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!
Eric Schultz is the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Coastal Carolina University. A winner of several international competitions, he holds a doctorate in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University.