shaller.  Spring has performed as a recitalist or soloist with symphony orchestras and wind bands in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America, and has been heard in the United States on National Public Radio's, Performance Today.  He frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator and teaches on the faculties of several summer music festivals.  He has published numerous articles on multiple articulation and other contemporary clarinet techniques.

Spring was President of the International Clarinet Association from 1998-2000 and has performed for numerous International Clarinet Association conventions.  He hosted the 1995 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest at Arizona State University where he is presently Evelyn Smith Professor of Clarinet. Dr. Spring is also principal clarinet of the ProMusic Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH.  He is a Buffet Artist, and plays the Buffet Greenline Clarinet exclusively.

Eddy Vanoosthuyse
Principal Clarinet
Brussels Philharmonic

No one could be left unmoved after listening to the performance of the Belgian and Flemish clarinettist Eddy Vanoosthuyse.  Internationally praised by the press, this musician has gained worldwide recognition for his musical interpretation and the remarkable technical and musical qualities that are displayed therein.

Eddy Vanoosthuyse is performing throughout Eastern and Western Europe and North and South America as well as in Asia (including festivals in Antwerpen, Gent, Brussel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Stockholm, Budapest, Vilnius, Paris, Lisbon, Milano, Prague, Frankfurt, Martigny, Lausanne, Karlsruhe, Chicago, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Québec, Buenos Aeres, Caracas, Lima, Santiago de Chili and New York amongst others), and he makes numerous recordings on radio and television V.R.T., (B.R.T.N.), R.T.B.F., K.R.O., Danish Radio, N.O.S., A.V.R.O., Radio Suisse Romande, Lietuvos Radio, Czech Radio, Magyar Radio and Radio Chili).  His LPs and CDs have also received a warm welcome from all over the world.

He often performs and works in concert with conductors an musicians of the highest renown such as Eddie Daniels, Antony Pay, Patricia Wise, Alfred Prinze, Hans Dieter Resch, Alfred Reed, Benzon Shamir, Jan Stulen, Dirk Brossé, Saulius Sondeckis, Yoel Levi, Peter Oundijan, Jan Lathem Koenig, the ‘Lithuanian Chamberorchestra’, the ‘Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra’, the ‘Koninklijke Militaire Kapel/Holland’, the ‘Royal Orchestra of the Belgian Guides’,  the ‘Orchestra of the Belgian Marine’, the ‘Orchestra of the Belgian Air force’, the ‘Flemish Radio Orchestra’, the ‘B.R.T.N. Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels’, the ‘I Pommeriggi Musicali/Milano’, the ‘Sjanghai Symphony Orchestra’, the ‘Columbus Symphony’, the ‘National Symphony Orchestra of Peru’, the ‘Aragua Symphony Orchestra’, the ‘Flemish Symphony Orchestra’, the ‘Prima Musica Chamber Orchestra’, the ‘Us Army Symphony Orchestra’, the ‘Sofia Soloists/Bulgaria’, …

He makes several appearances with a wide range of string quartets throughout the world, including the ‘Daniel String Quartet’, the ‘Vilnius String Quartet’, the ‘Ciurlionis Stringquartet’, the ‘Arriaga Stringquartet’, the ‘Chili Quartet’,  the ‘Clemenz Quatacker String Quartet’, ‘The Simon Bolivar Quartet’, the ‘Rubio Stringquartet’…  

He is frequently called upon to instruct master-level classes at the Indiana University Bloomington/U.S.A., the Arizona State University Phoenix/U.S.A., the DePaul University Chicago/U.S.A., the North Arizona University Flagstaff/U.S.A., the Catholic University Santiago/Chilli, the Simon Bolivar Conservatory Caracas/Venezuela, the San Marco University Lima/Peru, the State Music Academy Vilnius/Lithuania, the National Conservatory and National University of Reykjavik/Iceland, the Mexico City University, the University of the Nationalities Beijing/China, the University of Utah/USA, …

In 2005, the Indiana University/Bloomington invites him to teach the clarinet class of Eli Eban during his sabbatical leave.

He also offers a diverse number of courses during the summer at the ‘Belgian international Clarinet Festival, Oostende’, the ‘Summer courses for chamber music Georges Maes’, among other venues.  In 2002, 2005 and 2006 he was invited as a coach for the ‘Spanish National youth orchestra’ (2002: conductor Gunther Shuler/USA).  In 2005 Eddy Vanoosthuyse was invited for the ‘Domaine Forget’ Summer Courses in Québec/Canada.

Many Belgian and foreign composers cooperate with him.  Jean Louel (concerto), Dirk Brossé (concerto and double-concerto), August Verbesselt (sonata and double-concerto), David Loeb (double-concerto), Alfred Prinze (solo piece), Norbert Godaert (concerto), Boudewijn Buckinx (clarinet quintet and sextet), Johan Evenepoel (concerto), Mieke Vanhautte (clarinet quintet), Johan Nys (solo piece), Willy Soenen (concertino), Oscar Navarro (concerto) … dedicate parts of their oeuvre to Eddy Vanoosthuyse.  The compositions originating from these co operations are performed with international orchestras and groups often with the direction and advice of the composer himself.  Mostly all of them are recorded for Radio or CD.

