Audition Panel Discussion
|What an audition commission listens for; "The three Ts": in time; in tune; and with a good tone||00h:03m:27s|
|What makes auditioning challenging||00h:04m:30s|
|Being musically evocative||00h:05m:07s|
|Style suggestion for string players playing an audition||00h:07m:21s|
|Successful auditionees are smart auditionees||00h:09m:49s|
|Playing effectively within the context of the audition||00h:12m:35s|
|Differentiating oneself at an audition; understanding musical context; Wanting to hire the best artist||00h:15m:02s|
|Learning and preparing repertoire without the benefit of performance experience||00h:17m:00s|
|Projecting one's knowledge of the score and musical content||00h:22m:00s|
|Discussion of the chamber music component of an audition||00h:23m:19s|
NWS coaches on auditioning: Craig Morris (trumpet), Marianne Gedegian (flute), David Allen Moore (bass), William VerMeulen (horn), Daniel Matsukawa (bassoon), Jonathan Vinocour (viola), Mark Kellogg (trombone), Robert Davidovici (violin).
In concerto, recital and chamber music performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia, violinist, Robert Davidovici, is acclaimed on five continents as a virtuoso who combines spectacular technique, wide-ranging repertoire and magnificent artistry with an exciting, compelling stage presence. The Boston Globe has said that, “he is a terrific violinist. His technique is of the ‘wow’ variety, his tone as huge as he cares to make it.” The Montreal La Presse said that “Robert Davidovici is a born violinist in the most complete sense of the word. His Prokofiev Concerto was played with that perfect balance of lyricism and satire that the composer himself talks about, and sonorities that not even a Milstein has.”
In January 2013,Robert Davidovici recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Grzegorz Nowak the Szymanowski 2nd Violin Concerto, the Lutoslawski Partita and the world premiere recording of the Kletzki Violin concerto, for release in the autumn of 2013 . He returns to the Royal Philharmonic in October 2013 to play the Beethoven Concerto in their London concert series.
In February 2007, Robert Davidovici was soloist at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in the American premiere of the Kletzki Violin Concerto (1928) with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein, following which the New York Times commented on the "excellent " performance. Robert Davidovici is the recipient of several distinguished First Prize honors, among them, the Naumburg Competition and the Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition.
Born in Transylvania, Rumania, Robert Davidovici began his studies with a student of David Oistrakh. He went on to study with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, where, upon graduating, he became a teaching assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. He has collaborated in concert with such esteemed artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Cho Liang-Lin and Emanuel Ax, among others. Carnegie Hall has featured Robert Davidovici as part of their “American Music Masters” series and he was the subject of a television special on WGBH Boston.
The New York Times, in describing Robert Davidovici’s performance on the Bach’s Solo Sonata No. 1 said that “…he played cleanly and without affectation. Contrapuntal lines emerged clearly because multiple stops stayed in tune, and a fast, tight vibrato helped keep the music from sounding expressive in a 19th-century manner. This was, in fact, excellent Bach.” In describing his performance of the Bernstein “Serenade”, The New York Times stated that “it would have been hard to imagine a sweeter performance.” And the Sydney Morning Herald commented that “Robert Davidovici lingered lovingly over the poetic passages of the Tschaikovsky Concerto, and ignited the fiery ones with passion.”
In addition to his solo engagements, Robert Davidovici is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at FIU in Miami. He is guest professor at leading music schools around the world, most recently at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Universities of Washington, British Columbia and the Australian National University.
His multifaceted career has included being Concertmaster of such orchestras as the Osaka Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, The Residentie Orchestra (The Hague), Cincinnati Symphony, as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival, Chautauqua and Colorado Music Festival Orchestras.
Fanfare Magazine commented on his first CD that “Davidovici handles the five compositional styles with confidence. His tone is ripe, his intonation dead on, and he plays with aplomb. This is an impressive disc debut”. He has recorded as violin soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra for Cala Records. His CD “Mélodie-The Art of Robert Davidovici” was selected as one of the top 30 CD releases in Japan in 1995. Robert Davidovici may also be heard on New World Records, Centaur, Clavier and Meistermusic. His CD recording of transcriptions of “Chopin-Nocturnes”, was released in May 2004 in Japan by JVC Victor.
