Celebrating Our Sixth Season!
Presented by the Happy Valley Cultural Center under the Artistic Direction of renowned harpist
Chamber On The Mountain honors the traditional
while celebrating the innovative and the intermingling of nascent talent with venerated masters.
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Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Photo by Christian Steiner
Sunday, January 27, 2019
3:00 pm /
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023 Detailed map and directions
Meet the Artist!
Reception will follow the performance.
General Admission $25.00
Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Photo by Keith Saunders
2017 Leon Russianoff Memorial Award
First Prize, 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert Prize
Brownville Concert Series Prize
Leona Green Award for Winds
The Embassy Series Prize
Meridian Symphony Prize
Usedom Music Festival Prize
THE WASHINGTON POST: "Arutyunian’s playing reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess,
beguiling sensitivity and an energetic stage presence. [His] deepest notes were at once vibrant and
enveloping. His highest range had the clarity of a vibrant coloratura."
THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER: "A challenge of any clarinet recital is to transcend the familiar sound of the instrument…Narek
Arutyunian presented a wealth of colors, voices, articulations. We heard dazzling technique in the
service of coherent and considered chamber music."
THE AUSTRALIAN: "Arutyunian impressed with his crystalline articulation and expressive warmth."
Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (The Washington Post). He has performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall as well as Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops. Mr. Arutyunian has also appeared as soloist with the Meridian Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Long Bay Symphony, and the Longwood Symphony. He has performed recitals at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the Westport Arts Center, the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, the Paramount Theater, Music for Youth, Iowa State University, Pepperdine University, Southern Adventist University, Missouri State University, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Morgan Library and Museum, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.
In his 2017-2018 season, Mr. Arutyunian appears in chamber music performances in a return to the Marlboro Music Festival as well as performing three days of educational and community outreach activities prior to his performances of the Mozart Concerto with Oregon’s Newport Symphony. He also gives recitals at the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, SILL’s Music Mondays, and Congregation Rodef Shalom in Pittsburgh. His growing career has also included numerous educational outreach programs in New York City public schools and around the country.
Mr. Arutyunian has performed extensively in Australia, Asia, and in Europe, where he appeared at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, among others. He has appeared as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Arutyunian’s festival appearances include Juilliard ChamberFest, where he performed Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayer, the New York Festival of Song, Krzyzowa Music Festival in Poland, Germany’s Usedomer Musikfestival, Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate and Sydney festivals in Australia, and the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.
Recipient of the 2017 Leon Russianoff Memorial Award and Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. By age 16, he had already won First Prizes in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow. He recorded the Weber Concertino for clarinet with the State Symphony Orchestra of New Russia.
Born in 1992 in Gyumri, Armenia, Mr. Arutyunian’s family moved to Moscow when he was three. He graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he worked with Evgeny Petrov. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Charles Neidich. He is currently a Master’s candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, where he continues his studies with Mr. Neidich. Mr. Arutyunian’s clarinet is a personal gift from the conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov. He receives general support for his career from the Guzik Foundation in California.
Heidi Lehwalder, Artistic Director for Chamber On The Mountain,
Receives the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's (first-ever) 2018 Distinguished Alum Award
Former SYSO musician Heidi Lehwalder is an internationally renowned harpist who has performed and taught around the globe. In recognition of Lehwalder's remarkable career and her ongoing dedication to coaching young musicians, SYSO is thrilled to present her with their first-ever Distinguished Alum Award at The Power of Music Benefit Luncheon, April 22, 2018.
Heidi Lehwalder's career highlights include:
First recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize (now the Avery Fisher Career Grant)
Only harpist to ever tour with the famed Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont
Served as Professor of Harp at the School of Music at the University of Washington
Appeared on Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts on CBS at age 14
Performed as guest artist with more than 65 orchestras including: New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, and, of course, Seattle Symphony where she has appeared 55 times
Met Operaís New Concertmaster: The Canadian Violinist Nikki Chooi
The Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that its next concertmaster would be the young Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi,
who performed for Chamber On The Mountain on May 1, 2016. Mr. Chooi, 27, who was offered a one-year contract
beginning next month,
will join the Metís other concertmaster, David Chan. Read the Article that appeared in the New York Times, July 6, 2016
The Real Star of the 2016 Grammys was Ji-Yong Kim, the Pianist from That Android Commercial
Ji, Pianist, performed for Chamber On The Mountain on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Wonderful News!!
Ji will be back to perform for us again on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3 pm.
Purchase your Advance Reservations now!
Watch his phenomenal performance in a commercial that aired during the 2016 Grammy Awards Show. WATCH VIDEO
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