In 1998, he performed in the closing concert for ‘the Belgian Day’ at the World Fair in Lisbon, in 2000 he played with the ‘Sjanghai Symphony Orchestra’ in the prestigious ‘Sjanghai Theatre’ at the occasion of the Belgian Economic Mission to China. Both concerts were attended by HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium.

Vanoosthuyse is invited to  perform at the prestigious Clarinetfestivals organized by the International Clarinet association in Gent (Belgium/1993), Tempe (U.S.A./1995), Paris (France/1996),  Lubbock (U.S.A./1997), Columbus (U.S.A/1998), Oostende (Belgium/1999), Oklahoma (U.S.A./2000), Stockholm (Sweden/2002), Washington (U.S.A./2004), Vancouver (Canada/2007).  

In February 2002, Vanoosthuyse did the Belgian première of the Clarinetconcerto by Corigliano with the Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundijan.  The composer came specially to Belgium to give his instructions to the conductor and the soloist.  Afterwards he praised Eddy Vanoosthuyse as a fantastic virtuoso and a great artist.

In 2004, Eddy Vanoosthuyse made , under the button of Yoel Levi, the first recording of the second clarinet concertino of the Flemish 19th  century composer Charles Louis Hanssens.  In December 2004 he premiered the ‘Concertino for Eddy’ (Willy Soenen) at the Midwest Convention in Chicago.

In june 2006, Eddy Vanoosthuyse recorded a CD dedicated to the music of Charles Louis Hanssens (2 concertino’s, 1 double concerto with oboe/Joris Vanden Hauwe, 1 double concerto with violin/Michael Bershvekhny (first prize-winner International Contest Queen Elisabeth/Belgium 1976) with the Flemish Radio Orchestra, conducted by Dirk Vermeulen.

In February 2007, Eddy Vanoosthuyse creates with the ‘Royal Band of the Belgian Guides’ a new concerto that has been dedicated to him by the young Spanish composer Oscar Navarro.

The Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost composes a new concerto, dedicated to Eddy Vanoosthuyse (premiere in the US/Arizona in 2008).

Eddy Vanoosthuyse has with Vitally Samoshko (first prizewinner piano International Contest Queen Elisabeth/Belgium 1999) and Michael Kugel (viola) a trio that brings the music of Mozart, Bruch an Schuman. 

The repertoire of Eddy Vanoosthuyse goes from Mozart’s concerto and quintet till the music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

For 2007 and 2008, concerts, recitals and masterclasses are planned in Belgium, Holland, Bulgaria, Japan, Canada, the USA and China.

In 2002, Eddy Vanoosthuyse receives from the city of Lima/Peru a ‘Honor al Mérito’ for the high standing quality of his career.  In 2007, the National Chinese Clarinetassociation gives him an award for his renewing work with clarinetchoirs.

In addition to his impressive career as a soloist, Eddy Vanoosthuyse is also the principal clarinet in the Flemish Radio Orchestra (originally the B.R.T.N. Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels)/chief-conductor Yoel Levi, which gives him the opportunity to work with conductors, such as Rahbari, Shipway, Young, Strauss, Fischer, Hager, and with composers such as Olivier Messiaen.  

He is the clarinet professor at the ‘Royal Conservatory of Music’ (Hogeschool Gent) in Gent (since 1998) where he has an international class with students out of 17 countries.  Since 1992 he is a guest professor of clarinet at the conservatory of the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (Hogeschool voor Wetenschappen en Kunst).

In 1999, he founded (only with his students and former students) the clarinetchoir ‘The International Clarinets’.  The Belgian National Radio named the group one of the highlights of the International Clarinetfestival in Oostende (1999).

From 1981 till 1998, he was a clarinet soloist at the orchestra of the ‘Opera voor Vlaanderen’.  In 1988 he was promoted by Gerard Mortier (later director of the Salzburg Festspiele, now director of the Paris Opera) to the position of principal clarinet at the symphonic orchestra of the new ‘Flemish Opera’.  

In 1990 he was chosen for the ‘World Philharmonic Orchestra’ and in 1998 he was asked for the ‘Symphonicum Europae’ (‘concert of the Nations’ in the Lincoln Centre, Fisher Hall in New York 1999).  Both orchestras are formed with concertmasters and principals from all over the world.  

In 2004, the Dutch editor ‘Gobelin Music Productions’ asked him to start a new collection with masterpieces for clarinet.  The ‘Eddy Vanoosthuyse Clarinet Collection’ was presented in july 2004 in Washington.  

Eddy Vanoosthuyse plays exclusively the Buffet Crampon ‘TOSCA’ Clarinets and the Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.

