HOTWorks for Clarinet and Piano
Vincenzo Bellini, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Horovitz, Darius Milhaud, Nichifor, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, Carl Maria Von Weber
ANDREW SIMON, clarinet
Jon Klibonoff, Piano
PROGRAM NOTESAmerican clarinetist Andrew Simon has won acclaim on four continents for his brilliant musicianship and in the words of one music journalist, his "almost god-like technique". Michael Tilson Thomas noted his "formidable technique, flair, and musicianship". A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Simon has won the International Clarinet Society Competition and the National Arts Club Competition in New York. He has been Guest Principal with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Mainly Mozart Orchestra.
After winning the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions Clarinet Award in 1988, Andrew Simon made his debut in the Carnegie Hall Recital Hall. In its review of the event, The New York Times hailed his "brilliant" playing and, comparing him to Benny Goodman, cited his fleetness and an ear for coloristic detail"
Since his debut, Mr. Simon has embarked on a busy international career. He has appeared as soloist and taught master classes in the US in addition to China, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. He toured 16 Japanese cities under the sponsorship of Buffet-Crampon, and in 1992 became the first American-born artist to perform in North Korea. He is National Chairperson of the International Clarinet Association, and a regular contributor to five international music journals. He has been invited as guest artist to clarinet conventions on four continents. Mr. Simon has been heard on WQXR in New York and on BBC3 with Peter Donohoe. He has been seen on American, Yugoslavian, Chinese, North Korean and South Korean television. Andrew Simon is currently Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Pianist Jon Klibonoff has established a versatile career as orchestra soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the united States and abroad. His many awards and prizes include the Silver Medal in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and winner of the Pro Musicis International Concert Series.
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
"Carnyx" for solo clarinet
Symphony No. 2 in E minor - Adagio (arr. Simon)
Grand Duo Concertant, Op.48
Three Pieces for Clarinet
Bassi (on Bellini)
Fantasy on Themes from "I Puritani"