Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.
Julian started playing the clarinet aged four, going on to study at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer.
In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues, including Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London) and Lincoln Center (New York). As soloist, he has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, from the Sao Paolo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, and Auckland Philharmonia, to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2010 he established the Julian Bliss Septet, creating programmes inspired by King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba that have gone on to be performed to packed houses in festivals, Ronnie Scott’s (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and across the U.S. For the Beethoven anniversary in 2020 he has formed a new ensemble of top wind players, Bliss Wind Soloists, featuring arrangements of Beethoven’s seventh and eighth symphonies.
Album releases receive rave reviews from critics, record of the week spots and media attention. Recent projects include Mozart & Weber Quintets with the Carducci String Quartet; Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock with Christopher Glynn (piano) and Sophie Bevan (soprano); Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint; Mozart and Nielsen’s concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia; a new piece for clarinet & string quartet by David Bruce –Gumboots –inspired by the gumboot dancing of miners in South Africa, and a recital album of Russian and French composers with American pianist, Bradley Moore.
Julian has also arranged pieces for clarinet and piano, notably Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata Op. 19, the third movement of which has been set as a grade 6 piece on the new London College of Music clarinet syllabus.
„He is one of the best representatives of the instrument, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he is on all fronts with the same quite ease, the same comforting serenity. »
(Michael Le Naour, journalist « Le Monde de la Musique »).
Principal Clarinet of the Paris National Opera Orchestra (since 1984), Philippe Cuper was invited by the Berlin Philharmonic, « La Scala de Milano », Bavarian Radio Symphonic, Czech Philharmonic, Moscow Symphonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre de Paris, National de France, Ensembles Contemporains in Paris… under the direction of the maestros Sawallisch, Ozawa, Abbado, Maazel, Mehta, Boulez, Prêtre, Dohnanyi, Barenboim, Gergiev, Salonnen, Conlon, Chung, Jordan…
Born in Lille, Philippe Cuper wins many international rewards like Munich, Prague, Viotti, Slovak prize, medal in Geneva, Orvieto, Mravinsky medal in Saint Petersburg after his studies at the Sorbonne University and at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) where he got a first prize with exceptionnally high honours. His clarinet teachers were Gilbert Voisin (Cahuzac’s student), Guy Dangain, Guy Deplus, Henri Druart and he receive some advices from J. Lancelot, A. Boutard, S. Drucker (New York Philharmonic) and J. Hubeau, P. Pasquier (chamber music).
He was principal clarinet of the Youth World Orchestra and at 20 he was principal clarinet in the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris. He worked with famous composers like Messiaen (Quartet), Françaix (CD recording of the concerto directed by the composer), Sauguet, Mihalovici, Rosenthal, Berio, Denisov, Komives, Hersant, Zygel, Bacri, Connesson, Girard, Maratka… He played the premiere of many concertos composed by Bacri, Stankovitch or Gronych (with Giora Feidman and Eddie Daniels) in Tel Aviv or Paquito D’Rivera clarinets quintets in Boston. Ph. Cuper taught at the CNSM : « Conservatorio Superior de Aragon » (Spain), he is now professor at the Versailles National Conservatory and was invited in many Conservatories and University like Chicago, Cleveland, Mexico, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canberra, Jerusalem, Moscow…
He recorded about 40CD (some are winner of French Grammy), he played with famous string quartets : Talich, Kocian, Takacs, Enesco, Parisi, Benaïm… Wanderer Trio or pianists like P. Badura-Skoda, P.L. Aimard, M.W. Chung, L. Cabasso, F. Chaplin… Violonists : R. Ricci, A. Brussilovsky, O. Charlier, L. Korcia… the Paris Wind Octet that he founded in 1986.
Dr. Vanguel Tangarov is an associate professor of clarinet at Texas State University and an artistic director and founder of the annual international clarinet event Texas State Clarinet Fiesta. Vanguel Tangarov performs as a principal clarinetist for the Austin Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, and Victoria Symphony orchestras.
