1. Sonata for clarinet and piano: I. Grazioso
2. Sonata for clarinet and piano: II. Andantino - Vivace e leggiero
3. Hillandale Waltzes: Tempo di Valse. Con garbo (grace)
4. Hillandale Waltzes: I. Valse élégante
5. Hillandale Waltzes: II. Valse passionée
6. Hillandale Waltzes: III. Valse sombre
7. Hillandale Waltzes: IV. Valse volante
8. Hillandale Waltzes: V. Valse triste
9. Hillandale Waltzes: VI. Valse de bonne humeur
10. Hillandale Waltzes: VII. Valse brillante et joyeuse
11. Hillandale Waltzes: VIII. Valse oubliée
12. Time Pieces, Op. 43: I. Allegro risoluto
13. Time Pieces, Op. 43: II. Andante espressivo
14. Time Pieces, Op. 43: III. Allegro moderato
15. Time Pieces, Op. 43: IV. Andante molto - Allegro energico
17. Liquid Ebony: I. Call
18. Liquid Ebony: II. Prayer
19. Liquid Ebony: III. Dance of not pretending
20. Invitación al Danzón
21. Vals Venezolano
Jonathan Cohler is recognized throughout the world as “an absolute master of the clarinet” (International Clarinet Association’s Clarinet Magazine). Through his performances around the world and on record, he has thrilled an ever widening audience with his incredible musicianship and total technical command. His technical feats have been hailed as “superhuman” and Fanfare Magazine has placed him in the pantheon of legendary musicians: “one thinks of Dinu Lipatti.”
A highly acclaimed recording artist, his recordings have received numerous accolades and awards including nomination for the INDIE Award, the Outstanding Recording mark of the American Record Guide, BBC Music Magazine’s Best CDs of The Year selection, and top ratings from many magazines, radio stations, and record guides including Penguin Guide, BBC Music Magazine, and Listener Magazine, which wrote, “Cohler possesses such musical integrity and taste that everything he touches seems like the last word”. Gramophone lauded Mr. Cohler’s expression of “the poetry that lesser artists miss.” His recent recording of the Brahms and Beethoven trios with the Claremont Trio (Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio) was ranked the best by Fanfare Magazine, “I know of no finer recording of the Beethoven, and this one stands with the best classic versions of the Brahms.” His Rhapsodie Française was chosen for a Best of the Year award from the Buffalo/Toronto classical station 94.5 WNED alongside two CDs featuring legendary artists Pierre Fournier, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Leonid Kogan, and Emil Gilels.
Mr. Cohler’s maintains a busy international schedule with performances this season that take him around the Globe to Hungary, Spain, Italy, China, and Peru . In past seasons, he has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, China, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Cuba, and performed at many festivals including those of Tanglewood, Aspen, Domaine Forget (Canada), Campos do Jordao (Brazil), Xativa (Spain), Arezzo (Italy), Rockport, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard and the Hamptons. He has been a frequently invited performer at the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest and many other clarinet festivals around the world. He has been featured on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago.
In addition to his work as soloist, Jonathan Cohler is an active chamber musician, chamber music coach, adjudicator, conductor, and pedagogue. He collaborates frequently with many well-known musicians and ensembles including members of the Emerson String Quartet, the Muir String Quartet, the Claremont Trio, the Lark Quartet, the Moscow Conservatory Trio, the Amadeus Trio, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Wavehill Trio, Boris Berezovsky, Ilya Kaler, Andres Diaz, Charles Neidich, Randall Hodgkinson, Judith Gordon, Andrew Mark, Janice Weber and Rasa Vitkauskaite.
His most recent CDs include Romanza (Ongaku 024-123) and Rhapsodie Française (Ongaku 024-121), with multiple award winning Lithuanian pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite, and Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio (Ongaku -024-122) with the award winning piano trio Claremont Trio.
Jonathan Cohler is also one of the most sought after chamber music coaches in the country. Numerous groups that he has coached have won top prizes in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition of the Chamber Music Foundation of New England among others.
He has adjudicated numerous competitions in the United States and abroad including the International Clarinet Competition of the European Clarinet Association, Concours de Musique du Canada, the Young Artist Competition of the International Clarinet Association, the Russian-American Music Association Competition, and numerous others at festivals and conservatories around the world.
