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Jon Manasse - Clarinet
Among the most distinguished classical artists of his generation, clarinetist JON MANASSE is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. Jon Manasse´s solo appearances include New York City performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts´ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Hunter College´s Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, Columbia University, Rockefeller University and The Town Hall, fourteen tours of Japan and Southeast Asia - all with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, debuts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Osaka and acclaimed concerto performances with Gerard Schwarz and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, both at Lincoln Center´s Avery Fisher Hall and at the prestigious Tokyu Bunkamura Festival in Tokyo. With orchestra, he has been guest soloist with the Augsburg, Dayton, Evansville, Indianapolis and National Philharmonics, Canada´s Symphony Nova Scotia, the National Chamber Orchestra and the Alabama, Annapolis, Florida West Coast, Green Bay, Jackson, Oakland East Bay, Pensacola, Princeton, Richmond and Stamford Symphonies, under the batons of Leslie B. Dunner, Peter Leonard, Alfred Savia, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Richard Westerfield, Michael Morgan and Leif Bjaland. He also presented the world premieres of James Cohn´s Concerto for Clarinet & String Orchestra at the international ClarinetFest ´97 at Texas Tech University and, in 2005, of Steven R. Gerber´s Clarinet Concerto with the National Philharmonic. Of special distinction was Mr. Manasse´s 2002 London debut in a Barbican Centre performance of Mozart´s Clarinet Concerto with Gerard Schwarz and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Following a summer that included debuts at Sarasota´s La Musica International Chamber Music Festival and Colorado´s Music in the Mountains, Jon Manasse´s current season is highlighted by performances with the Bozeman and Dubuque Symphony Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, Jon Manasse has been featured in New York City programs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall´s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Walter Reade Theatre (on Lincoln Center´s "Great Performers Series"), The Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse and Merkin Concert Hall; at the Caramoor International Music Festival, Colorado Springs Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival and France´s Festival International des Arts, as well as the chamber music festivals of Bridgehampton, Cape and Islands, Crested Butte, Georgetown, St. Bart´s, Seattle and Tucson. He has also collaborated with many of the leading chamber ensembles of the day, including The Amadeus Trio and Germany´s Trio Parnassus and the American, Lark, Manhattan, Orion, Shanghai, Borromeo, Moscow, Rossetti and Ying String Quartets.

Jon Manasse is also principal clarinetist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, and, as, one of the nation´s most highly sought-after wind players, has served as guest principal clarinetist of the New York Pops Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke´s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and New Jersey, Saint Louis and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, under the batons of Gerard Schwarz, Zdenek Macal, Robert Craft, Jerzy Semkow and Hugh Wolff. For several seasons, he was also the principal clarinetist of the New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Manasse has also been a guest clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic in concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev and André Previn, and, during the 2003-04 season, served as the principal clarinetist of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, performing under the batons of Artistic Director James Levine and, among others, Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Jurowski.

Jon Manasse is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with David Weber. While at Juilliard, he was the winner of two concerto competitions and the recipient of the Walter W. Naumburg Scholarship. He was also awarded scholarships from the Aspen Institute, Waterloo Music Festival and Academie Internationale D´Ete. Mr. Manasse was a top prize winner in the Thirty-Sixth International Competition for Clarinet in Munich and the youngest winner of the International Clarinet Society Competition.

Jon Manasse has six critically acclaimed CDS on the XLNT label: the complete clarinet concerti of Weber, with Lukas Foss and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra; the complete works for clarinet and piano of Weber, with pianist Samuel Sanders; recording premieres of 20th Century clarinet works; "Clarinet Music from 3 Centuries," including Mozart´s Clarinet Quintet (with the Shanghai Quartet), as well as music by Spohr, Gershwin and James Cohn; James Cohn´s Clarinet Concerto #2; and, most recently released, the concerti of Mozart, Nielsen and Copland, with Kirk Trevor and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Jon Manasse is an official "Performing Artist" of both the Buffet Crampon Company and Vandoren, the Parisian firms that are the world´s oldest and most distinguished clarinet maker and reed maker, respectively. In 1995, he was appointed to the faculty of the Eastman School of Music.





