MSU Music WKAR PRESENTS: The College of Music Faculty Artist Recital Series “APRIL FOOL’S DAY CONCERT” Guy Yehuda, clarinet Assisted By: Tasha Warren-Yehuda, clarinet Derek Polischuk, piano Natalie Allen, clarinet Tanyawat Dilokkunanant, bass clarinet Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 7:30 pm Cook Recital Hall, MSU Music Building Program Carnival in Venice Paul JeanJean (1874-1928) Arlequin Louis Cahuzac (1880-1960) Il Convegno Amilcare Ponchielli (1835-1921) Five Fragments for Double Clarinet Die Kunst Der Klarinette Variations on Colonel Bogey for Clarinet Quartet Immer Kleiner (always smaller) William O. Smith (b. 1926) Ian Holloway (b. 1953) Adolf Schreiner (1847-1921) Artist Bios Guy Yehuda is associate professor of clarinet at the Michigan State University College of Music. Yehuda is recognized as one of the most outstanding and unique talents on the international concert stage today, and the winner of several international competitions including the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Since his North American concerto debut in Canada with conductor Peter Oundjian, Yehuda has toured extensively in Europe, North America, and Israel. As principal clarinetist, he has performed with the Lucerne Contemporary Festival, Chicago Civic, Spoleto Festival, Haifa Symphony, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Israel Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras as guest clarinetist. Yehuda performed on tours of Europe and the U.S. under the batons of top conductors including Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Yuri Temirkanov, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Andrew Davis, Kurt Sanderling, Roberto Abbado, Cliff Colnot, Fabio Mechetti, and Daniel Barenboim. He has collaborated with Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, George Benjamin, Beaux-Arts' Menahem Pressler, and the Borromeo and Cypress String Quartets, to name a few. An avid contemporary musician, he premiers new works on a regular basis and has had several concerti and chamber works written for him by renowned composers such as Haim Permont, Gary Smart and Jim Stephenson. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many festivals such as Spoleto, Verbier, Lucerne, Parry Sound, Domain Forget, Vianden, and Israel's Kfar Blum. Yehuda is a sought-after recitalist throughout North America and Europe. He has performed as soloist in Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Casa di Musica in Portugal, and Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, to name a few. He is an active chamber musician and tours extensively with the award-winning clarinet-violapiano chamber music group Trio di Colore. He has appeared numerous times as a guest artist on CBC, Radio-Canada, NPR, WFMT Chicago, KUHF Houston, and classical radio stations in Switzerland, Portugal, and Israel, as well as television appearances in Israel and the U.S. He has recorded for Hal Leonard, has done a number of live recordings for CBC, and issued several CDs with Albany Records and XXI-21 record labels. He is an active clinician and has given master classes throughout the Americas, Europe, and Israel. He is a Selmer-Paris and Rico-Reeds international performing artist and serves as an artist instrumental adviser for both companies. With Selmer-Paris, he has developed the new Privilege II clarinet. For the past two years he has been working with Rico-Reeds on the development of the new Classic Reserve reeds. He is frequently invited to judge on national and international competitions, and appears as a frequent soloist at the ICA ClarinetFest conferences in the U.S and abroad. Over the summers he served as faculty resident at the Orford festival in Quebec. He has held visiting faculty positions at IU, UVA, and has been the clarinet professor at the University of North Florida. Currently, he is the clarinet faculty artist in residence at the European summer festivals in Vianden and Saarburg. He is also a published composer and winner of the prestigious America-Israel composition award. Yehuda received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Indiana University Jacob School of Music, and received his artist diploma and bachelor’s degree from the Glenn Gould Professional Music School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Tasha Warren-Yehuda, assistant professor of clarinet at the MSU College of Music, is an avid teacher and international performer. She has premiered numerous solo clarinet and chamber works, working closely with composers and conductors including Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Cliff Colnot, and Oliver Knussen. She has recorded with Innova, Alba, and SCI Records, the I.U. New Music Ensemble, Hal Leonard Productions, CBC Radio, and PBC Korea television. Crystal Records released her CD, The Naked Clarinet in December 2009, which hailed praise in reviews from International Record Review, Fanfare Magazine, The Clarinet Magazine, and others. Warren-Yehuda has taught on the music performance faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Virginia. She played principal clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2011, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic from 2004-2009. She has implemented chamber music programs with MAYO Youth Orchestra, University of Virginia, and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. She holds MM and DM performance degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, from the studios of James Campbell and Eli Eban. Derek Kealii Polischuk is associate professor of piano and director of piano pedagogy at the Michigan State University College of Music. He has received critical acclaim for his performances throughout the United States. He was a prizewinner in the Carmel International Piano Competition and the California International Young Artists Competition. Born in San Diego, Polischuk studied with Krzysztof Brzuza before attending the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with distinction under the tutelage of renowned piano pedagogue and concert artist Daniel Pollack. On graduating from the Thornton School in 2006, Polischuk was named Most Outstanding Graduate. An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians at every age and ability, Polischuk has presented at meetings of piano teachers in the United States and Canada, including the Music Teachers National Association, the National Group Piano and Pedagogy Conference, and the Multidisciplinary Research in Music Pedagogy Conference. He has served as a judge of piano competitions across the United States and teaches a studio of prizewinning pianists at the undergraduate, graduate, and pre-college levels. He has published in Clavier Magazine and in the MTNA e-journal on the topics of improvisation, outreach, and piano instruction for students with autism spectrum disorders. At MSU, Polischuk has developed a stimulating piano pedagogy curriculum in which piano pedagogy students have the opportunity to hone their private and group piano teaching skills while working with underserved young pianists from Lansing and Detroit. At Michigan State University, Polischuk has been the recipient of the Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award, and the Teacher-Scholar Award, given in recognition of exceptional skill in teaching. His piano solo and chamber music recordings appear on the Centaur and Blue Griffin labels.
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