Clarinet playing since 1971

Dirk Altmann

I started playing the clarinet, when I was seven years old. Thanks to my revered teacher Helmut Pallushek, I was thirteen years old when I made my first experiences in the Hannover Opera Orchestra. After a sensational audition, at the age of eighteen I was given the chance to play principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmonic. For more than 30 years I have been lucky to be with fantastic colleagues in the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, it is a great privilege to be invited in many countries as a soloist, chamber musician or teacher.

Clarinet playing since 1971

Dirk Altmann

I started playing the clarinet, when I was seven years old. Thanks to my revered teacher Helmut Pallushek, I was thirteen years old when I made my first experiences in the Hanover Opera Orchestra. After a sensational audition, at the age of eighteen I was given the chance to play principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmonic. For more than 30 years I have been lucky to be with fantastic colleagues in the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, it is a great privilege to be invited in many countries as a soloist, chamber musician or teacher.

My new Album is released by TACET

Recording highlights

I know, there are tons of recordings of the everybody’s darling Mozart clarinet concerto! But! If you are serious and studious, you will find some new aspects. For example: If you play with a small, but agil ensemble, it is much easyer to show the gestures of the music, without forcing it. To play with a Basso continuo group – in our case with pianoforte – what was common in the times of Mozart, makes the recording more coulerfull and interesting. Masato Suzuki was a great partner and we had a lot of fun during the recording days. Thats why we chose to play some songs by Mozart adappted for clarinet and piano.
Andreas Spreer is one of the best recording masters I know. The TACET equipment, with his old Neumann tube microphones is incredible. The musicality feeling and incorruptible hearing of Andreas is legendary. It is again a great TACET production.
Many thanks to my beloved collegues from the Ludwig Chamber Players and the SWR Symphony Orchester. It was a pleasure! Not to mention the outstanding texts by Katharina Eickhoff and the wonderful booklet design by Toms Spogis.

I know, there are tons of recordings of the everybody’s darling Mozart clarinet concerto! But! If you are serious and studious, you will find some new aspects. For example: …

News

//2020

/january

26 -29/ My new arrangement from the Beethoven song “Adelaide” will premiered and recorded by Ilker Arcayürek, Tenor and the Ludwig Chamber Players.

/february

13.02. – 19.03/ Europe Tour | Grazy tour with our conductor Currentzis. One concert after the other is cancelled, because of Corona?!

/march – april

LOCKDOWNSHUTDOWNNOCONCERTSNOREEDSWATCHINGLOTOFSPLITTINGVIDEOSREDUCINGMYWINECELLARIHATEINTERNETRENOVATINGMYAPPARTMENTGREATIMAARTISAN

/may – june

12/ Playing some “Ständchen” (small concerts) for elderly people, nurses, children and disabled people brings me back to a musician. If you are interested in a repertoire for Oboe (Oboe d´amore) and clarinet? Discover our program, that I play with Philippe Tondre…

28 – 29/ Fighting back with an SWR Classic Web Concert of Mozart´s Gran Partita. Please whatch the recording with maestro Antonello Manacorda…

/july

01 – 02/ Thrilling recording with François-Xavier Roth with works by Edgar Varese. I played my 20 Years old and never overhauld SELMER E-flat clarinet?! You can whatch SWR Web Concert here…

Mahler songs for ensemble by M.UCKI

On my next Japan tour, we will premiere a new version of songs by Gustav Mahler. I did the arangments for the special Messiaen “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” Ensemble.

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911) | 22´
5 Songs for clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano arr. by M. UCKI

I. Oft denk´ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen! from “Kindertotenlieder”
II. Rheinlegendchen from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
III. Verlorne Müh’ from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
IV. Lob des hohen Verstands from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
V. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from “Rückert-Lieder”

Save the dates

//2020

/januar

12/ Stuttgart, Haigst Kirche| Mozart Q581 with Hegel Quartet

18 – 01/ Germany | Tour and CD recording with the Ludwig Chamber Players and Tenor Ilker Arcayürek #BTHVN2020

/february /march

13.02. – 19.03/ Europe Tour | SWR Symphony Orchester, Teodor Currentzis Mahler 1

/march /april /may

CORONA BLUES

/june

28 – 29/ Mozart “Gran Partita” SWR Symphonie Orchester conductet by Antonello Manacorda. Livestream

/july

01 – 02/ Edgar Varèse Octandre and Intégrales conducted by François-Xavier Roth. Livestream

/august

30/ Bauen Schweiz Serenades for winds by Mozart and Dvorák with Heinz Holliger and KlangArt-Ensemble Schweiz.

/september

05 – 12/ Sankt Georgen, Schwarzwald | Bergstadtsommer 2020 chambermusic, contemporary music and orchestra concerts.

07/ Morton Feldman Clarinet and Stringquartet @Bergstadtsommer

10/ BTHVN Special with STUTTGART WINDS @FurtwangenKlassik

12/ Final Concert of  @Bergstadtsommer

17 – 26/ Stuttgart, Freiburg, Wien, Hamburg, Luxembourg | Helmut Lachenmann “Zwei Gefühle” SWR Symphonieorchester Teodor Currentzis and Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

/october

08 – 11/ Poland Festival, Masterclasses, Lectures and Concerts

16 – 18/ Donaueschingen | Festival SWR

/november /december

21 – 06/ Japan | Concert Tour with Ludwig Chamber Players, Masterclasses

My next Japan tour

My next trip to Japan is coming. I’m really looking forward to making music with my LCP colleagues Kei Shirai and Gen Yokosaka. Together with Mako Okamoto we will perform the “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” by Olivier Messiaen. In addition to concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, there will also be a television production for the Japanese NHK Broadcasting in Nagano.
Other programs include the Clarinet Quintet by Johannes Brahms and a recital with piano.

Classes

Several times a year I teach in Japan. Dates, information and teaching materials can be found in this FB group. This group is for my students, to share music, fun and good expiriences.
In addition, I will share valuable content, for a better clarinet performance.

Next classes

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Not everything can be explained. Claude Debussy is on the program, exclusively, and at the beginning, Dirk Altmann, the princible clarinet of the Stuttgart-Radio Symphony Orchestra, plays the “Première Rapsodie” – so much to the actual. But as he does, that the music simply begins, imperceptibly, from nothing, as he breathes life into this dreamlike Kantilenen, remains his secret.

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