Carl Topilow is renowned worldwide for his versatility, whether he is holding a conductor's baton or his trademark red clarinet. He is a multi-talented virtuoso who is equally at home in classical and popular music both as conductor and instrumentalist. Carl's pops performances blend the music of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as popular music, light classics and jazz, often finding an occasion to include a number on his array of brightly colored clarinets. His unique approach to pops programming includes extensive audience involvement and true showmanship.
October 6, 2019 — Colin Davin, classical guitar
“Achingly beautiful, filled with details often missed” -American Record Guide
Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide), and for his “precision, musical intelligence and passion” (Cleveland Classical), guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic young artists. Davin appeared as a featured musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside legendary soprano Jessye Norman. He has performed across the world, including at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
November 3, 2019 — The Omni Quartet with special guest, Frank Rosenwein, oboe
“A model of perfection, teeming with flawless intonation, impeccable ensemble and interpretive taste and intelligence.” -Guytano Parks, clevelandclassical
The Omni Quartet, comprised of Amy Lee and Alicia Koelz, violins, Joanna Zakany, viola, and Tanya Ell, cello, are all members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Formed in 2009, they have toured the world's greatest venues as members of the orchestra, including Carnegie Hall, the Edinburgh Festival, Vienna's Musikverein, The Kennedy Center, and the Salzburg Festival. Each member of the group brings a seasoned career to the mix, striving to give concert goers a more personal experience of what individual musicians in the Cleveland Orchestra are all about: getting to the heart of the music and communicating it to the listener with a legacy of precision that has been handed down for generations. Frank Rosenwein joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal oboe at the beginning of the 2005-06 season. An avid chamber musician, Rosenwein is a regular presence at the Marlboro Festival and has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Seattle Chamber Music Society
February 9, 2020 — Isabelle Durrenberger, violin, Featured Young Artist
“I was impressed by her stage presence and poise.” -Ken Matsuda, Chicago Symphony
Isabelle Durrenberger is an extraordinary young talent and rising star in the classical music world, recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Jaime Laredo, Jinjoo Cho, and Joan Kwan. Recipient of the prestigious 2017 Payne Fund Prize funded by the Bolton family, Isabelle delivers sparkling performances throughout the country, and appeared at Carnegie Hall. She was soloist with several orchestras including the Columbus Symphony, New Albany Symphony, the Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Asheville Symphony. She was featured on NPR’s popular program From the Top, and now studies at the New England Conservatory. Please join us as we welcome her back to Ohio as our Featured Young Artist.
March 1, 2020 — Jack Sutte, trumpet Christine Fuoco, piano
“Impressive mastery… from the lyrical to the edgy” -Daniel Hathaway, clevelandclassical
Jack Sutte joined The Cleveland Orchestra as second trumpet in 1999. Prior to his Cleveland appointment, he was the principal trumpet in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. A graduate of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City, he studied with Frank Kaderabek, Raymond Mase, and Chris Gekker. Mr. Sutte has performed as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra with principal trumpet Michael Sachs, as well as with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. He made his international solo debut in Argentina in 1995.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 — Yaron Kohlberg, piano
“And when the music ends, if you’re not deeply moved by the depth of Kohlberg’s insight, you might want to check your pulse.” – NPR
Described as “the pianist with golden hands” by international media, Jerusalem-born and Israeli native Yaron Kohlberg is one of today’s top pianists. He has played in major halls in 40 countries spanning five continents and has won more than ten international prizes, including the second prize at the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition.