After studying German at Stony Brook for the past two years, I’m very excited to head to Austria this summer for the Orchestra Academy at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. I will also study with the famous Austrian clarinetist Andreas Schablas of the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, who is joining the faculty of the Mozarteum in the coming academic year. Thank you to my great teacher, Alan Kay, to Perry Goldstein, and also to the German department at Stony Brook for helping me to achieve this goal!
Very excited to perform Beethoven's Septet tomorrow at the Long Island Museum with incredible musicians!
See the facebook event here.
I am very excited to perform in the orchestra for The Full Monty next month at the oldest resident summer theater in America, Peninsula Players Theater. I love when I can do these shows with this incredible company and wonderful people! See you soon Midwest!
Today has been the most incredible recital experience. I am especially honored to have premiered the work of Dr. Chiayu Hsu, who is a brilliant composer, but I am even more gratified by the beautiful connections that were formed tonight. Many people including my own teacher took interest in Chiayu's music and I can't imagine a better consequence of a recital. Thank you so much to everyone who could make it. Thank you my teacher Alan R. Kay, to Howie Kenty (without whom there would have been no electronics), and to my wonderful fellow collaborative musicians Erika Dohi, Sean Hawthorne, and Matthew Lau. I am so grateful for tonight.
Here are the program notes from tonight's recital:
The concept for this recital is to pay homage to the wonderful place that has become my home while I pursue a doctorate at Stony Brook University. I am overwhelmed by this vibrant place and the incredible people I have met here. Reflecting on these characteristics, I chose a series of pieces by living composers, each with a unique connection to New York. I am especially thrilled to premiere two works by Chiayu Hsu, who was once my teacher and is now a great mentor and colleague. I am honored to perform her music.
Born in Taiwan, Chiayu was the winner of Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Awards, 2013 IAWM Search for New Music, Copland House Award, the Sorel Organization’s 2nd International Composition Competition, the 7th USA International Harp Composition Competition, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Awards, the Maxfield Parrish Composition Contest, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation Composer Awards, Brown Foundation Fellowship, Camargo Foundation Fellowship among others. Her work has been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Ciompi Quartet, and Prism Quartet. She has received her Ph.D. at Duke University, Master of Music at Yale University School of Music, and Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music.
More information: www.chiayuhsu.com
John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto, one of his most distinguished works, is the result of a commission by the New York Philharmonic. As a child, Corigliano had the unique experience of attending many rehearsals and meeting the musicians of the Philharmonic, as his father was concertmaster. The Concerto is dedicated to Stanley Drucker and Leonard Bernstein, and the profound second movement is in remembrance of his father, who died two years before this piece was composed.
New York Counterpoint is the staple of minimalism for the clarinetist. The soloist pre-records ten clarinet and bass clarinet parts and performs the final 11th part live against the tape. Steve Reich captures the unyielding energy of Manhattan in three continuous movements which relate to each other in tempo by a ratio of 1:2. The bass clarinet is of particular interest in the third movement, as it functions to alter the listener’s perception of time (meter).
Chiayu Hsu’s Summer Night in a Deep Valley is a brilliant new work for the solo clarinet. The combination of Chinese elements and western techniques is a hallmark of Hsu’s music, and this piece is no exception. In this work, the outer sections depict the meditative and calm emotion of the Chinese literati who play the vertical bamboo flute. The middle section portrays insects as they join the literati and make music together. This occasion at Stony Brook University is the world premiere performance.
Urban Sketches brings new context to the idea of expressing the vitality of Manhattan through music, as in New York Counterpoint. The listener encounters a diversity of styles, as Hsu draws influence from Chinese bamboo flute music, salsa, and jazz. The electronics bring a more literal vernacular to this piece, including whistles, sirens, brakes, and more. Hsu completed this colorful work in residence at the Copland House in Cortlandt Manor, New York.
-Overlooking Prague from the tower in the Prague Castle.
-A night in Václavské náměstí or Wenceslas Square after rehearsal.
-The John Lennon Wall.
-The famous Charles Bridge, as seen from a paddle boat!
-The orchestra's first time at the Estates Theater in Prague, where we will perform our Opera Gala tonight and Don Giovanni all weekend.
-An inside look at the Estates Theater. This is the last standing theater where Mozart himself performed. The scenes in Amadeus of Mozart in Prague were shot at the Estates Theatre for authenticity. Mozart conducted the premiere of Don Giovanni here in 1787, as well as the premiere of La Clemenza di Tito and performances of Le Nozze di Figaro. The Prague Summer Nights Orchestra is so grateful to perform in this incredible and historical venue.
Such an incredible experience getting a lesson and performing in a masterclass today with Walter Seyfarth, 30-year clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic, my favorite orchestra. My time in Prague has been any clarinetist's dream! Very grateful.
I am grateful for the opportunity over this past week to serve as the rehearsal soloist with the Prague Summer Nights Orchestra for Walter Seyfarth (Berlin Philharmonic) who will join us tomorrow in Smetana Hall for our part of the Czech National Symphony's Prague Proms Festival. The piece is Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, a work significant to Prague because it was premiered here less than two months before Mozart's death in 1791. I'm so grateful to Maestro Nardolillo for this opportunity to rehearse and play through the Concerto with this incredible orchestra, especially here in Prague.
We had an incredible experience yesterday performing in the incredible Smetana Hall. Our program included orchestral and operatic repertoire of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Duruflé, and Bernstein. It is such a privilege to work with these incredible musicians and our great conductor Maestro Nardolillo. On day three of a whole month in Prague with this orchestra, I would say this festival is off to an incredible start!
I am very excited to attend the "Prague Summer Nights" festival as one of two clarinetists this summer and also for the opportunity to study with Walter Seyfarth of the Berlin Philharmonic. The musicians selected for the festival come from the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Southern California, the Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and schools in Germany and Austria. The students are traveling to Prague from the United States, England, Germany, Korea, Canada, China, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Croatia and the Czech Republic.
Until then, I'll be back mid-July, USA!
Please find more details about the recital on the facebook event page!
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Eric Schultz is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant at Stony Brook University, studying clarinet performance. He performs and maintains a private music studio in the Long Island area, teaching clarinet, saxophone, and flute to all ages.