Jonathan Cohler is the Music Director of the Massachusetts Philharmonic Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the International Woodwind Festival. For twenty-two years, he was Assistant Conductor of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of the New England Conservatory. For ten years, he was the Music Director of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and he also served for several years as conductor with both the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Empire State Youth Symphony Orchestra in Albany, New York. He is also in demand as a guest conductor around the world with orchestras such as the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela.
Mr. Cohler is a world renowned teacher. His students hold positions in major orchestras all around the world, and have won top prizes at numerous international competitions including the Concours de Genève, the Young Artists Competition of the International Clarinet Association, the Audi Mozart Competition (Rovereto, Italy), and Jeunesses Musicales. They have received fellowships to festivals such as Tanglewood, Aspen, Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Verbier, Salzburg, and many others. Mr. Cohler is currently on the faculties of the Music Festival of Xativa (Spain), and has been guest faculty at Domaine Forget (Canada), Campos do Jordao (Brazil), and several others. Mr. Cohler teaches regularly as guest faculty at conservatories and universities around the world, and holds several honorary positions.
Jonathan Cohler’s clarinet teachers include legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Pasquale Cardillo, Harold Wright, Karl Leister, Charles Neidich and Frank Martin. He graduated with high honors in physics from Harvard University. He is Professor of Clarinet and Chamber music at the The Boston Conservatory in Boston.
Jonathan Cohler is a Vandoren, Rossi, and Gao artist. For more information, see his web site at http://jonathancohler.com/.
• clarinets: Rossi
• reeds: Vandoren V12 #3 1/2
• mouthpiece: Vandoren B4013
• bell & barrel: Gao
Winner of the Grand Prix at the Mendelssohn Cup Piano Competition in Italy, Rasa Vitkauskaite has won top prizes at numerous prestigious international piano competitions including First Prizes at Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes (Belgium), the competition in Taurisano (Italy), and the Rubinstein Piano Competition (Paris). In 2007, Rasa won a Kathryn Wasserman Davis $10,000 grant that supported her tour promoting peace in Israel. In her native country of Lithuania, Ms. Vitkauskaite has garnered the top prize at six national competitions. Recently, she was awarded the Westmont Fellowship at the Montecito International Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California.
2014 marked the release of her debut solo CD titled Reflections which was published by Ongaku Records and features works by Beethoven, Ravel, Guastavino and Liebermann.
Her most recent concert engagements include performances in China, South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and the United States. Ms. Vitkauskaite has performed as soloist with the Kaunas, Latvian, Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestras, I Solisti di Perugia and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. She has played at many festivals around the world including ones in Caracas (Venezuela), Taiyuan (China), Porto (Portugal), Kaunas (Lithuania), Moscow (Russia), Piano aux Pyrénées (France), and Music Fest Perugia (Italy).
Ms. Vitkauskaite is also very active as a chamber musician. She performs regularly with world-renowned clarinetist Jonathan Cohler. American Record Guide praised her "subtle musicianship and exceptional skill" on Rhapsodie Française (Ongaku 024-121), her 2008 debut CD with Mr. Cohler. Their second CD titled Romanza (Ongaku 024-123) features works by Schumann, Prokofiev and Guastavino. Recently, the duo released an all-American music CD American Tribute in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. The duo also performed a live recital on WGBH radio, and was recently featured on Radio Vaticana in Italy.
Ms. Vitkauskaite studied with Jūratė Karosaitė at the National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania, from which she graduated with honors. She then won a scholarship to study at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, where she studied with Alberto Miodini and took chamber music lessons with members of the Trio di Trieste at the International Chamber Music School. Upon graduating, she was awarded the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma with the highest marks in music.
Subsequently, she completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at The Boston Conservatory, where she was a student of Michael Lewin, and won the H. Wilfred Churchill piano scholarship competition both in 2007 and 2008. She also completed a Graduate Performance Diploma with Randall Hodgkinson.
In addition to her active peforming career, Ms. Vitkauskaite is a dedicated teacher with many students at the Concord Conservatory of Music, where she is a faculty member, and in her private studio. In 2013, she adjudicated the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Bay State Contest. In 2009, she won a $5000 Fellowes Athenaeum Fund grant and started a piano program for inner-city children in Boston.
Ms. Vitkauskaite also serves as the pianist of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.