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  • Faculty Recital: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 26, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Boulez the Modernist II

    Shuai Wang, piano
    Madeline Lucas Tolliver, flute
    Benjamin Chen, clarinet, guest artist
    Yun-Ting Lee, violin, guest artist
    Eric Wong, viola
    Daniel Pereira
    , cello
    Thomas Sherwood, percussion, guest artist

  • New Music Symposium

    October 29, 2016, 1:30 pm
    Studio 113

    Guest composer Augusta Read Thomas discusses her music and approach to composition

  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Pre-concert Panel Discussion: Reflections on Boulez

    Augusta Read Thomas, University of Chicago; Susan McClary, Case Western Reserve University; and Joshua Smith, principal flute, The Cleveland Orchestra; moderated by Keith Fitch.

Preparatory division clarinet

Clarinetist Amitai Vardi, an avid soloist, orchestral and chamber musician made his solo debut at the age of sixteen with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has since won several concerto competitions and was a featured soloist with the CIM Orchestra, the Round Top Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Symphony Orchestra and with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Mr. Vardi is on the faculty at Kent State University and the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp. His students serve as principal clarinetists in many of the region’s top youth ensembles, including CYWS, CYO, AYS, and COYO. This season, the entire Cleveland
Orchestra Youth orchestra clarinet section is comprised of his students.

Mr. Vardi received his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Eli Eban, and his Master of Music degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music, as a student of Franklin Cohen. Mr. Vardi pursued his post-graduate studies with
Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles.

His enthusiasm for chamber music has led to performances across the United States, South America, Europe and his native Israel. He is featured in several chamber music CDs, and later this year will appear on a recording with his father, cellist Uri Vardi.

As an orchestral player, Mr. Vardi served as principal clarinetist of Red {an orchestra}, and Lyric Opera Cleveland. He currently holds positions with Opera Cleveland, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra and Blossom Band and Orchestra. Vardi has performed with many orchestras, including the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra, with which he performed dozens of concerts and has toured to New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Miami.

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