Pyne/Clarion is the choice of many top professionals including these artists
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Riccardo Muti. Mr. Williamson recently was the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic (2013-14 season) under Alan Gilbert as well as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (2003-11) under James Levine. In addition, he has been a frequent guest principal clarinetist with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan under Seiji Ozawa.
Mr. Williamson is currently on the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He has served on the clarinet faculty at Columbia University and the Mannes College of Music in New York City, as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He has recorded for the Sony Classics, Telarc, CRI, BMG, Naxos and Decca labels and can be heard on numerous film soundtracks. Most recently, Mr. Williamson was a featured soloist with the CSO under the baton of John Williams, recording his Oscar-nominated score for Steven Spielberg's film, "Lincoln.”
An avid soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Williamson has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has collaborated with such artists as: Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Anne Marie McDermott, Emanuel Ax, Meliora Winds, Aspen, Dorian and Sylvan Wind Quintets; Brentano, American, Jasper and Dover String Quartets. Most recent concerto performances include the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with both the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan (2011) and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in Carnegie Hall under conductor Fabio Luisi (2012).
He received his Bachelor’s degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. As a Fulbright Scholar, he furthered his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where he collaborated with various members of the Berlin Philharmonic. His past teachers include Peter Rieckhoff, Charles Neidich, Kenneth Grant and Michael Webster. Mr. Williamson was the grand prize winner of the 1994 Boosey & Hawkes/Buffet Crampon First Annual North American Clarinet Competition. Other past awards include the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition.
A long-time Selmer-Paris and Vandoren Artist, Mr. Williamson currently plays Selmer Signature clarinets and uses Vandoren traditional reeds with a James Pyne JX/BC mouthpiece. He resides in Wilmette, IL with his wife Jill, sons Ryan, Connor, Matthew and their dog Lila.
Urban Claesson, principal clarinet of the Gothenburg Symphony. The outstanding Swedish virtuoso, Mr. Claesson has been hailed for his recent performances of the Corigliano Concerto and, while in London, performed the Mozart Quintet with the renowned Amadeus Quartet. He is Professor at Gothenburg College and is much sought after as a soloist and chamber musician. His teachers have been Sten Petterssen in Sweden and Anthony Pay at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies in London. Mr. Claesson performs on a handcrafted Pyne/Clarion BC Model Signature mouthpiece and Buffet clarinets
Kenneth John Grant
Eastman School of Music
Kenneth John Grant is principal clarinet of the Rochester Philharmonic and artist faculty at the Eastman School of Music. He is an active soloist and chamber musician as well. His teachers have been Stanley Hasty, James Pyne, Franklin Cohen, and Theodore Johnson and he holds the BM and Performer's Certificate form the Eastman School. Mr. Grant has served as principal clarinet of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (1973-87), and Rochester Philharmonic (1987- present). As Soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic and Columbus Symphony he has performed several premieres including the Clarinet Concerto by Sydney Hodkinson (world premiere), and Benjamin Britten's Concerto Movement for Clarinet and Orchestra (United States premiere), both with the Rochester Philharmonic. Chamber music premieres include Verne Reynolds' Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Fantasy Etudes for Clarinet, Percussion, and Piano. He was soloist for the Eastman Wind Ensemble Japan Tour (1994). He has been a soloist in the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium (June 1996), ICA ClarinetFest 1998 at Ohio State University, ICA ClarinetFest in New Orleans (2001), the International Festival at Round Top (2004, 2005), Aria International Summer Academy at Ball State University (2004, 2005) and has been a Faculty member, Eastman Summer Seminars in Hamamatsu, Japan. He also served as a Faculty member at Capital University (1978-87), Ohio Wesleyan University (1986-87) and since 1987, the Eastman School of Music. Ken performs on Buffet R-13 clarinets, a Pyne model Pk mouthpiece, Olivieri or Vandoren V12 reeds and a Bay or Peterson-Pyne hand woven ligature.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Brown is one of the few contemporary professional clarinetists who is a truly stunning performer both on the soprano clarinets and the bass clarinet! His abilities serve him well in his position as bass clarinetist and clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally Mr. Brown maintains a large studio as a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music’s Community Music School. His past performances have included the Toronto Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestras.
A prolific and much sought after chamber musician, Mr. Brown has performed to critical acclaim in venues such as Carnegie Zankel Hall, the Frick Gallery in New York City, and Mexico’s Cervantes Festival. As a member of the Eastman Broadband Ensemble, he has toured both Europe and Mexico and participated in two recording projects, one of which was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Music degree (Summa Cum Laude) at The Ohio State University and the Master of Music Degree in Literature and Performance from the Eastman School of Music. He spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival and served as a Fellow working with Joaquin Valdepeñas and Theodore Oien. His principal teachers have been Kenneth Grant, James Pyne, and Robert Lehner.
