Concerto for Clarinet

Håkan Rosengren’s collaboration with the Austin Chamber Music Center continued recently in concerts curated by Håkan featuring Scandinavian music by Elfrida Andrée, Tor Aulin, and Emil Hartman, with cellist Bion Tsang, violinist Charles Wetherbee, and pianist Michelle Schumann, the artistic director of the Austin Chamber Music Center.

Another interesting collaboration continued with the Austin Guitar Society in two performances of “I/We” by Joe Williams, a new multi-media work for clarinet, violin, cello, and two guitars, later voted the best Original Composition by the Austin Critics.

Last summer, Håkan performed again in Japan, this time in recitals with pianist Nanako Urase—including in Osaka and at the extraordinary concert venue in her hometown on Awaji Island in a sold-out concert—and masterclasses sponsored by Buffet Crampon. These concerts in Japan followed the duo’s recital tour in Sweden in April.

Prior to that tour, Håkan performed as concerto soloist both in Lithuania and in Latvia. With the Kaunas Philharmonic, in Kaunas Lithuania, Håkan performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Earlier, Håkan performed the Baltic premiere of the Concerto for Clarinet by Frank Ticheli—a work composed for Håkan on a commission—with the Orchestra Riga, in Latvia. Håkan also gave masterclasses for the orchestra musicians in Riga during his residency there.

Fayetteville Chamber Music continues exciting concerts and musical activities under Håkan’s leadership. Diana Cohen, Roman Rabinovich, Peter Nagy, Dmitri Murrath, Bonnie Terry, and Julie Albers are among those that have joined Håkan in recent chamber music performances. And, in the past couple of years, Håkan has performed with the Jupiter Quartet, Aeolus Quartet, and Altius Quartet, in clarinet quintets by Brahms, Mozart, Weber, and Glazunov.


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