Pianist Neal Stulberg and Clarinetist Burt Hara
Pianist Neal Stulberg and clarinetist Burt Hara perform Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas, op. 120, nos. 1 and 2.
The Los Angeles Times calls American conductor and pianist Neal Stulberg “a shining example of podium authority and musical enlightenment.” In North America, Stulberg has led the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, National, New Jersey, New World, Pacific, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Utah, and Vancouver symphonies; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; among others. He is a recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, America’s most coveted conducting prize, and has served as assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Carlo Maria Giulini and music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Stulberg is also an acclaimed pianist, appearing regularly as a recitalist chamber musician and with major orchestras and at international festivals as pianist/conductor. His performances of Mozart concertos conducted from the keyboard are uniformly praised for their buoyant virtuosity and interpretive rigor. A native of Detroit, he is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Michigan, and the Juilliard School.
Clarinetist Burt Hara has served as principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest principal clarinet with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony. Hara is on the faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and the principal clarinet of the Aspen Chamber Symphony. An active chamber musician, Hara has performed at the Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, the Sante Fe Chamber Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Summerfest in La Jolla, Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, the Salt Bay Chamberfest in Maine, and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Festival in Wisconsin. He has performed regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Chamber music series. Hara is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Montanaro.
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