He graduated with honors from the Teplice Conservatory and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. At the same time he stud- ied at the International Academy of Contemporary Music at the Paris Conservatory in the class of Alan Damiens. Later he graduated as a soloist at the Basel Music Academy.
He performed as a soloist with the Basel Orchestra, the North Bohemian Philharmonic, the Solistes Européens de Luxembourgh and a few other ensembles including the Czech Philharmonic. He performed on the stages in the USA, Japan and almost throughout all Europe. He is the first violin of the Prague Quartet Clarinet.
He was born in Vranje, Serbia in 1976. In 1997 the University of Novi Sad awarded him "The Exceptional Reward" for his artistic and concert activity. In 1998. He won the first prize on the International competition Jeuness Musicale "Laureats of Orpheus" in Belgrade. He graduate and did a magistrature diploma at the Academy of arts, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Both as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles, he performed on the prestigious festivals such as NOMUS ,BEMUS , International Tribune of Composers, Les Classiques de Villars, Verbier Festival & Academy, Y4Y Music festival- Bangkok, Granada music festival, Brenzerfestspiele, Ljubljana festival, Schloss Elmau, etc.
He was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra from 2000 to 2006. From 2006 until present he is first solo clarinet of Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. He holds the position of Associate professor at the Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia. Aleksandar Tasic is a international artist of famous clarinet manufacturer Selmer-Paris and he is playing on Recital model clarinets. Since 2012 he is also the RZ – Artist and plays on RZ Clarinet.
He was born in Italy in 1987. He currently lives in Avola (SR). He started his musical studies at the age of ten. In 2007 he was granted a diploma in Clarinet Performance from Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Vicenzo Bellini in Catania with the maximum number of votes under the supervision of master Carmelo Dell’Acqua. In 2010, he earned another academic title of II livello in discipline musicali ad indirizzo interpretativo-compositivo with the maximum number of votes, also under the expert tutelage of master Carmelo Dell’Acqua and Riccardo Insolia.
He won several national and international competitions: 2nd prize at V Concorso Nazionale di Musica da Camera Città di Grosseto, 1st prize in the A category at IX Concorso Nazionale Riviera della Versilia, 1st prize in the B category at IX Concorso Nazionale Riviera della Versilia, 1st prize at I Concorso Internazionale di Clarinetto e Sassofono Città di Reggiolo. These awards paved the way for him to engage in a concert tour in The Netherlands. He was finalist in VIII Concorso Internazionale di clarinetto Saverio Mercadante, 1st prize at the X Concorso Internazionale di clarinetto Nuova Banda di Carlino in the Clarinetto Solista e Banda category, and 2nd prize at I Concorso R. Caravaglios for clarinet Solist and Wind Band (Rome) where he had the opportunity to perform in the final stage along with Fanfara dei Carabinieri di Roma, 1st prize at I International Music Competition “città di Cosenza”, 1st prize at VIII Concorso Internazionale di musica “Trofeo città di Greci”, 1st prize at XX Concorso Internazionale vocale e strumentale “ANEMOS” (Rome), 1st prize at IV Concorso Internazionale “Premio Crescendo” (Florence). He was the only Italian musician in the Canton Ticino region who was granted the prestigious scholarship from the Swiss Federation.
He also participated in several Master Classes and training seminars with prominent international artists, such as M. Rericha, K. Leister, P. Beltramini, P. De Gaspari, J. De Beer, K. Krikku, P.Cuper, P. Glass, T. L. Toscano, S. Sciarrino, T. D’Agostino, S. Bellotti and C. Cattaneo.
As part of his indefatigable concert activity, he is a stable member of the clarinet ensemble Calamus di Catania established throughout the Italian territory and, and the same time, he is a permanent soloist in numerous Italian theatres collaborating in performances along with Orchestra del Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. In 2012 he became competent musician for the position of supporting clarinetist at Orchestra Stabile di Lanzo D’Intelvi (Academy of Art Foundation). In 2013, he will participate in contemporary music productions with the wind ensemble Sinestesia Gioventù Musicale from Milan under the direction of master F. Bossaglia.
He is currently taking the Master of Arts in Music Performance and Pedagogy at Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, under the guidance of master Milan Rericha, internationally prestigious concert musician.
He was born in Czech Republic in 1984. His academic degrees - Bachelor of Arts (BcA.) - 2008, Master of Arts (MgA.) - 2010, Master of Arts in specialized performanze (MgA.) - 2012. Main field of study: Clarinet.
His musical educations: 2001-2004: Prague conservatory (prof. Milan Polák), title Absolutorium (compare to pre-prof.) received in June 2005; 2005-2008: Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (prof. Jiří Hlaváč, prof. Vlastimil Mareš), title Bachelor of Arts, received in June 2008; 2008 – 2010: Master art at Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (prof. Milan Řeřicha); 2010 – 2012: Master of Arts in Specialized Performance at Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (prof. Milan Řeřicha).
