CLARINET and KLEZMER CLARINET

Age limit: 30 years

Session A: CLARINET (Alessandro Carbonare instructor)
Session B: KLEZMER MUSIC FOR CLASSICAL CLARINETISTS (Alessandro Carbonare and David Krakauer instructors)

Online video-audition (Session A): April 20
Online video-audition (Session B): May 31

Entrance examinations:
July 7 / 9:30 a.m. – Session A
July 31 / 9:30 a.m. – Session B

Attendance of this Course – which is divided into two sessions – may be full or limited to only one session.
To be admitted to each session candidates must pass the required examination and pay the corresponding attendance fee. Payment of the application and examination fee, on the contrary, is required only once even for duplicate attendance. In addition, active students choosing to do both of the sessions, are allowed to have a reduction of 50% in the attendance fee of the second session. If students are admitted into Session A and opt to also take Session B, no additional entrance exam is required.

Session A
For the entrance examination candidates must perform the two following pieces:

  • K. M. von Weber Concerto in F min. no. 1 op. 73 (first movement);
  • Brahms Sonata in F min. op. 120 no. 1 (first movement).

During the Course students will have the opportunity of studying compositions of their own choosing, which must be indicated beforehand on the application form under the letter B.

Session B
Students should prepare one piece of their choice from the standard classical repertoire that demonstrates both technical proficiency and musicality and the klezmer piece “Der Heyser Bulgar”: applicants can ask for the leadsheet to the students secretary (allievi@chigiana.it).

World renowned clarinet soloists Alessandro Carbonare and David Krakauer will team teach this course, working from different perspectives to help students achieve the highest level of musical expression. Topics to be covered in the course will include: phrasing and ornamentation, general tools for unlocking greater musicality, techniques of ensemble playing, career tips, ideas for new repertoire, arrangement strategies and techniques for improvisation. The day will be divided up into two sessions: one focused on classical music and the other on klezmer. However, Carbonare and Krakauer will work with students during both sessions, each offering feedback from their unique points of view.

A pianist will be available as well as a quartet from Siena Jazz National Academy to perform classical and klezmer repertoire with the students.

Krakauer writes:
“I have found that classical musicians are often afraid of delving into any kind of music that takes them away from the safety of the printed page. But in fact, klezmer music is actually the perfect “bridge” for classical players to find ways to free up their playing through new modes of expression. In a sense, klezmer is more like Baroque music than jazz in that the basic concept for a single line instrumentalist is the combination of a melodic line and a system of ornamentation. That point of commonality between classical and klezmer can be helpful for musicians to find their way towards improvisation. I’m really looking forward to working together with Alessandro Carbonare to help students find their fullest expressive potential.”
Carbonare writes:
“It will be really interesting working together with David Krakauer to find some ideas in order to «open» the student’s mind towards a perspective of a «total» music.”