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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000714.txt from 2000/07

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] ICA winner -- Shoot the pianist
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 21:58:23 -0400

--- William Wright <> wrote:

> Somebody on the list was asking who won the ClarinetFest performance competition.
> I happened to meet him today at a master class. I asked if he wanted to give out
> his email address, and he replied "Sure, that's fine by me." So if the person who
> was asking still wants the email address, I have it in my wallet now.

Great, fine, but who *was* it, for the love of Pete? I've been living the
whole Fest vacariously through all of the Klarinet comments, and now you're
just going to *hint* at who the competition winner was? Come on you sadist,
let it out! (Please?) ;-)

> Given the fact that the pianist was a last minute stand-in, and the class
> was small and more relaxed, I commented afterwards to the instructor (Fred
> Ormand), "Well,at least you didn't need to shoot the pianist." I expected
> that he would ask me what I was talking about; but instead he replied with-
> out hesitation and with a grin, "Yes, I know Alessandro's encores quite well."
> It *is* a small world.

Perhaps, but in this case the comment doesn't come as *too* much of a surprise.
I'm sure he's personally acquainted with a majority of the world's great players
~ he probably taught a few of them at one point or another. Fred Ormand is one
of those not-oft mentioned player/teachers who has had a substantial impact on
the face of clarinetistry in the U.S. and elsewhere, and he continues to produce
some really marvelous talent from his studio at Michigan. I may audition for
him myself if I ever get around to pursuing a Master's.


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