Tangarov previously served as principal clarinet of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria, Academia Chigiana Symphony Orchestra, Italy, Jeunesses Musicales World Symphony Orchestra, Germany and the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra (OSUANL) in Mexico. He has appeared as a soloist with the Mid-Texas Symphony in USA, the Plovdiv Philharmonic, the Rousse Philharmonic, the Varna Philharmonic and the Sofia Philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria, the Constanta Philharmonic in Romania, the Monterrey Symphony (OSUANL) and Monterrey Chamber Orchestra in Mexico, presenting music by Mozart, Weber, Copland, Francaix, Cimarosa, Giampieri, Bernstein and Pipkov.
Vanguel Tangarov has performed in more than 20 countries on four continents, winning a positive critical acclaim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has performed in important venues worldwide, such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall (Berlin), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Oslo Konserthaus (Norway), Cadogan Hall (London), Symphony Hall Birmingham (UK), Boston Symphony Hall (USA), Bulgaria Hall (Sofia), and Zaragoza Hall (Spain), to name a few.
Tangarov studied clarinet with Dimitar Boyanov at the Dobrin Petkov Music High School for gifted students in his native country. He continued his education at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladiguerov,” in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in clarinet performance under the direction of renowned pedagogue and concert artist, Petko Radev, a former principal clarinet of Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy.
Tangarov received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Richard MacDowell. He has also received instruction from musicians such as Aurelian Octav Popa, Rumania, and Gerald Pahinger, principal clarinetist of Vienna Symphony. Tangarov’s solo appearances include recitals at the 2018 Neo-Path International Festival; the 10th Aniversary Season Bulgarian Concert Evenings at New York, 2015, a solo recital at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC; many performances at the 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, and 2010 International Clarinet Fests in Ostende, Belgium; Orlando, Florida, Lawrence, Kansas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Austin, TX , as well as a performance at the opening ceremony of the 2014 International Plovdiv Chamber Music Competition in Bulgaria. Tangarov’s performance of Bela Bartok’s Contrasts with the violinist Elmira Darvarova, a former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Bojidar Noev, the former head of the piano department of Innsbruck, Austria, was broadcasted for the Bulgarian National Radio.
He can be heard as a principal clarinetist on a Naxos Label recording titled Circus Maximus by John Corigliano with The University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble, Harmonia Mundi Label, Samuel Barber: An American Romantic, Conspirare, Craig Hella Jonson and The Company of Voices, Harmonia Mundi Label, 2017 GRAMMY Nominated, Craig Hella Johnson: “Considering Matthew Shepard”, as well as the soundtrack for the movie Knight of Cups, directed by Terrence Malik, in addition to being on more than 10 other recordings.
Tangarov has been recognized and awarded numerous prizes in both national and international clarinet competitions including: Prague Spring International Competition, 1996, 6th place overall, United Nations International Clarinet Competition, Portugal, 1994, 4th place overall, First International Clarinet Competition, Romania, 1993, 2nd prize, “The Music and the Earth” International Chamber Music Competition, Bulgaria, 1993, 3rd prize, Bulgarian National Clarinet Competition for French Music, Bulgaria, 1997, 1st prize, Brahms Academy Competition for Chamber Music, Bulgaria, 1993, 2nd prize; Bulgarian National Radio-Mozart Chamber Music Competition, 1991, clarinet quintet, 1st prize, and Bulgarian National Clarinet Competition, Bulgaria, 1990, 1st prize.
Vanguel Tangarov is a Buffet Group & Vandoren Performing Artist and exclusively performs with Buffet Crampon’s clarinets and Vandoren’s products.
".. I am very impressed by the sound beauty, the dynamics quality, the tone colour play, the musical expressiveness and fantasy rendering" [Karl Leister - historical first clarinet of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin conducted by Herbert von Karajan]; “in a word, superbly” [Fanfare Magazine USA]; “perfect musicality” [Musica Magazine]; “masterfully interpretation” [The Clarinet USA], “admirable coherence, a whole warm, rich and very charming sound” [Journal of Music].
