February 20, 2013
Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein Embarks on Midwest Tour

February 12, 2013 (New York, NY) – On February 26, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein will embark on an eight-city tour of the Midwest with pianist Steven Beck and cellist Nicholas Canellakis. Fiterstein will perform the piece, Farewell, Nathaniel, which is featured on his 2011 Ronn Yedidia album on the NAXOS label. The trio will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B flat major, op. 11, Debussy’s Cello Sonata, Gershwin’s 3 Preludes, and Brahms’ Clarinet Trio, op. 114.

The tour includes performances in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota. A full tour schedule is listed below.

Mr. Fiterstein gave the world premiere performance of Mr. Yedidia’s piece, Farewell, Nathaniel, at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall in spring 2008. Mr. Yedidia composed the piece in honor of one of his piano students, Dr. Nathaniel Amadeus Yangco, who passed away suddenly on July 4, 2007. The piece is scored for clarinet and piano for Nathaniel’s father, Dr. Bienvenido Yangco, who played the clarinet.

Winner of the 2001 Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition, Mr. Fiterstein has been praised by the Washington Post saying, “Fiterstein treats his instrument as his own personal voice, dazzling in its spectrum of colors, agility and range. Every sound he makes is finely measured without inhibiting expressiveness.” He regularly performs at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and in 2012 he performed the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with conductor Thomas Dausgaard and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He also gave the world premiere of a new orchestrated version of the first track on his Ronn Yedidia album, World Dance, in South Carolina.

Mr. Fiterstein was born in Belarus. At the age of two, he immigrated with his family to Israel where he later studied at the Israel Arts and Science Academy. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Juilliard School. His teachers included Charles Neidich and Eli Heifetz. Mr. Fiterstein is the first prize winner of the “Aviv” competition in Israel; a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; and he is the recipient of the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award (Tokyo) and numerous awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Mr. Fiterstein is the clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Still ahead for Mr. Fiterstein during the 2012-13 season is a performance at New York’s WMP Concert Hall on March 15 with violinist Miranda Cuckson, cellist Julia Bruskin, and pianist Aaron Wunsch in a program of Bach’s Excerpts from the Musical Offering, BWC 1079, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. He will also perform for the Boston Chamber Music Society, and at the Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival in New Orleans. Mr. Fiterstein is also currently working on film score project with producer/director Richard Ledes. The film is called "The Dark Side" and Mr. Fiterstein will play three Gypsy tunes with violist Paul Neubauer and others. Mr. Fiterstein will appear in the film itself, along with recording the tunes for the soundtrack.

Cellist Nicholas Canellakis is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege and Hotchkiss Summer Portals. He has performed at numerous festivals around the country, including concerts with Mr. Fiterstein at Bargemusic. From 2008-2010 he was in residence at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Academy, and he frequently performs at Alice Tully Hall as a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two.

Mr. Fiterstein first met pianist Steven Beck when they were students at Juilliard. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and Barbes, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as a soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.

Program:

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, op. 11
Brahms: Clarinet Trio, op. 114
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Gershwin: 3 Preludes
Yedidia: Farewell, Nathaniel

Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30pm
Dillon, MT
University of Montana Western
Beier Auditorium

Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm
Virginia, MN
Virginia High School
Goodman Auditorium

Friday, March 1, 7:30pm
International Falls, MN
Backus Community Center
E.W. Backus Auditorium

Saturday, March 2, 7:30pm
Watertown, SD
Miller High School
Dwight D. Miller Auditorium

Sunday, March 3, 2pm
Willmar, MN
Education and Arts Center

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30
Slayton, MN
Murray County High School

Thursday, March 7, 7:30pm
Washington, IA
Community Theater

Friday, March 8, 7:30pm
Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso High School

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