He won several national and international competitions: 2014 1st prize at 2nd international clarinet competition Czech Clarinet Arts in Horice, 2013 2nd prize at XIII music competition for young musicians in ,,city of Chieri,, , 2013 2nd prize at the 1st International clarinet competition Czech Clarinet Arts in Horice, 2013 Winner at audition in the National theatre of Prague, 2012 Finalist at audition in Luzern symphony orchestra.
He colaborated with: National theatre of Prague – 2012 – (Permanent), Verbier festival orchestra – 2012-2014, Prague Phiharmony (Jiří Bělohlávek, Jakub Hrůša) – contract for the season 2011-2012, Czech Chamber Philharmonic (director – Vojtěch Spurný), CNSO – czech national symphony orchestra (director – Marcello Rota, Andrea Bocelli – tenor), Czech chamber orchestra (director – Ondřej Kukal, Jana Vlachová – violin), Orchestra at festival in Santander (director – Vladimir Ashkenazy), Young Sound Forum of Central Europe (Christoph Altstaedt – conductor), Ochestra Città di Brescia, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana.
She was born in Czech Republic in 1988. She graduated from the Teplice Conservatory in 2010.
During her studies she participated actively on many masterclasses - Žirovnice ( J. Mach, M. Polák, V. Spilka, S. Brill, J. Hlaváč, J. Bokun) , Ostrava (K. Dohnal, J. Montilla, I. Františák, S. Hue), Telč (M. Raison) a Teplice (M. Řeřicha). Masterclasses in 2011: l´Accademia Cingue Valli di Porlezza, Gambettole (IT), Teplice ( Karl Leister, Milan Řeřicha). In 2012: Payerbach.
She won the 3rd place at B. Martinů contest in Payerbach.
2012 – present Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music – Instrumental music department (clarinet)
2008 – 2012 Rēzekne Music Secondary School of Jānis Ivanovs – instrumental music department (clarinet)
2003 – 2007 Rēzekne Music School of Jānis Ivanovs – clarinet player class
1999 – 2008 Rēzekne 1st Secondary school
1999 – 2003 Rēzekne Music School of Jānis Ivanovs – keyboard player class
Employment to Date/Work Experience
2013 – present Riga 6th Secondary school – Clarinet class teacher
2008 – 2012 Rezekne wind symphony orchestra
2014 on December Member of the masterclass with Milan Rericha
2014 on November Member of the masterclass with Patrick Messina
2014 on October Member of the 2nd Riga wind symposium clarinet lessons with Fabio Di Casola
2013 on October Member of the 1st Riga wind symposium, clarinet lessons with Luigi Magistrelli, wind quintet lessons with Omar Zoboli.
2013 on July Member of the masterclass with Francois Benda
2013 on April Member of the masterclass with Reiner Wehle
2013 on January Member of the Royal Irish Academy masterclass
2008 – 2012 Member of “Rezekne symphonic orchestra”
2008 – 2012 Member of “Rezekne wind orchestra”
Languages Latvian: native speaker; English: good skills; Russian: Fluent.
Other Skills Computer literate: Windows applications.
Category B Driving Licence.
Interests Travelling, Extreeme sports, Psychology.
Pius Baumgartner - born December 25th, 1967 in Lugano - began clarinet lessons at the age of 8 under the unforgettable Dumeng Morell. With Morell he learned the basics of music and eventually mastered the instrument. As well as clarinet he started playing the saxophone at the young age of 10.
After his studies at the Zurich Conservatory of Music in 1988, he graduated from the Swiss Jazz School in St.Gallen in 1995. In 1996 he continued to study saxophone and flute with Tim Price in New York.
His international career began with engagements in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Ankara and Prague. He worked with international well known musicians as Carmen Bradford (Voc. 4 Grammy-Awards with Count Basie Big-band), Donna Summer, Eric Marienthal, Brad leali, Amik Guerra, Francis Coletta, Frantisek Uhlir, Reggie Johnson, Roman Dylag, Andrea Tofanelli and others more.
In Switzerland Pius Baumgartner was a member of the Swiss Army Big-band under the legendary Pepe Lienhard and has won some well known cultural promotion awards (Swiss Jazz-Award 2009 / "Ländlerstar" 2007). He works mostly as a freelancer, composer, teacher and recording artist (saxophones /clarinet & flute).
His musical roots are the swiss Folkmusic, but he's also proficient in contemporary jazz, working with the "Bodan Art-Orchestra" or the "Dani Felber Big-band-Explosion" and enjoys playing his own music with the "Baumgartner Jazz-Q."