Musicians who added a significant contribution to his artistic development are Angelo Clemente, Romeo Tudorache and Karl Leister. His artistic collaboration with Karl Leister, Fabio Bidini, Yuri Gandelsman, Paolo Pollastri, Francesco Pomarico, Ovidiu Balan, Riccardo Ceni, Ivano Battiston, Fabio Di Cásola, Victoria Soames Samek, Aurelian Octav Popa, Mark Clinton, Karen Becker, Angelo Inglese, Landon Baumgard, Patrick Messina, Enesco Quartet (Paris) and Giuliano Mazzoccante, with which it forms a stable DUO, is remarkable. Winner of over thirty prizes in important national and international soloist and chamber music competitions. As an artist, he has performed in concerts held in Europe, Far East and USA. As a soloist, he has collaborated with various orchestras among which the Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari (Italy), the Kiev RTV Festival Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra “George Enescu” of Bucarest, the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, the Orchestra Milano Classica, the Orchestra of the Bologna Theater, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela (Caracas), the Mersin Opera and Ballet State Orchestra (Turkey) and the Kazakhstan State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Almaty). He inaugurated with a Recital the prestigious 39th international convention "ClarinetFest ®" in the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska USA and was member of the jury ICA Young Artist Competition and I.C.A. High School Solo Competition. Many composers have dedicated him works of chamber music and soloist (Angelo Inglese, Luigi Giachino, Fabrizio Festa, Giuseppe Garbarino, Giuseppe Ricotta, Sergio Calligaris, Ante Grgin…). Tinelli has recorded for the National Radio of Bucarest (Romania), RAI and SKY Classic (Italy), Deutsche Südwestfunk (Germany), TVR 1 Bucarest (Romania), TV Dubai (U.A.E.), News 24 (Albania), Venezuela TV and some CD with first world recordings released by Urania Records, Dad Records, VDM Records/RAI Trade, Phoenix Classics dedicated to Saverio Mercadante, Sergio Calligaris, Raffaele Gervasio and Johannes Brahms awarded, this one, by discography critics.
Camerata Tokyo (Japan) has released a CD in trio with Karl Leister and Giuliano Mazzoccante (piano) that has been praised by the international critics. Moreover, Farelive (Italy) has released two CD’s with Tinelli, one as conductor of the Italian Red Cross Military Band (C.M.M.) awarded at the “Global Music Awards 2016” with two silver medals and with four stars on the Italian music magazine “Musica” and one as conductor and soloist of the Méditerranée Clarinet Ensemble awarded at the “Global Music Awards 2017” with three silver medals, ranked among the “Global Music Awards TOP 10 Albums – Spring/Summer 2017” and reviewed with five stars on “Musica”. All recordings are available on the major streaming platforms (Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, iTunes e Deezer). He’s currently Clarinet Professor and coordinator of the Clarinet School in the Music Conservatory “N. Piccinni” of Bari (Italy). He also holds numerous master classes in Europe (Oulu University - Finland, Iasi Art University “G. Enescu” – Romania, Tirane Art University – Albania, Musik und Kunst Wien, Austria...…), USA (California State University, Northridge) and Far East (Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music). He is additionally the Artistic Director of various musical organizations like the International Clarinet Competition “Saverio Mercadante”. Antonio Tinelli is an official Buffet-Crampon Artist, D’Addario Woodwind International Artist and BG France endorser. [Official website: www.antoniotinelli.com]
Đuro Pete (Serbia) completed elementary and high school of music in Osijek (Croatia) in the studio of Vjekoslav Burić. He embarked on his undergraduate studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia) in 1980 in the studio of Mihajlo Kelbli, graduating in 1984, and his master’s studies at the same institution under Nikola Srdić. He has taken part in master classes led by M. Arignon, J. Kotar and M. Bekavac, Z. Szatmari, B. Kovacs and W. Fuchs. As a student he won a number of prizes at clarinet competitions including the Second Prize at the Young Performing Artists of Yugoslavia Competition (Zagreb, Croatia, 1983), First Prize at the Vojvodina Province Students Competition (Novi Sad, Serbia 1981), First Prize at the State Competition of the (former) Yugoslavia (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1981), and First Prize at the Youth Festival (Knjaževac, Serbia). He has given numerous solo recitals and has performed as a soloist with the Pecs Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary), the Vojvodina Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Academy of Arts Chamber Orchestra. He served for a time as a clarinetist in the Orchestra of the Croatian National Theater in Osijek. He has made numerous recordings for radio and television stations in former Yugoslavia, and recorded a CD called "Classical music for children".
