Igor Begelman, clairnet
An active educator, Mr. Begelman teaches at Brooklyn and Swarthmore Colleges and has taught on various occasions at Yale, at Juilliard, and at the Manhattan School of Music. Additionally, he has taught master classes at such festivals as Caramoor and Bowdoin, and throughout the US.
Mr. Begelman was awarded top prizes at the First Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Denmark and the 53rd Geneva International Competition in Switzerland. In addition, he has earned top prizes at William C. Byrd Competition, Koussevitsky Competition, International Clarinet Society Competition, Heida Hermanns International Competition, Tilden Prize Competition and Crane New Music Competition among others. His honors also include the Special Prize at the 41st Munich International Competition and awards from the Altamura/Caruso Foundation and Salon de Virtuosi.
Raised in Kiev, Ukraine, Igor Begelman came to the United States in 1989. He received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor's degree from The Manhattan School of Music. His major teachers include Charles Neidich and Stanley Drucker.
Igor Begelman is affiliated with Astral Artistic Services' a Philadelphia nonprofit organization dedicated to guiding the careers of America's most exceptional musicians. He currently resides in New York.
"The young Russian-born clarinetist,... has reached a level of security in which the clarinet is his voice. Listeners were not aware of fingers, keys, reeds or breathing as he effortlessly searched the limits of the instrument's capacities. Its limit was only that of Begelman's imagination, and there was no sign of any boundaries in this program."
The Inquirer, Philadelphia
"Begelman captivated the audience, using a wide range of colors and textures to illustrate Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622. He eased with seamless elegance and agility through the faster movements and allowed listeners to linger in the magnificently pure atmosphere created in the delicate Adagio."
New Haven Register
"The piece (Weber, Concertino) demands virtuosic agility - a quality Begelman possesses in abundance - but also lets the soloist show off his instrument's melodic elegance. Begelman won the audience over with his expressive, lyrical performance."
Savannah Morning News, Georgia
"Igor Begelman made musical magic,...and enchanted the audience at the Parnassos with his displays of virtuosity."
Diario de Monterrey, Mexico
"A musician from head to toe, Igor Begelman brings to his audience amazing powers of communication, a pleasant stage manner and artistic charisma."
El Norte, Mexico
"In his playing everything is in the right place - great musicianship, beautiful sound, excellent technique..."
Tribune de Geneve, Switzerland
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
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