William VerMeulen has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990. In addition, he has performed as guest Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He previously played with the orchestras of Chicago, Columbus, Honolulu, and Kansas City. Mr. VerMeulen maintains a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician with recent engagements in New York, Spain, Israel, Poland, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Idaho, Orcas Island, Virginia, Washington, and Texas. Mr. VerMeulen has participated as a performer and on faculty with numerous music festivals and chamber music presenters including: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aspen, Music@Menlo , DaCamera and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Mr. VerMeulen is Professor of Horn at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Mr. VerMeulen received his training from Dale Clevenger at Northwestern University and at the Interlochen Arts Academy and performs on horns, handcrafted and custom made by Keith Berg of Canada and Engelbert Schmid of Germany. He is Founder and President of VerMeulen Music, L.L.C., which offers music and products for horn players worldwide.
David Allen Moore graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 1993 where he studied with Dennis Trembly, Paul Ellison, and John Clayton. Mr. Moore continued his studies in Boston, working privately with Boston Symphony Orchestra principal bass Edwin Barker while performing with Boston Baroque, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Pops Esplanade orchestra. Mr. Moore performed as a substitute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the 1995/96 season, after which he was a member of the Houston Symphony bass section under maestro Christoph Eschenbach, from 1996 to 1999. In January of 2000 Moore became the newest member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s bass section and was promoted to the 4th chair by audition in October of the same year.
From 2003-2009 Mr. Moore was a faculty member at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. Mr. Moore has been a faculty member of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music since 2000. Since 2007 Mr. Moore has been a faculty member at Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada.
Mark Kellogg is Associate Professor of Trombone, Euphonium, and Brass Chamber Music at the
Eastman School of Music, a position he has held since 1991. Mr. Kellogg is also Principal Trombone of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout his career he has embraced a wide variety of performing roles, from jazz soloist to chamber musician to orchestral performer. After receiving his undergraduate training and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School, where he studied with John Marcellus and Cherry Beauregard, Mr. Kellogg performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony. In 1989, he joined the trombone section of the Rochester Philharmonic, with whom he also performs euphonium and bass trumpet. Mr. Kellogg has made appearances at numerous low brass symposia including the International Trombone Festival, the Eastman Trombone Workshop, the Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference and the New York Brass Conference.
Jonathan Vinocour joined the San Francisco Symphony as Principal Violist in 2009, having previously served as principal violist of the Saint Louis Symphony and guest principal violist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. A native of Rochester, NY, Mr. Vinocour graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree in chemistry and was awarded the university’s Sudler Prize in the Arts. He completed his master’s degree in 2003 at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Kim Kashkashian.
As a soloist, Mr. Vinocour has appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony and with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy and Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel. His first solo album, featuring works of Britten and Shostakovich, was recorded with the support of the Holland America Music Society. Mr. Vinocour was also a featured recitalist at the 2012 International Viola Congress, and he performs frequently in recital throughout the Bay Area.
Mr. Vinocour has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro. He has also participated in numerous other festivals, including the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Vinocour has been a guest of the Boston Chamber Music Society and International Sejong Soloists and he has collaborated with artists such as Paula Robison, Yefim Bronfman, Gilbert Kalish, Miriam Fried, Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, and members of the Amadeus, Arditti, Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Jupiter, Mendelssohn, and Orion string quartets. He is a founding member and regular performer with ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), based in New York.
Mr. Vinocour has presented master classes at conservatories around the country and abroad. He is a regular coach at the New World Symphony in Miami and is also on the faculty of the newly formed San Francisco Academy Orchestra’s Artist Diploma program for orchestral training. He plays a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni viola, on loan from the San Francisco Symphony.
Daniel Matsukawa has been principal bassoon of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2000. Born in Argentina to Japanese parents, he moved with his family to New York City at age three and began studying the bassoon at age 13. The following year he won his first competition and was featured as a soloist performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with a professional orchestra in New York. He was a scholarship student of the pre-college division of both the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Harold Goltzer and Alan Futterman. Mr. Matsukawa went on to study at Juilliard for two years before attending the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a pupil of retired Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassoon Bernard Garfield.
Mr. Matsukawa has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a solo concerto debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of 18. He was also featured in a Young Artist’s Showcase on New York’s WQXR classical radio station. Since then he has appeared as soloist with several other orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider, the Curtis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonic, and the Sapporo Symphony in Japan.
