Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein joins CCM’s String Quartet-in-Residence for a concert showcasing clarinet quintets on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Tickets available online.
The Ariel Quartet continues its CCMONSTAGE concert series at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 with a concert featuring the regional premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Clarinet Quintet, which was commissioned by the Manchester Music Festival and written for the Ariel Quartet and award-winning clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein. The performance also showcases Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127.
Described by the Washington Post as “[treating] his instrument as his personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility, and range,” Fiterstein won the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. He has performed as a soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Radio Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and many more. He is currently Professor of Clarinet at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
This concert is the third in the Ariel Quartet’s four-part concert series at CCM during the 2019-20 season. CCM alumnus Anton Nel, piano, joins the Ariel Quartet on March 10 for the series finale, entitled “Hungary,” which features works by Haydn, Brahms and Dohnányi.
Described by the American Record Guide as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power,” the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. The ensemble is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012.
About Alexander Fiterstein
Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today’s most exceptional artists. Fiterstein has performed in recital, with distinguished orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. The Washington Post has described his playing as “dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility, and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness” and The New York Times described him as “a clarinetist with a warm tone and powerful technique.”
As soloist he has appeared with the Czech, Israel, Vienna and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, Belgrade Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra, KBS Orchestra of South Korea, Jerusalem Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, Kansas City Symphony and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has performed in recital on the Music at the Supreme Court Series, the Celebrity Series in Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Kennedy Center, the Louvre in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Tel Aviv Museum, and NYC’s 92nd Street Y.
A dedicated performer of chamber music, Fiterstein frequently collaborates with distinguished artists and ensembles and regularly performs with the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Among the highly regarded artists he has performed with are Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Pinchas Zukerman and Steven Isserlis. Fiterstein performed with the Dover, Pacifica, Jerusalem and Shanghai String Quartets as well as with Ensemble Wien-Berlin. He spent five summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and appeared at the Caramoor, Moab, Music@Menlo, Montreal, Toronto, Jerusalem and Storioni Chamber Music Festivals.
Fiterstein is a founder of the Zimro Project, a unique ensemble dedicated to incorporating Jewish art music into chamber music programs. He performed as principal clarinet of the West-East Divan Orchestra at the invitation of Daniel Barenboim and has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, KBS Orchestra with Yoel Levi and with the St. Paul and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras.
Fiterstein has a prolific recording career and has worked with composers John Corigliano and Osvaldo Golijov and had pieces written for him by Samuel Adler, Mason Bates, Paul Schoenfield and Chris Brubeck, among others. Fiterstein was born in Belarus and immigrated to Israel at the age of two with his family. A Juilliard graduate, he won first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He is currently Professor of Clarinet and Chair of Winds at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Fiterstein is a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren Performing Artist.
- MOZART: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
- THEOFANIDIS: Clarinet Quintet
- BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Single ticket prices start at $29.50 each; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.
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The Ariel Quartet’s 2019-20 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker and Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer.
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Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle