Concerto for Clarinet
A busy summer season comes to an end for Håkan Rosengren, with a performance of Frank Ticheli’s Clarinet Concerto with the Royal Korean Navy Band, Frank Ticheli conducting, on Jeju Island, South Korea. Frank Ticheli composed the Concerto for Håkan in 2010, and this performance, on a sultry summer evening attended by thousands, was given a long, standing ovation. Håkan returns to his teaching residency at CSU Fullerton for another year—his 14th—before future concerts take him to many corners of the world including Asia and Europe.

Håkan also continues as Artistic Director for the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival, an international music festival in south central Texas, which will hold its 8th annual Festival in May 2014. The 2014 Festival will bring violinist Charles Wetherbee for the first time and will also feature cellist Julie Albers, pianist Phillip Bush, and the Carpe Diem Quartet.

The International Clarinet Masterclass Series at CSU Fullerton will continue for the 2013-14 season. Håkan created the Series in 2011, when masterclasses were given by Yehuda Gilad, Ritchie Hawley, and Franklin Cohen. World-class quality continued in the 2012-13 season with Israeli Alexander Fiterstein and Americans Mark Nuccio and James Kanter. CSUF graduate and undergraduate students performed for some of his most renowned colleagues in the clarinet world. The 2013-14 schedule will be announced soon—stay tuned!

Håkan’s students and former students have many recent accomplishments: Lithuanian graduate student Rimvydas Savickas was one of ten finalists (on all instruments) in the Ima Hogg National Auditions. Portuguese graduate student Marta Xavier qualified as one of four clarinetists to the prestigious 2013 International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas. Graduate student Jonathan Terry continues his role as the Coordinator of the Young Musicians Foundation Educational Program in Los Angeles.

Håkan’s former students include Portuguese Nuno Silva, Professor of Clarinet at the Lisbon Academy of Music as well as Principal Clarinetist of the Lisbon Metropolitan Symphony, Swede Andreas Sunden who resigned from Principal Clarinetist of the Royal Concertgebouw to accept the same position in the Swedish Radio Symphony, Lithuanian Andrius Bernotaitis who is Principal Clarinetist of the Kaunas Symphony and Kaunas State Opera as well as principal clarinet teacher at the Kaunas University, and Swede Martin Frost is pursuing a worldwide solo career. Margaret Worsley has established herself as the most revered junior college clarinet teacher in Southern California holding positions at Mount Sac, Riverside and Fullerton Colleges, Daniel Sheridan is Professor at Winona State University in Minnesota, Cynthia Doggett is Professor at Central College in Iowa, and Alice Wang is Professor at Youngstown State University.

reviews

Immediately memorable musical personality.
New York Times

Physically and spiritually one with his instrument.
Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm

Like a human voice of subtlety and range.
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio

A profound emotional experience.
Hufvudstabladet, Helsinki

Sensitive, colorful and magical.
Neue Zeit, Berlin