Mr. Brown has played Pyne mouthpieces exclusively on both clarinet and bass clarinet for many years.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Theodore Oien, principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is a sought-after chamber musician and a concerto soloist who has performed the concertos of Mozart, Weber, Molter, Debussy, Lutoslawski, Martin, Strauss, Finzi, and Copland, the last with the composer conducting. In the summers of 1994 and 1998 Mr. Oien was a featured recitalist at the International Clarinet Association's "ClarinetFest", a global conference of more than 600 clarinetists. Recent appearances have been as soloist at Meadow Brook with the Detroit Symphony, in Winnipeg with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, in Topeka with the Sunflower Music Festival and in Montevideo with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay. In November 1999, he will be performing in a prestigious concert at Lincoln Center featuring principal players of leading orchestras of fifty nations in honor of the Twentieth Anniversary of Symphonicum Europae. A former student of Richard Waller and Robert Marcellus, Mr. Oien holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. He has recently presented master classes in Michigan, Louisiana and Ontario, Canada, and is a long-standing faculty member of Wayne State University and the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Oien performs on Buffet R13 clarinets, a Pyne ~M mouthpiece and handmade reeds.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Charles West is an orchestral, chamber and solo clarinetist, performing recitals or concertos throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He appears regularly in international venues as clarinetist and conductor, and he has recorded repertoire which ranges from the most standard of sonatas to the most avant-garde. He is heard on labels including Klavier, Wilson Audiophile, Centaur, CRI, Crystal, and on a 1993 Grammy Award-winning Telarc CD.
West holds the Doctorate and three other university degrees, has been a Fulbright Scholar, and he has been President of the International Clarinet Association. His career has included nearly thirty years as Principal Clarinetist in six different professional orchestras and opera companies, and he has held teaching positions in three North American universities, with guest professorships in South America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China and Australia. West has been Conductor of Orchestras and opera conductor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has served as conductor or adjudicator of bands and orchestras throughout the U.S. During his seven-year tenure as Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, the orchestra became recognized regionally for the standard of excellence that it set. He is presently Professor of Music and Coordinator of Winds & Percussion at VCU, conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Charlottesville-Albemarle, and artist-clinician for the Buffet Crampon Corporation. Playing Buffet Tosca, Festival and R-13 clarinets, most of West's recorded and public performances are on the Pyne M and JxBc mouthpieces, with 66 millimeter Pyne 1+ barrels and his own handmade reeds. Dr. West’s book, “The Woodwind Player’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Performance,” was published in 2008 by Meredith Music Publications, and in 2011, he received the VCUArts Faculty Award of Excellence.
Arizona State University
Robert Spring's astonishing virtuosity and superb musicianship have sparked tremendous praise from the clarinet community. It is a joy to experience his outstanding CD performances of works for clarinet by Joan Tower (the first recording of these works), Dragon's Tongue, a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band and a new recording, Tarentelle, a recording of violin music (played on clarinet) that Heifetz recorded. A wizard at special techniques like ultra-fast multiple articulation and circular breathing, Dr. Spring has published numerous articles on these and other contemporary procedures. He holds the DMA degree from the University of Michigan and his teachers have been John Mohler, Paul Shaller and David Shifrin. As professor of clarinet at Arizona State University, Dr. Spring hosted the highly successful 1995 ICA Clarinetfest and (apart from a few reed slivers in the tongue) made it all seem easy. Bob performs on Buffet clarinets, Greenline in Bb and RC in A, Pyne Pk mouthpiece/#4+ barrel combination with handmade reeds.
Russell Dagon maintained a dual career as an orchestral musician and teacher of the clarinet from 1966 through 1999. He accepted a full time appointment as Professor of Clarinet at the Northwestern University School of Music beginning in the fall of 1999. Dagon retired from Northwestern in 2005 and is now an Emeritus Professor of Music from that institution. Mr. Dagon had been a part time faculty member at Northwestern since 1981 and prior to that, served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin campuses at Oshkosh, Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison. Additional faculty positions were held at Carroll College, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the State University of New York College at Fredonia and at Bemidji State College in Minnesota. Mr. Dagon is extremely proud of the accomplishments of his students who are filling orchestral, university, public school and other music related positions around the world. His summers have been spent in coaching the clarinet and wind sections of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada along with various other festivals.
Mr. Dagon was the Principal Clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1969 through the 1998-99 season. He was a soloist with that organization on numerous occasions and has been heard on the orchestras syndicated radio broadcasts throughout North America, Great Britain and on The Voice of America. In addition, he has been the Principal Clarinetist on all of the Milwaukee Symphony recordings for the Koss Classics, Nonesuch and Telarc labels during his tenure with the orchestra. Prior to his appointment with Milwaukee Mr. Dagon was, from 1966-69, the Second and E-flat Clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Russell Dagon received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Northwestern University in 1961 and the Master of Music from that same institution in 1962. He did additional graduate work at the Eastman School of Music. His primary clarinet teachers were Stanley Hasty, Cloyde Williams and Jerome Stowell.
Dagon remains active as a teacher, clinician and chamber music performer and has been an Artist/Clinician representative for Buffet/Crampon Clarinets since 1992. He has had the privilege of presenting solo recitals and/or workshops for the International Clarinet Association Conferences at Atlanta, The Ohio State University, Florida State University and the Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to the above he has presented recitals and master classes at numerous other campuses, festivals and workshops throughout North America.