Deborah Bish
Associate Professor of Clarinet
Florida State University

Deborah Bish is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University. Before moving to Tallahassee in 2001, she served as the professor of clarinet at Henderson State University. She has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Arizona Opera (most notably in a production of the Ring Cycle), the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Siegel, the Phoenix Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Arkansas Symphony. Currently, she is a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.

She has been featured as a recitalist, clinician, and chamber musician at several festivals and conventions including performances at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall; the Shanghai Conservatory in Shanghai, China; the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFests in Lincoln, Austin, Vancouver, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City; the College Band Director’s National Association Convention in Atlanta; the Florida Music Educator’s Association Convention in Tampa, Florida; the Wallowa Lake Chamber Music Festival in Enterprise, Oregon; and the Festival Internacional de Inverno in Vale Vêneto, Brazil.

Dr. Bish is very active in the commission, research, and performance of new works. Her recent projects include a recording of the works of Gregory Wanamaker, featuring two pieces written for her by Wanamaker titled clarikinetics and Sonata.

Her biography appears in the twenty-fourth edition of the Marquis Who's Who of American Women and several editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has served as an adjudicator in a variety of competitions, including both the Young Artist’s Competition and the High School Competition for the International Clarinet Association.  Dr. Bish holds degrees from Arizona State University, where she studied under Robert Spring, and Florida State University, where she studied under Frank Kowalsky.

Yehuda Gilad

A performer, Professor and conductor, Yehuda Gilad strives for “total musicianship,” and as a result, he has won the acclaim of both critics and audiences alike.  A founding faculty member of the Colburn School Conservatory of Music and Professor of Clarinet at the USC Thornton School of Music, Mr. Gilad has developed one of the most sought-after clarinet studios in the world. His students have achieved top honors in every premier international clarinet competition,to include, ARD ,Nielsen,Lancelott ,Prague , among others . Graduates of his studio hold positions in over 200 major orchestras worldwide, including the Cincinnati and Minnesota Orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Sweden, Hong Kong, China and Seoul Philharmonics, San Francisco Opera, the Concertgebauw, and the Orquesta Nacional de España,Bergen philharmonic,Norway radio Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra, to name a few. He served as president of the jury for the Carl Nielsen 5 th International Clarinet Competition in Odense, Denmark. Mr. Gilad is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and USC’s highest honor for excellence in teaching, and Musical America’s 2015 most influential musician and Educator . Is regularly invited to present master classes and performances at music festivals and nearly every major conservatory around the globe.

An accomplished clarinetist, Mr. Gilad has performed at top music festivals worldwide, including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Crusell Music Festival, the San Francisco Chamber Music Festival, and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. He also founded the Yoav Chamber Ensemble, which performed extensively throughout the U.S. and recorded for the Orion label, and the Colburn Woodwind Chamber Players, which toured Germany and China. Mr. Gilad has collaborated as performer and conductor with many of today’s most prominent artists including Gil Shaham, John Perry, Sara Chang, Joseph Kalichstein, Vladimir
Feltsman, David Jolley, Joshua Bell, Jimmy Linn, and many others. 

Mr. Gilad’s success as a conductor equals that of his renown as a teacher and performer. Since its inception in 2003, Yehuda Gilad has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Colburn Orchestra and has been instrumental in the ensemble’s development from a small string orchestra to a full symphony orchestra. Maestro Gilad’s additional music directorships have included the Malibu Strawberry Creek Music Festival, the 20th Century Unlimited concert series in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Thornton Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra and the Colonial Symphony of New Jersey—The Star-Ledger: “Gilad transformed the Colonial Symphony into one of [New Jersey's] artistic trendsetters.” Under his leadership, the Colonial Symphony became the only orchestra in the area to receive an NEA grant for seven consecutive years, and in 1995 and 1996, the
orchestra received the Distinguished Arts Organization Award from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its artistry and programming merits. Mr. Gilad received acclaim from The New York
Times for his “strong imaginative programming” and championing of American and contemporary music. Also an active guest conductor, his appearances have garnered critical acclaim in many
countries on three continents. In 1987 he became the first Israeli-born conductor to perform in China and has since conducted numerous engagements in Beijing and Shanghai.

Dedicated to fostering increased public appreciation and support of classical music in the United States and abroad, Mr. Gilad has appeared on various broadcasts including NBC, CBS, WQXR, WMTR, KUSC, NJN, Cablevision, and the national television of mainland China. Since 2012, the Colburn Orchestra concerts have been recorded in HD and broadcast on Southern California’s independent television station KCET, in their new arts series Open Call. Mr. Gilad also led the Colburn Orchestra in recordings for Live Classics and Yarlung Records, collaborating with composer Menachem Wiesenberg as well as cellist Ron Leonard and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.

Born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Gilad began his musical education at the age of 16. Following his conservatory studies, he emigrated to the United States in 1975 to further his  education. His former teachers include Giora Feidman, Mitchell Lurie, and Dr. Herbert Zipper. Additionally, he was an active participant in numerous intensive master classes with the late Sergiu Celibidache and Leonard Bernstein.

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