Clarinetist David Shifrin performs at Blair, Oct. 29

Guest Artist: David Shifrin, clarinet, with Yevgeny Yontov, piano

David Shifrin
Photo by Tomoji Hirakata

Wednesday, October 29
8 p.m., Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall

A dazzling evening of clarinet from a master of the instrument. The performance will include a duet with Blair clarinet professor Bil Jackson on a pyrotechnic piece by Amilcare Ponchielli. Clarinetist Shifrin is one of just two wind players to take the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize since its inception in 1974. A highly sought-after orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, he is a devoted supporter of modern composers, commissioning and championing works from such artists as John Adams, Joan Tower, Stephen Albert, Bruce Adolphe, Ezra Laderman, Lalo Schifrin, David Schiff, John Corigliano, Bright Sheng and Ellen Zwilich. Pianist Yontov was born in Ukraine and raised in Israel. He began his piano studies at age 6, and received his B.Mus. degree summa cum laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University. He is now pursuing his M.M. degree at the Yale School of Music with Boris Berman.

Presented with gratitude to an anonymous friend for generously supporting the Blair School