Russell Dagon was a founding member of the Wisconsin Chamber Players, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and the Trio Suoni. For many summers, he directed the Chamber Music Festival at Birch Creek Farm in Door County, Wisconsin. Russell Dagon's commitment to chamber music has continued through his participation with musicians from around the world, in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada's Chamber Music Series, at Northwestern University as a faculty performer, on Chicago radio station WFMT's live broadcasts, and at many other venues.
Mr. Dagon performs on Buffet R13 clarinets, and a Pyne model Ck mouthpiece. Russell's favorite pre-concert dish is Bohemian pork and sauerkraut prepared par excellence by his wife Sandy who just happens to be an excellent clarinetist as well.
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Larry Passin, Principal Clarinet of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, began his career as Principal Clarinet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at age 22, having just won the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition as a student of both Franklin Cohen and Ted Johnson. In 1996 he joined the Aspen Music Festival as a faculty member and performer serving as Principal Clarinet in the Aspen Chamber Symphony and Festival Orchestra. A frequent soloist, both in Spain and the United States, Larry has met with critical acclaim performing the Clarinet Concertos by Mozart, Weber, Copland and Neilsen. His world premiere of the Concerto by Jesus Rodriguez-Pico is available on compact disc. Mr. Passin performs on Buffet R-13 clarinets, a Pyne model ~M mouthpiece, a Pyne model 4+ barrel and Vandoren reeds. As a musical ambassador for American culture in Spain he traditionally hosts a homemade Thanksgiving feast that is much appreciated by his Spanish amigos.
Howard Klug has been a chamber musician, soloist and clinician throughout the United States, Great Britain, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Venezuela, China and Israel. A former member of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where he soloed on flute, clarinet and saxophone, Mr. Klug has also been principal clarinet of the Fresno Philharmonic, Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony. Chamber music affiliations have included the Illinois Trio, the Illinois Woodwind Quintet, the Chicago Ensemble, Trio Indiana and fourte'. Mr. Klug's recent concerto performances have included appearances with the Belgian Radio Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and a tour of Belgium with the Kamerorkest of the Staatsacademie of Vilnius. Some of his recent pedagogical activities, in addition to annual master classes at many of the world's finest music academies, have been as the artistic director of the Belgian Clarinet Academy, a Fulbright scholar in Iceland, a clinician at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the creator of the publishing company "Woodwindiana", dedicated to new literature for young clarinetists. Howard Klug is Professor of Clarinet at Indiana University, Bloomington. He performs on Rossi American bore clarinets with a Pyne model Bc Signature mouthpiece and a Pyne Handwoven String Ligature. On Bass Clarinet, a Pyne model P Signature mouthpiece.
Kathleen Gardiner Mulcahy
Kathleen Gardiner Mulcahy is a freelance artist in the Washington, DC area appearing regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Washington Concert Opera. She is principal clarinetist of the Roanoke Symphony and Virginia Chamber Orchestras and performs with Chicago's Grant Park Orchestra in the summer. Previously Ms. Mulcahy spent five years as the second and Eb clarinetist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and was instructor of clarinet at the State University of New York at Fredonia. As a chamber musician, Ms. Mulcahy appears with the Fessenden Ensemble and Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, DC and is frequently heard in recital throughout the region.
Ms. Mulcahy holds the DMA and BM degrees from The Ohio State University and the MM degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers have included: James Pyne, Kenneth Grant, and Peter Hadcock. Kathleen performs on a Pyne Signature Nsk mouthpiece with a Pyne 1+ barrel, and a Pyne P+ Eb clarinet mouthpiece.
James Campbell's journeys as Canada's most honored and distinguished clarinetist have taken him to the world's major concert halls throughout North and South America, across Britain and Europe, Australia, Japan and China. Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 30 recordings, a Juno Award (Stolen Gems), a Roy Thomson Hall Award, the 1989 Canada's Artist of the Year and the Order of Canada (1997). He has collaborated with many of the world's great musicians including the late Glenn Gould, performances with Elly Ameling, Janos Starker, Aaron Copland, and has been guest soloist with over fifty orchestras. Of Cambell's discography, many recordings have won international acclaim, including the Weber Clarinet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart and Copland Concertos with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has also recently recorded the world premiere of Brahms Sonata Op. 120 No. 1, orchestrated by Luciano Berio, with the London Symphony Orchestra on Cala Records; and the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas for Marquis Records. During the 1998-99 season, Campbell will record the Jenner Trio and the Finzi Concerto with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, for CBC Records. As Artistic Director of Festival of the Sound, Mr. Campbell celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a special program "Music from the Sound" during the months of July and August 1999. He also performed at Festivals in Holland and Japan during the summer of 1999. Since 1989, James Campbell makes Bloomington Indiana his base during the academic year as Professor of Music at the prestigious Music School of Indiana University. He performs on Selmer Recital clarinets with a Pyne Pk Signature mouthpiece.