Performances for Season 29 (current season)


Artists who also play the Clarinet
John Scott
David Shifrin
John Bruce Yeh


Indianapolis Competition Winner (to be announced) Indianapolis Competition Winner (to be announced) - Violin
Gregory Allen Gregory Allen - Piano
Grand Prize winner of the 1980 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv; Second Prize at the 1978 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Atar Arad Atar Arad - Viola
Distinguished soloist in prestigious festivals worldwide and Professor of Viola at the University of Indiana at Bloomington.
Pablo Aslan Pablo Aslan - Doublebass
Pablo’s recordings have been nominated for the 53rd Grammy’s and the 11th Latin Grammy Awards.
Ik-Hwan Bae Ik-Hwan Bae - Violin
Winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and Concertmaster of the Hwaum Chamber Orchestra in Korea
Alessio Bax Alessio Bax - Piano
Winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant
Jeff Bradetich Jeff Bradetich - Doublebass
Double bass professor at the University of North Texas and can be heard on numerous award-winning recording labels.
Carter Brey Carter Brey - Cello
Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Octavio Brunetti Octavio Brunetti - Piano
Best Solo Pianist and Best Duo in the New York’s International Tango Competition.
Jesús Castro-Balbi Jesús Castro-Balbi - Cello
Winner of First Prize at the First “Carlos Prieto” Latin American Cello Competition in Mexico; the Aldo Parisot Prize at Yale; and the Schwartz Foundation - Salon de Virtuosi Award in New York City.
David Chan David Chan - Violin
Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and top prize winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition at the age of 17.
Che-Yen Chen Che-Yen Chen - Viola
First prize winner of the 2003 William Primrose Viola Competition and “Yuri Bashmet prize” winner of the 2003 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition.
Chih-Yi Chen Chih-Yi Chen - Piano
Pianist Chih-Yi Chen’s versatile qualities as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist have distinguished her as a rarity amongst pianists.
Naida Cole Naida Cole - Piano
Pianist Naida Cole has been hailed as "a dazzling star" by Gramophone magazine. She has quickly established a reputation as an individual artist with her own unique voice.
Paul Coletti Paul Coletti - Viola
Winner of the Naumberg International Competition in New York and Professor of Viola at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Luba Daneman Luba Daneman - Violin
Winner of the Chamber Music Competition at the Moscow Conservatory.
Héctor Del Curto Héctor Del Curto - Bandoneon
Received the Golden Note Award from the Italian – American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements as a Bandoneónist.
Susan Dubois Susan Dubois - Viola
Winner of the Tertis International Competition in England and Professor of Viola at the University of North Texas.
James Dunham James Dunham - Viola
Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Rice University. Former Violist with the Cleveland Quartet.
Anthony Elliott Anthony Elliott - Cello
"His emotional communication is often profound, and his glittering, silvery tone captivates the ear."
Anne Epperson Anne Epperson - Piano
Distinguished performer, recording artist, teacher and clinician. Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s School of Music.
Norman Fischer Norman Fischer - Cello
Distinguished chamber music artist and professor of cello at Rice University
Leon Fleisher Leon Fleisher - Piano
Renowned as a pianist, conductor and teacher, now in his sixth decade before the public with the dynamic CD Two Hands.
Katherine Jacobson Fleisher Katherine Jacobson Fleisher - Piano
Katherine Jacobson Fleisher’s performing career as soloist, duo-pianist and chamber musician, has received international critical acclaim.
Grace Fong Grace Fong - Piano
Praised as a "true musical colourist with enormous style and taste," an artist of "rare eloquence and grace"
Aloysia Friedmann Aloysia Friedmann - Viola
Winner of the Artists International Competition; Founder and Artistic Director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival in the Pacific Northwest.
Daphne Gerling Daphne Gerling - Viola
A multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist and solo performer.
