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Academy from October 1
to November 4, 2021

Michel Portal

Clarinet Master Class

Michel PORTAL is a musician with many facets: classical clarinetist, he obtains the first clarinet prizes of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1959, of the Geneva International Competition and of the Swiss Jubilee in 1963, of Budapest in 1965 and the Grand Prix National de la Musique in 1983.

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Michel PORTAL is a highly inspired soloist and chamber musician, combining a clear and rigorous reading of the works he interprets, an extraordinary expressiveness, placing him without a doubt away from the usual paths. He regularly plays with Georges Pludermacher, Maria João Pirès, Bruno Canino, Michel Dalberto, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Jérôme Ducros, Gidon Kremer, Laurent Korcia, Paul Meyer, Youri Bashmet, Gérard Caussé, Les Quatuors Sine Nomine, Modigliani, Ebène…

He is also passionate about contemporary music, which he has been defending since the very beginning of his career. He has worked with Kagel, Stockhausen, Berio, Boulez and Globokar and participated in numerous concerts with Diego Masson’s Ensemble “Musique Vivante”. A sought-after improviser, he has performed extensively with the American dancer Carolyn Carlson (Théâtre de la Ville à Paris, Helsinki, Hamburg , Lausanne).

In July 1995, he participated in the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands and worked with G. Kurtag. Radio France dedicated a «Portrait» to him in 1995: he gave in world premiere the concerto for clarinet and orchestra of Donatoni with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France under the direction of Diego Masson and in French premiere the double concerto of W. Rihm with the French National Orchestra in February 2006.

Michel PORTAL pursues research into the problems of joint creation in the field of the avant-garde. Passionate about jazz, he surrounds himself with the best European musicians: Texier, Humair, Solal, Jenny-Clark,… and creates the Portal Unit.
Always refusing to allow music to freeze, he lets his imagination and fantasy run wild in improvisation, where he sometimes abandons the clarinet for the bandoneon or the saxophone. Its American partners are Jacky Terrasson, Mino Cinelu, Charlie Haden,… With the program of his CD «Baïlador», he gives concerts all over the world between 2011 and 2012.

Michel PORTAL successfully composes film music. He obtained three Caesars for “The Return of Martin Guerre “, “The Horsemen of the Storm” and “Field of Honor”.
In 1990 and 1995, he was awarded a Sept d’Or for best television film music.

In November 2005, he received the Prix in Honorem from the Charles Cros Academy for his entire career and in February 2006, a Victoire d’Honneur at the Victoires de la Musique Classique ceremony in Strasbourg. To crown the 2005/2006 season, the Syndicat Professionnel de la Critique de Théâtre, de Musique et de Danse awarded him the Grand Prix de la Critique.

His latest CD «Double», with Paul Meyer and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, was released by Alpha-Classics in July 2020.

Academy from 24
to 31 October 2021

Patrick Messina

Clarinet Master Class

Patrick Messina is well known to orchestras and audiences as one of the leading clarinettists of our times. In 2003 Patrick Messina became Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre National de France under Kurt Masur’s direction.

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From 1996 to 2003, Patrick has worked with the Metropolitan Opera in New York under the baton of James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin and he is regularly invited as guest Principal clarinetist with some of the best orchestra in the world, like the Royal Concertgebauw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink and others.

A frequent soloist with major orchestras, Patrick Messina has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de Cannes, the Philharmonie der Nationen, the Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Kioi Sinfonietta ( Tokyo ) and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine under the direction of Riccardo Muti, Trevor Pinnock, Bernard Haitink, Yehudi Menuhin, Tan Dun, Daniele Gatti, Sascha Goetzel, Anton Nanut, Kristjan Jarvi, Jaap Van Zweden, Sascha Goetzel, and John Axelrod.

An avid chamber music player, Messina has made regular international appearances with renowned artist such as Edita Gruberova, Daniel Hope, Bruno Giuranna, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Roger Muraro, Katia et Marielle Labeque, Gautier Capuçon, and some of the greatest string quartets, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin (Berlin Philharmonic), the Vogler, Parker, Diotima, Parisii, Aron, Debussy, Elysées and Fine Arts.

He has played in some of the most prestigious Festivals like: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Gstaad, Spoleto, Schleswig-Holstein, Savannah, Mitte Europa, Pablo Casals, Istanbul, Menton, Wissembourg, Berlioz.

Patrick Messina is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards.  In 1992, he became a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.  In 1996 he won 1st Prize of the East and West International Auditions in New York and the Ima Hogg National Competition in Houston. In 1998 he was 1st prize at the Heida Hermanns International Competition.

Aged only 18, he was the first prize winner in both the chamber music and clarinet division at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

In 2010, Patrick Messina premiere the Clarinet Concerto “Autumn Pictures” from the French-Libanese  composer Bechara El Khoury at the Chatelet Theatre with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, conducted by Olari Elts (CD Naxos, 2014).

