Meet the Clarinetists

Sean Osborn

Winner of the 2017-18 American Prize in Instrumental Performance, Sean Osborn has traveled the world as soloist and chamber musician, and during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times dubbed him “ excellent clarinetist,” the Boston Globe called him “...a miracle,” and Gramophone “...a master.”

Making his recital debut at the Kennedy Center at the age of 17, Sean has over forty concertos in his repertoire, and has recorded hundreds of movie soundtracks and dozens of CDs for London, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Albany, and others. An active chamber musician, Sean founded Kokopelli and Quake, and performed with James Levine, Jeremy Denk, Adam Neiman, Anne-Marie McDermott, Donald Weilerstein, James Ehnes, Scott Yoo, Richard O'Neill, Milan Turkovic, Richard Stoltzman, members of the Tokyo, Colorado, Avalon, Calder, Rimsky-Korsakov, and St. Lawrence Quartets, as well as principal musicians from every major North American Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few. His many festival performances include Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Aspen, Zagreb Bienalle, Pacific Rims, and Colorado. Grants include those from the NEA and the Aaron Copland Fund, and his essays have been published in numerous journals and newsletters.

A new music specialist, Sean has premiered works by Philip Glass, John Adams, John Corigliano, Chen Yi, and Jennifer Higdon to name a few. He is also an award-winning composer whose works have been played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. As an educator, he has presented over 100 master classes around the world, developed many multi-media educational video series, and served on the faculty of the University of Washington and the Cornish College of the Arts.

Jorge Montilla

Jorge Montilla (b. 1970) Considered one of the finest clarinetists in Latin-America and one of the world’s best Eb clarinet players. He is also well known as a composer and arranger for clarinet ensemble. Montilla holds a master’s degree and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. He has taught at Arizona State University and was chairman of the Clarinet Department at the Conservatory of Music Simón Bolívar and clarinet professor at the Latin American Academy of Venezuela. He currently serves as assistant clarinet professor at University of Iowa School of Music.

Montilla represents Rossi Clarinets, D’Addario Reeds, Clarinet classics, Gao’s accessories, and BG ligatures and keeps a hectic international career as a soloist.

Lee Livengood

Lee Livengood is currently clarinetist and bass clarinetist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra and a Past-President of the International Clarinet Association. This year he is also Associate Faculty in Clarinet at Utah State University. He performs regularly on the Intermezzo, Nova, and Park City Beethoven Chamber Music Series, and at the Grand Teton Music Festival. His teachers include Stanley Hasty, Mitchell Lurie, Michael Webster, and George Silfies. He has been a member of the Savannah Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Livengood is well known as a mouthpiece maker and refacer, with clients around the world. When not performing in the Utah Symphony or making clarinet mouthpieces, Lee enjoys time outdoors with his family and friends, roasting and drinking great coffee, and playing the electric bass.

Jeffrey O’Flynn

Clarinetist Jeffrey O’Flynn enjoys an international reputation as a performer and teacher. Currently based in Utah (USA), he serves as assistant professor of clarinet and woodwind area head at Utah Valley University.

Dr. O’Flynn performed as principal clarinet of the Queen City Opera and has appeared with the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Cincinnati Symph​ony, Cincinnati Opera, the Wichita Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony, among other ensembles.

Katie Porter

Katie Porter is clarinetist and curator specializing in experimental music. Passionate about fostering musical communities, she co-founded Listen/Space in Brooklyn, the Listen/Space Commissions in the mountains of Utah, and the biennial VU Symposium for experimental, electronic and improvised music. One half of the clarinet and percussion/electronics duo, Red Desert, Katie lives in Park City, Utah and teaches at Westminster College.

John Warren

John Warren currently serves as Professor Professor of Clarinet at Kennesaw State University and performs as clarinetist/bass clarinetist with the Atlanta Opera. A graduate of the Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, he was previously principal clarinetist of the Savannah Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Professor Warren is a Yamaha and D’Addario Performing Artist and an endorsing artist for Legere Reed.

Karina Glasinovic

Chilean pianist and composer Karina Glasinovic has established herself as a musician of broad interests and passions in the field of music making. In addition to a successful performing career in the areas of solo, chamber music and collaboration, she has also written a significant amount of piano solo, song cycles and chamber works thus developing a growing reputation as a composer.

She studied at the University of Chile, Mannes School of Music and at the EAMA- European American Alliance- in Paris. Her most recent awards include the ‘Altazor’ and the ‘Academia de Bellas Artes’, both in Chile; José Victoria from Spain, Honor Award for her Three Preludes for piano solo in Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, France and the Margot Loyola prize in Chile for her piano pieces honoring Chilean songwriter Violeta Parra in 2018.

She has performed in reputable concert halls such as Carnegie Hall-92 Y, Kennedy Center, Cite des Arts, Mozarteum, Salle Cortot, Salle Martinu, Radio Budapest, Sala Verdi, and Teatro Colon, among others.

After 15 years of residing in New York City, she moved back to Santiago, Chile where she enjoyed an intense schedule of performances and teaching chamber music at the University de Chile. She is a member of Duo Mistral with Paulina Zamora, for piano four hands and two pianos. In the last 5 years, they have toured and premiered pieces in Chile, Peru, Colombia, China, and the United States. She is also the co-Director of Duo Mistral Concert Season. In 2015, she wrote Fantasía Barroca, a piano concerto with strings orchestra, dedicated and performed by Paulina Zamora and the Orchestra of University of Los Andes.

She toured Asia and Europe in 2015 with the Ensemble Bartok, a Chilean contemporary music ensemble, with whom she played her piano trio Arrurrupata, which received an enthusiastic response from the audience. In addition, Karina received a commission from ALAPP-Latin-American Piano Teachers Association- to write a collection of piano pieces for children named Mistralitas which received great acclaim from teachers, students, and the general audience. In 2016 she toured the United States with concerts and master classes and was invited to Colombia and Korea as well. In 2017 Karina opened with a solo recital the 49th Semanas Musicales de Frutillar, Chile, at the beautiful Teatro del Lago concert hall. She wrote a series of piano pieces called Violetas honoring Chilean songwriter Violeta Parra. In February of 2018, she premiered with the Ensemble Bartok the Suite Volcanica where she combines melody, rhythms, Mapudungun language and harmonic south American indigenous heritage with unusual and experimental sounds using classical instruments and voice. She has been invited to Nevada University in the US and Universidade do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, and to China to give concerts and lectures featuring her own compositions with great success.

In June of 2018 Karina received the Iowa Performance Fellowship at the University of Iowa, where she is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Professor Rene Lecuona and was accepted as a composition student of Professor David Gompper. Currently, she is teaching piano in addition to collaborating with singers at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport.

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