Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Classical Music Series

Noteworthy Concerts with The Bergmann Piano Duo & clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester

Noteworthy Concerts - The Bergmann Piano Duo perform Clarinetastik with internationally acclaimed Spanish clarinet virtuoso Jose Franch-Ballester.

The Noteworthy Classical Concert Series season finale ends The Bergmann Piano Duo performing a dazzling programme of some of the most beloved works for the clarinet and piano with the multi-award-winning virtuoso clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester. Don't miss this master of technical clarinet wizardry and his effortless musicianship and infectious enthusiasm.

About The Bergmann Piano Duo

The Bergmann Piano Duo’s dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programmes have inspired audiences for more than two decades. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world from the United States to Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. The duo has appeared at international festivals including: The San Francisco International Music Festival, MusicFest Vancouver, the celebrated Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Banff Arts Festival, the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, the International Two Piano Symposium and Schubertiade, Miami, the Tage für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium and at EXPO 2000 in Hannover.

The duo studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany and with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt at the Université de Montréal. They received first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, and were Laureates of the 4th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.

About Jose Franch-Ballester

A native of Moncofa, Spain, Jose Franch-Ballester is one of the most promising clarinetists of his generation. In 2008 he received the highly coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2007 was selected for a Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with Emmanuel Ax and Richard Stoltzman. He has played with artists such as Charles Wadsworth, Arnold Steinhardt, Warren Jones, Ida Kavafian, Frederica von Stade and David Shifrin, the Saint Lawrence and Jupiter String Quartets, and as a soloist with orchestras such as Orquesta de la Radiotelevisión Española, I Musici of Montréal and Orchestra of Saint Luke’s. Mr. Franch-Ballester is in demand at numerous festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest, the Skaneateles Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Usedomer Musikfestival, and Verbier Festival. He graduated from the Conservatoy Superior of Music Joaquín Rodrigo and entered the Curtis Institute of Music. He is a Backun Clarinet Artist and performs on MoBa Cocobolo Clarinets.

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