Also in that same year, Patrick Messina was appointed Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 2012, Messina released his critically acclaim Mozart CD with Riccardo Muti, the Orchestre National de France and the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin (Harmonia Mundi distr.) described as

” One of the great performances of the last twenty years” (Concertonet)

Here you can see what the fuss is about with Messina. This album announces the arrival of a major clarinet talent”  (Allmusic)

Since 2017, Patrick is associate with the Aparté Record label with whom he has recorded a Schumann Album “Music for Clarinet” with pianist Fabrizio Chiovetta. This CD was a total critical success and had great reviews from magazine such as Diapason (5*****) and Musica (5*****)

Most recently “Kaleidoscopic”, a 20th Century music album with two world premiere recording of Arvo Pärt and Jan Rääts has received 5 stars from Pizzicato magazine and the prestigious “Choc” of Classica.

Born in Nice, France, of Sicilian and Spanish parents, Patrick began taking lessons with his father Aldo Messina, a clarinetist himself, and continued his studies with Guy Deplus, Michel Arrignon at the Paris Conservatory, Franklin Cohen at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Ricardo Morales in New York’s Mannes College.

Patrick Messina is a professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and at the IESM (Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur de la Musique, Pôle Supérieur) in Aix en Provence, France.

Patrick is also an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London where he is a regular visiting professor since 2011.

Academy from 11 to
18 April 2021

Sharon Kam

Clarinet Master Class

Sharon Kam is one of the world’s leading clarinet soloists and has been working with renowned orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Japan for over 20 years. She has performed Mozart’s clarinet masterpieces all over the world from an early age. Her impressive musical repertoire ranges from chamber music to contemporary repertoire and reflects the ease with which she adapts to all musical genres, from classical to modern to jazz.

 She has twice been awarded the Echo “Instrumentalist of the Year”.

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Sharon Kam is one of the world’s leading clarinet soloists and has been working with renowned orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Japan for over 20 years.

Mozart’s clarinet masterpieces have been an object of artistic focus for Ms. Kam since the beginning of her career. At the age of 16, she performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in her orchestral debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta. A short time later, she performed the Clarinet Quintet with the Guarneri String Quartet in Carnegie Hall, New York.

As part of Mozart’s 250th birthday celebrations at the National Theatre in Prague, her interpretation of the Mozart concerto was televised live in 33 countries and is available on DVD. In the same year, she was able to realize her longtime dream of recording the Concerto and the Clarinet Quintet using the basset clarinet. Contributing to the widely praised disk were eminent string players Isabelle van Keulen, Ulrike-Anima Mathé, Volker Jacobsen and Gustav Rivinus, as well as the Haydn Philharmonie.

As a passionate chamber musician, Sharon Kam regularly works with artists such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Enrico Pace, Daniel Müller-Schott, Leif Ove Andsnes, Carolin Widmann and the Jerusalem Quartet. She is a frequent guest at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Heimbach, Rheingau, Risør, Cork, Verbier, and Delft, as well as the Schubertiade festival.
An active performer of contemporary music, she has premiered many works, including Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto and Quartet and concertos by Herbert Willi (at the Salzburg Festival), Iván Erőd and Peter Ruzicka (at Donaueschingen).

Sharon Kam feels at home in a variety of musical genres – from classical to modern music and jazz – a fact reflected in her diverse discography. She received the ECHO “Instrumentalist of the Year” award two times: in 1998, for her Weber recording with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and Kurt Masur, and in 2006, for her CD with the Leipzig Radio Orchestra featuring works by Spohr, Weber, Rossini and Mendelssohn. Her “American Classics” CD with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by her husband Gregor Bühl, was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize.

In 2013 she released a recording entitled “Opera!”. This collaboration with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester, conducted by Ruben Gazarian, includes transcriptions of operatic arias ranging from Rossini and Puccini to Wolf-Ferrari, arranged for clarinet and chamber orchestra. The release was accompanied by an inaugural tour.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Max Reger’s death in 2016, her chamber music partners from her Mozart recording rejoined to record the clarinet quintets by Reger and Brahms (Edel, October 2015).

During the season 2019/20 Sharon Kam will perform at concert halls including the Wiener Musikverein and in a portrait concert at the Elbphiharmonie as well as with the Vienna and Munich Chamber Orchestras, the Staatskapelle Halle, the Saarländischen Staatsorchester, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2019 her new Trio album was released, recorded with her long-term partners Ori Kam and Matan Porat, with whom she will also present their acclaimed program again at various chamber music series.

Sharon Kam is a Buffet Crampon Artist and has always been playing the R13 model. Her mouthpiece is made by Peter Eaton, London.


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