Roland Glassl Roland Glassl - Viola
1st Prize Winner of the 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England and Violist in the Mandelring String Quartet in Germany
Kenneth Goldsmith Kenneth Goldsmith - Violin
Professor of Violin at Rice University and Violinist of the Mirecourt Trio. He has taught on the faculties of colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Yuval Gotlibovitch Yuval Gotlibovitch - Viola
First prizes in 2003 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (U.K) and the 2004 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (U.S.A)
Augustin Hadelich Augustin Hadelich - Violin
Winner 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Gold medal 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
Jaymee Haefner Jaymee Haefner - Harp
Professor of Harp at the University of North Texas. Recent performances in Mexico, Moscow, and Prague.
Lynn Harrell Lynn Harrell - Cello
A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor, and teacher, his work throughout the world places him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists.
Desmond Hoebig Desmond Hoebig - Cello
First prize winner of the Munich International Competition, CBC Talent Competition and Canadian Music Competition, and an award winner in Moscow’s Tchaikowsky Competition.
Gary Hoffman Gary Hoffman - Cello
Internationally renowned as first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition International Competition in Paris (1986)
Deborah Hoffman Deborah Hoffman - Harp
Winner of the 1981 American Harp Society Competition and the 1978 Seventh International Harp Competition in Israel.
Gábor Homoki Gábor Homoki - Violin
Won the first prizes in 2005 and 2007 at the Ferenc Halász Violin Competition and at the Alíz Bárdos Violin Competition in Hungary.
Yi-Jia Susanne Hou Yi-Jia Susanne Hou - Violin
Gold Medalist, 3 International Violin Competitions: Concours Jacques Thibaud,1999; Lipizer,1999; Sarasate,1997.
Nai-Yuan Hu Nai-Yuan Hu - Violin
Gold Medallist of the 1985 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and highly distinguished concert and recording artist. Director of the Taiwan Connection Music Festival.
Helen Huang Helen Huang - Piano
Winner of Avery Fisher Career Grant and Arthur Rubinstein Prize
Sung-Mi Im Sung-Mi Im - Piano
“Her touch, phrasing, and sense of balance were magic” Tuscan Citizen.
Jun Iwasaki Jun Iwasaki - Violin
First prize winner of Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Los Angeles
Ko Iwasaki Ko Iwasaki - Cello
Winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.
Stephanie Jeong Stephanie Jeong - Violin
Associate Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and recipient of the Best Paginini Concerto Prize of the Paganini Violin Competition in Italy.
Clara-Jumi Kang Clara-Jumi Kang - Violin
Winner of the 2010 Gold Medal at the 8th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis where she also won five additional special prizes.
Sarah Kapustin Sarah Kapustin - Violin
Prizewinner in many competitions and distinguished soloist and chamber musician and member of the Atlas Piano Trio.
Barnabás Kelemen Barnabás Kelemen - Violin
Barnabás Kelemen’s performances at the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) “radiated such charisma that one could almost forget that anyone else had come before.”
Alex Kerr Alex Kerr - Violin
Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
David Kim David Kim - Violin
Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
Eric Kim Eric Kim - Cello
Received the first William Schuman Prize awarded for outstanding leadership and achievement in music from Juilliard
Katalin Kokas Katalin Kokas - Viola
Gold Medallist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and the Joseph Szigeti International Competition in Hungary.
Dóra Kokas Dóra Kokas - Cello
Winner of the First Prize at international cello-competitions: Várpalota–Hungary, Gorizia–Italy, Porec–Croatia, Zagreb–Croatia, and at the National Cello Competition in Szolnok.
Scott Lee Scott Lee - Viola
Winner of a Nathan Wedeen Management Award at the 1996 Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Philip Lewis Philip Lewis - Violin
Founder/Artistic Director of CMI; Professor of Violin, University of North Texas; Performs in festivals worldwide.
Jungshin Lim Lewis Jungshin Lim Lewis - Cello
Grand Prize Winner of the Dong-Ah International Competition in Korea and Principal Cellist with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.
Cho-Liang Lin Cho-Liang Lin - Violin
One of the finest virtuoso violinists in the world today.
Meng-Chieh Liu Meng-Chieh Liu - Piano
Performs with major orchestras world-wide; Faculty member, Curtis Institute of Music
Jon Manasse Jon Manasse - Clarinet
Principal clarinetist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and one of the nation´s most highly sought-after wind players.
