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International Clarinet Festival—CLARIMANIA 2016

26–28 April 2016


Aula Leopoldina, Karol Szymanowski Music School / Szkoła Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego

In just a few weeks time the 7th edition of the CLARIMANIA Festival—a celebration of woodwind instruments with concerts, recitals, master classes and lectures, as well as exhibitions of musical instruments and presentations—will start.

During the festival we are going to have a unique opportunity to hear Paul Meyer with Meccorre string quartet, Polish-Czech Wind Players and Inter>CAMERATA Ensemble led by Jan Jakub Bokun, as well as soloists: Paul Meyer, Pierre Genisson, Phil Paglialonga, Jan Mach, Jan Souček, Václav Vonášek, Kateřina Javůrková, Paweł Gusnar, Grzegorz Wieczorek, Shuhei Isobe, Yoshinobu Kamei, Masaharu Yamamoto, Seiki Shinohe and Anna Hashimoto.

Each day will end with gala concerts, which will take place in various parts of Wrocław, but always at the same time: 7:00 p.m. The festival will be inaugurated with the performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op.44, on the rooftop of the Monopol Hotel on 26th April 2016 at noon. The first day of the festival will be devoted to woodwind instruments and will conclude with the performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds during the gala concert in the evening. The “Japanese Day”, which will take place on 27th April 2016, is a new addition of the festival, organised after the resounding success of the Czech Day in 2015. CLARIMANIA Festival 2016 will conclude with the performance by Paul Meyer, world-famous clarinet player, who will be accompanied by the leading Polish string quartet, Meccorre.

The CLARIMANIA International Clarinet Festival, organised in Wrocław since 2002, is a project devoted to woodwind instruments, encompassing a range of artistic and educational activities, directed at students of music universities, conservatories, music schools, residents of Wrocław and all music lovers.

On 26th April 2016 the sounds of Dvořák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments in D minor op. 44 coming from the rooftop of the Monopol Hotel will inaugurate the 2016 edition of the CLARIMANIA International Clarinet Festival.

Even though CLARIMANIA was supposed to be primarily a clarinet festival, for many years we have been also trying to showcase other wind instruments. The first day of this year’s edition of the festival will be devoted to all woodwind instruments, and during the evening concert the Inter>CAMERATA ensemble will perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds—oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and orchestra KV 297b, featuring outstanding young soloists—Jan Souček, an acclaimed oboist and the laureate of several international competitions, Pierre Genisson, the hope of the new French school of clarinet, winner of the Jacques Lancelot Competition, Vacláv Vonášek, bassoonist who recently started playing with Berlin Philharmonic and Kateřina Javůrková,the  laureate of the first place of the Prague Spring Competition in 2013. An exceptional Polish saxophone player—Paweł Gusnar—will represent Poland with his performance of the classic Saxophone Concerto in E flat major, Op. 109 by Alexandr Glazunov.

Even though we already seem to have a tried and true recipe for a successful festival, each year we are trying to improve upon it. After the success of the Czech Day, introduced last year, we are going include the Japanese Day in the festival’s offer, filled with music created by artists from the Country of Cherry Blossoms, performed by the leading Japanese clarinet players of the old and young generation. Yoshinobu Kamei, professor of the Tokyo Music College, whose performances made a lasting impression on me several years ago, will be the star of the evening.

CLARIMANIA Festival always attracted many world-famous stars. On 28th April, on the final day of the festival, we will see and hear the most famous contemporary clarinet player in the world, Paul Meyer, who will join forces with young Meccorre quartet from Poznań. In the magical Aula Leopoldina, the musicians will perform clarinet quintets, composed by Weber and Brahms.

Join us in Wrocław for the CLARIMANIA 2016!

Jakub Bokun

Artistic Director: Jakub Bokun
Organiser: COOLTURAL WROCŁAW Art Association
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