Clarinet playing since 1971

Dirk Altmann

is a german musician. He has been solo clarinettist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart for more than 30 years. In addition to his orchestral work, he is active in several chamber music ensembles. He is a founding member of the Ludwig Chamber Players and the Stuttgart Winds. For these ensembles he also makes numerous arrangements, like the adaption of Sergei Prokofiev´s Visions fugitives, nominated for the international classic music award (icma). For several years he has worked together with the Japanese woodwind manufacturer JOSEF, Okinawa.

 

Clarinet playing since 1971

Dirk Altmann

is a german musician. He has been solo clarinettist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart for more than 30 years. In addition to his orchestral work,

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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!

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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”

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.

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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.

Contact

Feel free to contact me!

Japan Management

CREOMU Co., Tokyo
Kumiko Hirose
k-hirose[at]creomu.com
www.creomu.com

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Clarinet playing since 1971

Dirk Altmann

is a german musician. He has been solo clarinettist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart for more than 30 years. In addition to his orchestral work, he is active in several chamber music ensembles. He is a founding member of the Ludwig Chamber Players and the Stuttgart Winds. For these ensembles he also makes numerous arrangements, like the adaption of Sergei Prokofiev´s Visions fugitives, nominated for the international classic music award (icma). For several years he has worked together with the Japanese woodwind manufacturer JOSEF, Okinawa.