Gabriele Oglina earned a Diploma in Clarinet and Music Teaching at the G.Cantelli Conservatory of Music in Novara (Italy) after studying under the supervision of M° Carlo Dell’Acqua. He continued his studies in orchestral conducting (winds) under the guidance of M° Thomas Gaetano Briccetti.
He has been engaged in an intense Chamber Music with a particular focus on winds instruments repertoires. He has performed at many music festivals both national and international.
Founder and member of the GOST (Gori, Oglina and Seminara Trio) with which he has been involved in an important concert activity in Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Croatia, Slovakia and has recently recorded a CD with its own music.
He currently plays with the accordionist Paolo Vignani. He is the founder and President of the Accademia Orchestra (Wind Orchestra). Together with the Accademia Orchestra he has been awarded important prizes in music competitions, national and international festivals. In particular, he was awarded the first prize at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (The Netherlands).
He regularly performs with the “C.Coccia” Orchestra in Novara. He has performed under the guidance of V.Ashkenazy, N. Santi, M.Carulli, M. Rota, J. Acs, G. Garbarino.
He is a Music teacher at the Liceo Piero Gobetti di Omegna (Italy).
Was born in Bergamo in 1990. He studied clarinet at the Conservatory of L. Marenzio, Brescia and finished his training with the highest honors.
In 2002 he won the National music competition of Enrico Arisi in Cremona. In 2006 he won first prize in the National music competition of City of Giussano and third prize in the International clarinet competition of Giuseppe Tassis in Bergamo. At the same time he attended master classes with Enrico Maria Baroni, Nicolas Baldeyrou and Wenzel Fuchs.
During his high school studies at the Institute of V. Gambara he has performed as solo player at the Debussy Hall at the Lyon French Regional Conservatory as part of a cultural exchange with the High School of Saint Exupèry.
In 2008 he won audition for the CEI Youth Orchestra. In May 2010 he received the suitability from the Foundation of Arena of Verona and in July 2010 obtained third position in international audition by Teatro Alla Scala in Milan.
He collaborated with Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano and with I pomeriggi musicali Orchestra in Milan which has saw him in ensemble of Italian premiere of "Explosante-fixe" by Pierre Boulez on the anniversary of his eighty-fifth birthday and with the As.Li.Co foundation.
He won in duo with the pianist Paolo Gorini many national and international chamber music competitions, first prize at the 17th edition of the Città di Camerino Music Competition, first prize at the 9th edition of the Città di Magliano Sabina Music Competition, second prize at the Città di Camaiore International Chamber Music Competition, first prize at 4th International Music Competition of Antonio Bertolini in Milan and second prize at the International Music Competition of Bellagio festival.
He attended the International Course of Advanced Chamber Music held by pianist Pier Narciso Masi at the Music Academy of Florence. He collaborated with Teatro Alla Scala in Milan and with many other Italian orchestras. He graduated with high honors at Lugano University of Music in Switzerland with prof. Milan Rericha.
Recently he has won second prize at London International Music Competition and first prize at Salzburg International Music Competition Grand prize virtuoso. He will perform at Wiener Saal Mozarteum on 14th of July 2016.
Began studying music at the Conservatoire communal de La Louvière in Belgium where he learned clarinet and piano obtainning the Governement Medal for clarinet and chamber music.
Continuing at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons he kept winning first prizes particularly for clarinet and also the Eb clarinet at the same time reaching the Superior degree for chamber music.
Later he was awarded for Saxo at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. He remains as clarinet player by the most famous Belgian orchestras but also appears as soloist not only in his own country, he is warmly acclaimed in Europe and Japan.
Dominique Sottiaux is still teaching in several music schools and since 2009 is in charge of Conservatoire communal de la Louvière.
He presently retains as conductor of various ochestras, symphonic bands as well as principal leadership of "Orchestre Symphonique 1900" performing less known light or dancing music from the end of 19th, early 20th century.
The Dominique Sottiaux CD includes both, his soloist as well as his work as conductor.