Stefan Milenkovich Stefan Milenkovich - Violin
Recognized internationally for both exceptional artistry and his life-long commitment to humanitarianism
Michael Morrow Michael Morrow - French Horn
Second horn of the Dallas Opera and performs with the Dallas Wind Symphony.
Alexandre Moutouzkine Alexandre Moutouzkine - Piano
Winner of the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Spain.
Jon Nakamatsu Jon Nakamatsu - Piano
Grand Prize Winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Piano Competition.
Paul Neubauer Paul Neubauer - Viola
First violist chosen to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant
Hai-Ye Ni Hai-Ye Ni - Cello
Principal Cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Gail Niwa Gail Niwa - Piano
Gold Medalist at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition
Felix Olschofka Felix Olschofka - Violin
Winner of two 1st prizes in the prestigious German Youth Music Competition, 2nd prize of the International Chamber Music Competition “Charles Hennen” in the Netherlands.
Eugene Osadchy Eugene Osadchy - Cello
Associate Professor of Cello at the University of North Texas; Performs in music festivals throughout the USA and Canada
George Papich George Papich - Viola
Director of Chamber Music at the University of North Texas and distinguished violist.
Jon Kimura Parker Jon Kimura Parker - Piano
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist and Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston
Timothy Pitts Timothy Pitts - Doublebass
Internationally known double bassist and Professor of Double Bass at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
Anna Polonsky Anna Polonsky - Piano
Member of the Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center
Joshua Roman Joshua Roman - Cello
Dubbed a “Classical Rock Star”, Joshua Roman has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with a commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level.
Gustavo Romero Gustavo Romero - Piano
Gold Medallist of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland; Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas
Nathaniel Rosen Nathaniel Rosen - Cello
Gold Medallist of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and highly distinguished concert and recording artist.
Paul Rosenthal Paul Rosenthal - Violin
Founder and Artistic Director of the Sitka Chamber Music Festival in Alaska, performs concerts and master classes worldwide.
Nikola Ruzevic Nikola Ruzevic - Cello
International performer and Professor of Cello, University of North Texas.
Frederieke Saeijs Frederieke Saeijs - Violin
1st Grand Prize Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, France (2005).
William Scharnberg William Scharnberg - French Horn
Principal horn of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and has been on the faculty at the University of North Texas since 1983.
André-Michel Schub André-Michel Schub - Piano
Grand Prize Winner of the 1981 Van Cliburn Piano Competition and a distinguished recording artist
John Scott John Scott - Clarinet
Internationally-known Clarinetist; Professor of Music at the University of North Texas
James Scott James Scott - Flute
Flutist, distinguished soloist and Dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas.
David Shifrin David Shifrin - Clarinet
One of only two wind players to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. Recipient of Solo Recitalists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Michael Shih Michael Shih - Violin
Violinist Michael Shih, currently Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, has performed throughout the United States, his native Taiwan, and the rest of the world.
Satoshi Takeishi Satoshi Takeishi - Percussion
A drummer, percussionist, and an arranger from Mito, Japan, moved to Colombia to learn more about the South American tango music after graduating from the Berklee School of Music
Michael Tree Michael Tree - Viola
One of the most widely recorded musicians in America and founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet.
Bion Tsang Bion Tsang - Cello
Winner of an Avery Fisher grant and Bonze Medallist in the IX Tchaikovsky Competition.
Keng-Yuen Tseng Keng-Yuen Tseng - Violin
A native of Taiwan, Keng-Yuen Tseng began studying the violin at the age of five and made his performing debut at the age of seven.
Ivo-Jan van der Werff Ivo-Jan van der Werff - Viola
Professor of Viola at Rice University and Violist with the Medici String Quartet for 24 years.
William VerMeulen William VerMeulen - French Horn
Hailed as "an impeccable solo horn" by the Berlin Neue Zeit, William VerMeulen leads his generation of American Horn Soloists.
Joyce Yang Joyce Yang - Piano
Silver medalist at the 2005 Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
John Bruce Yeh John Bruce Yeh - Clarinet
A prizewinner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York
Carmit Zori Carmit Zori - Violin
Gold Medallist of the Naumberg and Leventritt International Competitions.