Mr. Matsukawa is an active chamber musician and has performed and toured with the Marlboro Festival. The Philadelphia Inquirer praised him for “his lyrical gifts, expressive range, and refined sense of ensemble” in a performance at Marlboro. He was also hailed by the Washington Post in a review of a solo concerto: “As an orchestral player, Matsukawa can be relied on for a burst of rich maroon and dark crimson in the collective sound. His playing is elastic and agile and thankfully accurate. The same goes for his gentle, songlike account of the Weber Bassoon Concerto. His soft tones were full and even, his passage work liquid and delicate, his second movement like an aria and his last movement filled with a calm modesty in its virtuoso romp. He is an invaluable asset to the orchestra.”
Mr. Matsukawa performs and teaches regularly at the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute, and he has been invited by Seiji Ozawa to participate regularly with the Saito Kinen Orchestra.
Prior to his post with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Matsukawa served as principal bassoon with the National Symphony in Washington D.C., the Saint Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony. In 1998 he performed and recorded Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 as acting principal bassoon with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur.
Mr. Matsukawa also conducts regularly in Japan, including at the Pacific Music Festival since 2009. He has studied conducting privately with Otto Werner Mueller, who was the head of the Conducting Department at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Mr. Matsukawa is a regular member of the faculties at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Boyer College of Music at Temple University.
Trumpeter Craig Morris emerged onto the international classical music scene by winning the prestigious position of Principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, assuming that post from the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth in 2001. A desire to more fully focus on his own artistic projects, however, led Morris to leave his position with the CSO and pursue a career as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Morris has been featured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Sacramento Symphony, and the Miami Bach Society to name a few. Additionally, Morris has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, the American Bandmasters Association Convention, and the International Computer Music Conference. In 2009, Craig gave the U.S. Premier of Desolation Wilderness, a trumpet concerto by the renowned British composer Joby Talbot, under the baton of Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Craig’s debut solo CD, Permit Me Voyage – featuring the music of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, and Barber – will be released on Naxos in 2011, following the acclaimed 2007 Naxos release, Reflections, featuring Morris as the soloist on Thom Sleeper’s Concerto for Trumpet. Morris was also the subject of an hour-long radio feature/interview on KALW San Francisco after his performance of the Talbot Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2009. During his orchestral career, Craig performed as Principal Trumpet on the Grammy nominated recording of Furtwangler’s Symphony No. 2 with the CSO and Daniel Barenboim, as well as the following recordings with the San Francisco Symphony: Copland the Populist — Charles Ives the American Journey — American Mavericks: Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts — Aaron Copland: The Essence of America — and Metallica: S&M.
A strong new music advocate, Morris has worked closely with prominent composers such as Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, John Corigliano, Steve Rouse, Osvaldo Golijov, Avner Dorman, Kevin Puts, Mason Bates, Aaron Jay Kernis, Dorothy Chang, and many more.
Prior to his appointment in Chicago, Morris held the position of Associate Principal Trumpet in the San Francisco Symphony and Principal Trumpet in the Sacramento Symphony. He has performed with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argeric, Daniel Barenboim, Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas, Miroslav Rostropovich, Gil Shaham, and Helene Grimaud among others. He has also had the fortune of performing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls: Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the KKL Luzern, Boston Symphony Hall, the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, and more. In addition to the previously mentioned orchestra positions, Craig has held/won the Fourth Trumpet position in both the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras.
Morris is currently the Professor of Trumpet and Chair of the Brass Program at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, where he devotes himself to his teaching and his career as a soloist and chamber musician.
A Texas native, Morris grew up in a musical family. He attended the University of Texas and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers include Ray Crisara (Professor, University of Texas), Glenn Fischthal (former Principal Trumpet, San Francisco Symphony), and Jim Wilt (Associate Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic).
Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at Pops television broadcasts as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List . In the 2000 – 2001 season, Ms. Gedigian was invited by Mariss Jansons to perform as Acting Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her around the world, including recitals in Japan, Australia, England, and Armenia and she has appeared as concerto soloist numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra and with the Armenian Philharmonic performing her own transcription of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. She was featured with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame in a performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ms. Gedigian has been a featured soloist and teacher at numerous National Flute Association conventions across the country, and is a frequent recitalist and teacher for flute clubs in the United States, Australia, Japan, and England.
Ms. Gedigian has been first prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley.
Ms. Gedigian is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Gedigian’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.