Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 167 (1921)
1. I. Allegretto [4:34]
2. II. Allegro animato [2:00]
3. III. Lento [4:57]
4. IV. Molto allegro [5:07]
André Messager (1853-1929)
5. Solo de Concours (1899) [5:46]
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
6. Introduction et Rondo, Op. 72 (1898) [7:16]
Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
7. Andante et Allegro (1881) [8:21]
Henri Rabaud (1873-1949)
8. Solo de Concours, Op. 10 (1901) [5:23]
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
9. Première Rhapsodie (1910) [8:15]
Eugène Bozza (1905-1991)
10. Bucolique (1949) [6:58]
Louis Cahuzac (1880-1960)
11. Cantilène [4:52]
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. Cohler’s 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 with an extraordinarily wide repertoire, 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 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 Cohler’s expression of “the poetry that lesser artists miss.”
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, Campos do Jordao, 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. Recent concerto appearances include orchestras in Brazil, Taiwan, Boston and China.
In addition to his work as soloist, Jonathan Cohler is an active chamber musician, chamber music coach, adjudicator, and conductor. 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.
This season featured the release of two CDs, 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. They plan to release several additional CDs together in the coming seasons.
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 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, -Assistant Conductor of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of the New England Conservatory and Artistic Director of the International Woodwind Festival in Boston. For ten years, he was the Music Director of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and he formerly conducted both the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra 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 world renowned Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela.
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 a member of the clarinet, chamber music and conducting faculties of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, The Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Jonathan Cohler is a Vandoren, Rossi, and Gao artist.
For more information, see his web site at http://jonathancohler.com/.
Despite her young age, Rasa Vitkauskaite has already won top prizes at numerous prestigious international piano competitions including First Prizes at the Rubinstein Piano Competition (Paris), Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes (Belgium), the competition in Taurisano (Italy), and the Mendelssohn Cup (Italy). In 2007, Rasa won a Kathryn Wasserman Davis grant that supported her tour promoting peace in Israel. In her native country of Lithuania, Ms. Vitkauskaite won six national competitions between 1994 and 2002.
Born in 1986, Ms. Vitkauskaite studied at the National M. K. Ciurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania, from which she graduated with honors. In 2004, she won a scholarship to study at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy. She also studied chamber music with members of the Trio di Trieste at the International Chamber Music School. Upon graduating in 2006, she was awarded the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma with the highest marks.
Since 2006, she has been studying at The Boston Conservatory with Michael Lewin, where she won the H. Wilfred Churchill piano scholarship competition both in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, she received her Bachelor degree and began work on a Masters Degree.
Ms. Vitkauskaite has performed as soloist with the Kaunas, Latvian, Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestras and most recently with I Solisti di Perugia. She has played in many festivals around the world including ones in Kaunas (Lithuania), Moscow (Russia), Pyrénées (France), and the Music Fest Perugia (Italy), and she has given concerts in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, United Kingdom and the United States.
Ms. Vitkauskaite is also very active as a chamber musician having performed with violinist Yuliya Haurliuk (Belarus) and cellist Sebastian Plano (Argentina). This season marked the release of her debut CD with clarinetist Jonathan Cohler on Rhapsodie Française (Ongaku 024-121). The duo plans to release several more recordings on Ongaku in the coming seasons.