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Notable clarinet duo to present master class at KU

Friday, March 9, 2012

LAWRENCE-The duo Adzel, comprised of internationally-known clarinetists Stephanie Zelnick, KU assistant professor of clarinet, and Mariam Adam, member of the renowned wind quintet, Imani Winds, will perform a variety of master classes and performances at KU, Washburn University, K-State, Free State High School (Lawrence), and Central Middle School (Lawrence) March 12-13, 2012. The duo will present a master class open to the public at KU in Murphy Hall, Room 118, March 15 at 1pm.

Mariam Adam is a native of Monterey, California, and is a distinguished soloist and chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds.

Adam has performed in the world’s prestigious halls across the globe and with Imani Winds has won numerous awards for their performances, programming and commissioning achievements and educational prowess. A pillar in the chamber music community, they have also been instrumental in audience development and community outreach.

Adam was chosen to be one of the last students of legendary clarinetist, Rosario Mazzeo. She developed a colorful career on the west coast soloing with the Sacramento Symphony, Monterey County Symphony amongst others while still an undergraduate. She was soloist with the Eastman Music Summer Festival, toured with Monterey Jazz Festival jazz ensembles, sometimes as the drummer, in Japan and North America and received numerous solo awards before moving to the east coast for graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music.

She has since performed with Chamber Music Lincoln Center, Prussia Cove Festival in England, 92nd St. Y, Rockport Music Festival, Chenango Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, La Jolla Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Wolf Trap, Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill recital hall as well as collaborations with such artists as Paquito D'Rivera and David Shifrin.

She has performed in Spain, Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, France and the UK as a soloist, chamber musician and educator.

Stephanie Zelnick, Buffet-Crampon Artist and assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Kansas, has emerged as one of the most dynamic performers of her generation. She has appeared as a soloist in venues throughout the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe, including most recently the 34th annual International Music Festival of the Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da Universidade Federal de Goiás in Goiania, Brazil, the Academia Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Salerno, Italy, the European Day of Jewish Music in Novi Sad, Serbia, the Berkshire Music Trust in Reading, England, Timisoara Muzicala Academica in Romania, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei.

Upcoming events include performances and master classes at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School with the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, the Florida State University, the New Frontiers Music Festival, the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Los Angeles, and an artist residency at the Universidade Federale de Goias in Goiania, Brazil.

In addition to her solo work, she is the principal clarinet of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Central City Opera. She has recorded Morton Gould's Derivations as a featured soloist on the Naxos label, Brooke Joyce's Waves of Stone on the Innova label, and Antonio Fraiolis Appunti di Viaggio produced by the Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto. Diaspora: Music by Jewish Composers for Clarinet for release fall 2011.

While residing in Europe, Dr. Zelnick performed with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic, the Prague Opera, and the Johann Strauss Opera in Vienna. She has toured Europe as a soloist and a member of the Prague International Trio, performing in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Germany. She remains a member of the Prague-based chamber ensemble Classicon XX, and in 2009 was sponsored by Privrednik, Serbia's oldest humanitarian organization, to teach and play concerts throughout the country.

Zelnick has also served as principal clarinet in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sunflower Music Festival, as well as appearing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Seattle Pops, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival, among many others. She has performed at the Southern Clarinet Symposium, Midwest Clarifest, the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, and the OU Clarinet Symposium. Dr. Zelnick served on the Artistic Committee for the 2008 ClarinetFest in Kanas City and is a member of the Clarinet review committee for the 2011 ClarinetFest in Los Angeles. She is also a member of the Ad Astra Clarinet Quartet, recipients of the Kansas Arts Commission Arts on Tour Grant, with whom she has appeared at universities and festivals throughout the United States.

As a teacher, Zelnick has served on the faculties of the University of Wyoming and the University of Northern Colorado. She is an active clinician and has presented master classes at numerous universities and conferences, including most recently in Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Agropoli, Italy, Taipei, Romania, and throughout the United States. She has also written for both the NACWPI Journal and The Clarinet: A Guide to the High Altitude Clarinet which will be published Spring 2012.

As part of Dr. Zelnick's commitment to outreach, she has worked with the People's School Chicago in Spring 2011 and as a member of the Kansas Woodwinds in schools throughout the country. With Mariam Adam, clarinetist of the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, she is a co-founder of the Middle East Meets the Midwest initiative which strives to enhance cultural dialogues through music. Recently their AdZel Duo recorded Mohammed Fairouz's Ughniat and Anne Guzzo's The Color of Honey as part of their ongoing commitment to diverse elements in new music. They have been invited to perform these pieces on the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2011 at California State, Northridge and at the New Frontiers Music Festival.

Dr. Zelnick graduated from Rice University with a bachelor's degree in clarinet performance. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant and received an Artist Diploma at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Prague. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Zelnick is sponsored by Buffet Crampon, the world's finest and oldest clarinet manufacturer.

These events are sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc; the Law Offices of Smithyman & Zakoura, Chartered, Overland Park, KS; and the Zakoura Family Foundation.

For more information about these events, please contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.

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