Concerto for Clarinet

Looking back at 2013-2014 Season:  Back in 2010, at the moment that Håkan Rosengren commissioned Frank Ticheli, to compose the Concerto for Clarinet it seemed clear that the collaboration would produce a masterpiece. Indeed the Concerto, written for and dedicated to Håkan, draws from his musical personality, and Håkan performed the work several times this season:  with the Royal Korean Navy Band on Jeju Island (South Korea) conducted by Frank Ticheli himself in August  2013 (on a sultry summer evening in which the thousand-fold audience stood for a long ovation) and several times in May-June 2014 while on tour in Beijing and Shanghai China, including a phenomenal performance at the renowned Shanghai Conservatory, resulting in long standing ovations.  Also, Håkan performed Ticheli Concerto with the Wind Symphony in May 2014 at CSUF School of Music in California. 

In his role as Artistic Director for the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival, an international music festival in south central Texas, Håkan brought together an exquisite group of musicians from the U.S. and abroad:  pianists Peter Nagy, Phillip Bush, Elizabeth Pridgen, and Nanako Urase, violists Amy Schwartz Moretti and Charles Wetherbee, violist Meredith Crawford, cellist Julie Albers and the Carpe Diem Quartet. This year, 2014, was the Festival's 8th season and saw performances of Brahms' and Dvorak's Piano Quintets, violin sonatas by Beethoven and Franck, Brahms' Cello Sonata in E Minor, Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio in E-flat Major, and Weber's Clarinet Quintet as well as the Clarinet Sonata by Poulenc and Clarinet Sonatina by Martinu as musical highlights during the Festival.   

The 2014 summer festival season started with Håkan's 18th consecutive season as artist-faculty at the Festival Institute at Round Top from June 22 through July 12. A highlight of the Festival was the performance of Frank Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds, Percussion and Strings.  From July 30 to August 5, Håkan joins pianist Brian Uecker at the Book Nook Music Festival in Michigan, outside of Grand Rapids, and then Charles Wetherbee at the Keystone Chamber Music Festival, in Boulder Colorado from August 6, performing Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio with Charles, among other works.  

Chamber Music was a focus of Håkan's performing in 2013-14, with continued collaboration with the Salastina Music Society and other events.  In October Håkan and the Salastina Music Society performed Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and Glazunov's Oriental Reverie at Meng Concert Hall in Orange County. The Glazunov was a revelation—quite enjoyable work—and Mozart is receiving many hits on You-Tube.  The 2014-15 season will again have Håkan and Salastina in concerts in Southern California—season programming and schedule to be announced soon!  

Håkan performed the Mozart Kegelstatt and Hindemith Quartet at the Classic Chamber Concerts in Round Rock, TX on November 9, 2013, and the Schumann Fantasy Pieces at the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival's Interlude on February 8, 2014. In early April, he and pianist Nanako Urase gave a recital in University of Nevada Las Vegas—where Håkan also held a master class and private lessons in a residency—prior to traveling to Håkan's native Sweden for a recital tour there, including concerts in the old city of Uppsala and in Kristinehamn. On April 24, 2014 Håkan served as a jury member of the Coltman Chamber Music Competition at the Austin Chamber Music Center. 

Håkan's recording of chamber music of Gerard Schurmann, made in November 2013, was released in spring. With musical partners Clive Greensmith and Mikhail Korzhev, Håkan recorded Schurmann's clarinet trio.  

The International Clarinet Masterclass Series at CSU Fullerton, founded in 2011, continued through the 2013-14 season with Sarah Elbaz, Professor of Clarinet at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel, teaching and performing on December 3, 2013 and Burt Hara, now Associate Principal Clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philarmonic, teaching and performing on May 3, 2014.  The 2014-15 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 was Semifinalist in the Lisbon Clarinet Competition.  

Most of Håkan's students continue with prestigious next steps to their academic career and recent accomplishments include:  James Lee (admitted with scholarship to Cleveland Institute of Music as well as University of Southern California), Rimvydas Savickas (admitted with scholarship to the DMA program at University of Southern California), Rani Oliveira (full scholarship and assistantship to CSULB), Claire Grellier (full scholarship and assistantship to University of Colorado Boulder) and Gabriela Castro (admitted to Indiana University). 

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 community college clarinet teacher in Southern California holding positions at Mount San Antonio, Riverside and Fullerton Colleges and has been appointed Principal Clarinetist with San Bernardino Symphony, 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