He began his career as a pedagogue at Music School Josip Slavenski in Novi Sad, and since 1987 has been employed full time at Isidor Bajić Music School. His students have won several dozen first prizes at national and international competitions and festivals, including first prizes and laureate titles at almost all of the clarinet competitions in Serbia. He regularly takes part in master classes, in the mountain Gucevo as a professor. The seminar brings together clarinetists of all ages, mainly from the region. He has served as an adjudicator and the president of the jury at the State Competition of Serbia, the Competition for Woodwind Instruments accros the country. He has organized a number of young clarinet players’ concerts throughout Voyvodina, with the aim of promoting and popularizing clarinet and classical music. He was awarded an Annual Prize by the Union of the Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia in 2010 for his pedagogical achievements. He maintains professional relationships with colleagues throughout Europe and the USA.
Pavlin Panayotov was born in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.
His professional training as a clarinetist began in 1983 in the musical school in Ruse in the class of Ilia Iliev.While still a student, Pavlin Panayotov becomes a laureate in different prestigious international competitions, where he receives various honors.
In 1990 he continues his education in the National Academy of Music as a student in the class of prof. Dimitar Dimitrov and later in 1995 finishes his master degree there. In that period he has the opportunity to gain experience under the guidance of prof. Sava Dimitrov, who broadens his horizons in the sphere. This is followed by two years of specialization in solo interpretation in the class of prof. Petko Radev.
After gaining experience and a competition won behind him he leaves for Tunisia, where he works as an assistant-professor for 6 years.
Altogether with teaching he develops an active concert activity as a soloist and chamber performer, organizes concert cycles as well and promotes the Bulgarian music in Tunisia.
Since the year 2008 lives and works in the Czech Republic as a first clarinetist and a leader of the group in the orchestra of the Silesian Theater in Opava . He is also honored with a few prestigious teacher awards and in the Czech Republic.He is a creator of the school clarinet orchestra- the only one in the country. His students are among the most successful ones there.
Born in Slovenia in 1978, Tadej Kenig studied at the University of Ljubljana, Academy of Music in the class of Slavko Goričar and the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel in the class of François Benda gaining his diplomas in 2001 and 2004 respectively.
His professional orchestral career began in 2001 when he was engaged as of the Neues Orchester Basel. In 2003 he won the Principal Clarinet audition in the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Balet Ljubljana, where he is still holding his position as a principal clarinetist.
He has won a number of awards at various competitions, prominent among them being first prizes in the categories of chamber music and clarinet at the Slovenian National Competition for Young Musicians in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001, as well as the first prize in the category of solo clarinet at the Marco Fiorindo International Competition in the Italian city of Turin in 2002. Mr. Kenig has also received the Prešern Award of Ljubljana University for special achievement in music.
He has given successful performances in Slovenia and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician playing with Adriars Trio and Artvento Wind Quintet. A list of countries where he played includes Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, India, Croatia, and others. He has played with the Slovenian Philharmonic, Basle Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana, Ensemble Cantus under the batons of renowned conductors, such as Marko Letonja, Stefan Sanderling, Othmar Maga, Loris Voltolini, Berislav Šipuš… He was involved in projects of contemporary composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Heinz Holliger, Jürg Henneberger, Jürg Wyttenbach, … His brilliant and skillful performances have inspired a number of Slovenian composers to dedicate their compositions to him.
