YUMI ITO

Yumi-Ito-W

        INTERVIEW

YUMI ITO

We still have fresh memories of the 42nd International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade in the clarinet category and brilliant clarinet performance of twenty-six year old clarinetist Jumi Ito from Japan

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RL: At the beginning of our interview could you tell me, please, where do you come from?

- I was born in Japan, more precisely in the place called Nagano.

RL: At the 42nd International Jeunesses Musicales Competition held in Belgrade in the category of clarinet, you have won the deserved second- place award?

- Yes. Besides the second award, I have also received the award for best performance of the compulsory Bruno Brun’s composition Four Miniatures.

Bruno Brun: Four Miniatures. Jumi Ito – Clarinet, Antonela Grgin – Piano

RL: Are you satisfied with the awards and did you believe in your winning?

- Of course, I am delighted. I would not have competed if I did not believe.

RL: What are your impressions about the competition and your staying in Belgrade?

- It was really a nice competition. People here are so warm and nice. Everything has been well organized. I am so grateful to all who I have met in Belgrade.

RL: Have you already, apart from the awards at the afore mentioned competition, won any important award?

I won the “most excellent,” award from the Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education for the 11th Annual Kobe International Music Competition in Japan.

Claude Debussy: First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano. Jumi Ito – Clarinet, Antonela Grgin - Piano

RL: When did you start and how long have you been playing the clarinet?

- Next year it will be 10th  anniversary of my clarinet life.

RL: It would be interesting to find out more about your musical education.

- I got the Diploma of Musical Performers from Musashino Academia Musicae, I finished Master studies at Manhattan School of Music, and I have Performance Certificate from the Mannes School of Music in New York.

RL: What are the names of professors who you have mastered playing the clarinet with?

During the study my teachers were Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima, Masaharu Yamamoto and Takahiro Denda.

RL: Do you intend to continue studying?

- I will pursue an Artist’s Diploma at the Hartt School in the fall of 2012.

RL: I have been informed that you had delighted the audience around the world with your excellent performances, so tell me where did it all happen?

- Yes. I love to perform, it fulfills me. I am very active as a soloist on the clarinet and also as a chamber musician. I had a lot of concerts across North America, Asia and Europe.

RL: Which compositions and composers do you prefer to perform?

- All that is new is a big challenge for me. I intend to put some pieces for clarinet which you have composed on my repertoire. They are very nice and music is beautiful.

Dejan Despić: Nine Dances for Clarinet Solo (I. & II.), Op. 62. Jumi Ito – Clarinet, Antonela Grgin – Piano

RL: It will be a great pleasure for me to hear your masterful performance of my compositions.

RL: Now, tell me what brand of clarinet do you play?

I play on the clarinet Buffet RC (B-flat), and also have got Prestige (A) clarinet.

RL: The young clarinetist, readers of this website, will  certainly be interested in what brand and type of mouthpiece and reeds do you use to play on?

I play on the mouthpiece of a Vandoren B40 brand and I use reeds of a Vandren brand, silver box No. 3 ½.

RL: In the end, tell me will you come to Belgrade again?

- I wish I would come to this city soon for some concert or just visiting.

The author Radivoj Lazić and clarinetist Yumi Ito

RL: Then, see you again in Belgrade and until our new interview for the readers of this site, I wish you all the best and a very successful artistic career.

- Thanks and best regards to all the young clarinetist and visitors of this site.

STOJAN KRKULESKI

Winner of the
42nd International Jeunesses Musicales Competition
Belgrade / Clarinet

March 22 – April 1  2012

STOJAN KRKULESKI

Stojan Krkuleski was born on April 12, 1986 in Belgrade, Serbia. He received his basic musical education in the Mokranjac School of Music, Belgrade, class of Professor Aelksandar Nikolic. From 2005 – 2009 he studied at the Belgrade University Academy of Music, class of Professor Ante Grgin. He graduated on 22 December 2009. with highest honors. Since 2010 he has been attending master studies at Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, in Basel, Switzerland, class of Professor François Benda.


W. A. Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra A major K.622
1st Movement: Allegro. Stojan Krkuleski – clarinet & “Camerata Serbica”, Biljana Radovanović – conductor

He has won many prizes, the most significant being First prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Belgrade 2012, Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe in Zurich 2012, Marco Fiorindo in Torino 2010, Petar Konjovic Belgrade in 2008.

Stjan Krkuleski and jury member Milan Rericha, Professor

He attended master classes with renowned artists such as Paul Meyer, François Benda, Mate Bekavac and David Giffiths.  He has performed with youth orchestras – CEIYO, Bayreuth Junger Kunstler and others.


C. M. von Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Op 74, Mvt 1

Stojan Krkuleski
– clarinet

He has held numerous recitals in Belgrade and other cities throughout Serbia. He performed as soloist with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Serbica, The Belgrade Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Arte Chamber Orchestra  and Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the course of his studies at the Belgrade Academy of Music he worked  with the Serbian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Serbica Orchestra  and the Madlenianum Chamber Opera Orchestra.


C. M. von Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Op 74, Mvt 3

Stojan Krkuleski
– clarinet

Stojan is curently employed as a trainee with the Berner Symphonie Orchester in Bern, Switzerland.

In Basel he has worked with Professors Heinz Holigger, Felix Renggli, Thomas Herzog David LeClair and others.

In the course of his master studies in Basel he has taken an active part in concert performances in Switzerland, notably in the genres of chamber and contemporary music.


Claude Debussy: First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano

Stojan Krkuleski
– clarinet, Elina Gotsouliak – piano

42nd International
Jeunesses Musicales Competition
Belgrade / Clarinet

Sunday, April 1

AWARD CEREMONY

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First prize

PresentRZ clarinet

(Milan Rericha, clarinetist &
Roman Zlesak
, music-instrument builder
in collaboration with Oscar Adler & Co)

Krkuleski Stojan SRB

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Second prize

and

Award for the best performance
of the compulsory piece

(Bruno Brun – Four miniatures)

  

Ito Yumi JAP

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Third prize

and

Audience award

Punzi Giovanni ITA

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All finalists

Ito Yumi JAP, Punzi Giovanni ITA, Alonso Espasandin Emilio ESP,
Wang Long
CHIKrkuleski Stojan SRB and Samoran Mihailo SRB.

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Winners of the 42nd International
Jeunesses Musicales Competition
Belgrade / Clarinet

March 22 – April 1  2012

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First prize

    

Krkuleski Stojan SRB

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Second prize 

and Award for the best performance
of the compulsory piece

(Bruno Brun – Four miniatures)

         

Ito Yumi JAP

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Third prize

and Audience award

        

Punzi Giovanni ITA

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OPENING CEREMONY
42nd INTERNATIONAL JEUNESSES MUSICALES COMPETITION

Belgrade, March 22
Kolarac Foundation / Clarinet

Concert

Ante Grgin: Concertino for clarinet and orchestra


Soloist: Ante Grgin, clarinet
&
Camerata Serbica
Biljana Radovanović, conductor

Ante Grgin: Concertino for clarinet and orchestra
as an encore


Soloist: Ante Grgin, clarinet
&
Camerata Serbica
Biljana Radovanović, conductor