ANGELO LA SPINA
Angelo La Spina, clarinettista giarrese, si è diplomato presso l’Istituto Musicale “V. Bellini” di Catania nel 1984. Nel 1985 ha fatto parte dell’Orchestra Internazionale Giovanile di Lanciano come 1° clarinetto. Nel 1986, 1987 e 1988 ha partecipato ai Corsi di Interpretazione Musicale di clarinetto con il M° V. Mariozzi a Copanello Lido (CZ) e a Castelfranco Veneto. Nel 1990 ha fatto parte dell’Orchestra da camera del Lazio, e nel 1991 ha fatto parte dell’Orchestra Sinfonica “G. Pacini” di Catania. Dal 1991 collabora come Assistente ai corsi di alto perfezionamento di clarinetto che vengono tenuti a Giarre dal M° V. Mariozzi. Ha collaborato con diversi artisti di fama internazionale quali V. Mariozzi, C. Gasdia, P. Ballo, K. Ricciarelli, con diverse Orchestre e Gruppi Cameristici svolgendo un’intensa attività concertistica. Dal 1994, anno in cui è stato fondato il Quintetto “J. Ibert” di cui fa parte, si è esibito in varie Associazioni italiane ed estere. Nel 1996 su invito del Gozo Cultural Council (Ministry for Malta) insieme al Quintetto ha effettuato una tournèe concertistica nella Repubblica di Malta. Si è classificato al primo posto nella sezione nazionale A. Gi. Mus. del 1998. Nel 1998 si è esibito presso il Teatro Massimo di Catania con l’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale d’Arte in occasione della ricostruzione della chiesa di Noto. Nel 1999 ha partecipato al Festival Musicale Internazionale organizzato dall’Associazione Musicale “Enrico-Simbruina” cimentandosi in brani di D’Antò e Clementi in prima esecuzione assoluta. Nel 1999 e 2000 si è esibito presso l’Istituto Musicale “V. Bellini” di Catania in occasione de “I Concerti dell’Istituto”.
Nel 2000 si è esibito presso il “Teatro Metropolitan” di Catania per conto dell’Associazione Musicale Etnea. Sempre nell’anno 2000 con la partecipazione ai Concerti del Giubileo a Roma ha registrato in diretta per la Radio Vaticana. Con il gruppo vanta una incisione in CD con musiche di Balay, Lefebvre e Hindemith e una trentina di Primi premi in Concorsi Musicali Nazionali ed Internazionali. Dal 2005 al 2006 è stato responsabile dei fiati dell’Orchestra dell’Università Kore di Enna. Nel 2004 si è esibito nei comuni di Caprino Bergamasco e a Coloziocorte (BG) in occasione del 3° Festival A. Ghislanzoni. Nel 2006 si è esibito nei comuni di Bari e a Castellana Grotte (BA) in occasione del Dicembre Universitario Musicale. Nel 2007 e nel 2014 ha tenuto un Corso di Perfezionamento di Clarinetto presso l’Accademia di Musica a Giardini Naxos (ME) e presso il Comune di Sant’Alfio inerente alla manifestazione ETNA MUSIC FESTIVAL. Ha partecipato, come componente della commissione in vari concorsi internazionali di musica. Nel 2008 l’Associazione Culturale Teatrale “Carlo Parisi” Macchia di Giarre gli ha conferito il premio “Maschere d’Argento” come riconoscimento per la pluriennale attività artistica in campo musicale. Nel 2009 è stato invitato al Festival delle Città Medievali a Ferentino dove si è esibito proponendo per l’occasione in prima esecuzione assoluta un brano di F. Giammusso commissionato dal Festival. Sempre nel 2009 per conto del Ministero per i Beni delle Attività Culturali progetto “Campi Sonori” si è esibito a Coppito e a Fagnano Alto entrambe in provincia dell’Aquila a favore della popolazione delle aree terremotate. Nel 2012 è stato premiato dal Ministro Francesco Profumo e dal Prof. Luigi Berlinguer a Roma presso il Cortile della Minerva. E’ autore di 20 Pubblicazioni Editoriali sul Clarinetto e di 15 Trascrizioni di brani noti per diverse formazioni cameristiche. Ha realizzato diverse registrazioni per la R.A.I. (radiotelevisione italiana) ed emittenti televisive private.
Attualmente svolge un’intensa attività concertistica e didattica.
RZ - Capriccio
Clarinet YONG KI CHOI
Graduated from the Chong-Shin University Seoul, Korea Received the künstleriesche Ausbildung and Soloist Diplom (Konzert Examen) with Prof. Jörg Widmann at the Staatl. Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany.
He got the Scholarship DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst).
Was Principal solo Clarinettist of Cairo Symphony Orchestra Currently, Principal solo Clarinettist of Chung-Nam Philhamonic Orchestra.
An adjunct professor at the Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary.
And Instructor Chong-Shin University Seoul.
Min-jo Kim, a first clarinettist from Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, was born in Seoul, 1973.
Kim studied the Clarinet with Prof. Im-Soo Lee at first. He holds degrees B.M from Korea National University of Arts, K.A from Staatliche Hochschule für musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart , K.E from Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg . he was a student of Prof. Kwang-Ho Oh, Nobert Kaiser and Thomas Franke.
Kim has served as a faculty of Korea National University of Arts, Yonsei University, Sung-Shin Women’s University and Hyup-Sung University as a music major instructor in clarinet performance. He is currently a faculty of Choong-Ang University and Dong-duk Women’s University, a conductor and music director at Korea Clarinet Ensemble and an artist at Silverstein Works.
Graduate from Seoul National University.
The 33rd Dong-A Music Competiton 1st Prize.
Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Clarinetist.