Diskography: »Dialogue de l’ombre double« (2007, Cantus d.o.o., Zagreb HDS), »Molly Brallaghan, Quintet Artvento and friends« (2008, Whoopee Records, Nemčija), »Vivid Air« (2010, Aucourant Records, ZDA), »Alojz Ajdič: Skladbe za klarinet« (2010, KD ADRIARS, Si), »Pushing Forward« (2013, KD ADRIARS, Si), »Artvento Atelje« (2012, KD ADRIARS, Si)
He is professor of clarinet at the Ljubljana (Slovenia) Academy of music and a guest professor at the Univesity of Novi Sad. He has taught on numerous moasterclasses and workshops at prestigious Universities such as Musikakademie der Stadt Basel, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, UDK Berlin…among others.
‘’….Emil Visenescu understood perfect to transpose these uncertain sonorities from the Francis Poulenc’s music…Determinated but not in the hurry, weeping but never sentimental, he played splendid these melodical refinements of Poulenc and he took care to realise a final moment in a Rondo style for a crowned end ”.
Iserlohner Nachrichten, Germany - 7 october 1996
”Vigorous and dinamic, the clarinet concerto Portal by Franco Donatoni, was in advantage with the grace of the exceptional playing of Emil Visenescu”.
Actualitatea Muzicala, Romania - nr.6, June 2006
Emil Visenescu –is a solo clarinet player of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and teacher at the National Music University Bucharest. After he studied in Romania with Gheorghe Vlad, Ion Cudalbu and Valeriu Barbuceanu, he continued to develop his musical skills abroad with Walter Boeykens, Karl Leister, Joseph Balogh and Stefan Korody-Kreutzer. Between 2000 and 2002 he completed his studies with a solo diploma by the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Bern- Switzerland, under the guidance of Ernesto Molinari.
He was invited as member of the Jury to the Gheorghe Dima International Competition – Cluj (Romania), Marţian Negrea National Competition– Ploieşti (Romania) and Jeunesses Musicales International Competition – Bucharest (Romania)
He was invited to teach into the International Summer Course in – Bistriţa (Romania2008, 2009), Icon Arts International Summer Course – Cisnădie (Romania 2004 – 2016), the Sighișoara Music Academie 2014, the Akademica Kronstat International Summer Course 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019/ Brasov(Romania), the Academy of Music and Dance - Jerusalim (Israel 2007, 2016, 2018), Oldenburg University (Germany-2019), International Improvisation Course – Tallin – (Estonia 2020).
Emil Visenescu won the I-st Prize at several international competitions:
Tschumi Musik Preis - Bern (Swizerland) 2002, Martha Moser Competition - Biel (Swizerland) 2001, Jeunesse Musicales Internaţional Competition – Bucharest (Romania) 1996, Aurelian Octav Popa International Competition – (Constanza – Romania) 1995.
As a member of the Profil Simfonietta contemporary music ensemble, he had concerts in the New Music International Festival Bucharest(2002-2019), and in the Internaţional George Enescu Music Festival(2014, 2016, 2018). He had solo clarinet recitals at the Academy of Music and Dance - Jerusalem 2006, 2016, 2018 and Salon d’Or Hotel Behague in Paris 2012 and during the
Internaţional George Enescu Music Festival – 2015, 2016, 2017
Emil Visenescu was special guest of the romanian quartets Voces, Arioso and Transilvanian during the Festivals as Musical Autumn in Cluj, Voces Festival in Iaşi or the Ionel Perlea Music Days from Slobozia. He took part in concert tours with the Mozaic Trio and the Profil Simfonietta in Bern and Biel (Swizerland), at the Elzenveld Cultural Centre, Anvers (Belgium), at the Internaţional Festival The Warshau Automn, in Basel, Zürich and Berlin. As soloist he played with Symphonietta Dresden, The Bern Symphony Orchestra, Biel Symphony Orchestra and Ludus – private orchestra from Bern, then with the romanian orchestras from Iassy, Timisoara, Arad, Constanţa, Ploieşti, Satu-Mare, Craiova, Bacău, Târgovişte, Giurgiu, Philarmonia Chamber Orchestra Bucharest, George Enescu Philarmonic Orchestra, Radio Chamber Orchestra and National Radio Orchestra Bucharest.
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