Bixby Kennedy

Clarinet, 2019 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards First Prize

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Admired for his “suppleness and beauty of tone” (Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald) Bixby Kennedy is one of the most versatile clarinetists of his generation.  He has performed concerti with the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Bloomington Sinfonietta, and Indiana University Symphony. As a chamber musician, Bixby has performed throughout the US and Europe in venues including  Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, Marlboro Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and Caramoor. He is the clarinetist for the “explosive” New York City based chamber ensemble Frisson. As an orchestral musician, Bixby currently holds titles as the Associate Principal Clarinetist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Albany Symphony, and is the Principal Clarinetist of Symphony in C. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is a former member of Ensemble Connect and works as a teaching artist throughout New York City. He loves traveling, trying new foods, laughing, hiking, and playing tennis.

The Musicians Club of New York's Concert Series: January 19, 2020, Victor Borge Hall, Scandinavia House, New York City. Presenting Bixby Kennedy, clarinet, and Mika Sasaki, piano, in the Winner's Concert of Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet. Mr. Kennedy is the First Prize Winner of the 2019 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards for woodwinds/brass. 

01:29 Per Brevig on the passing of Ada Kopetz-Korf, pianist, teacher and long-time Board Member 
02:40 Per Brevig introducing artists Songs without Words for Clarinet and Piano (world premiere) by Paul H. Kirby 
03:39 I. Playful (b. 1946) 
06:03 II. Lazy Afternoon 
08:16 III. Ragtime 
09:48 IV. Prayer 
11:29 V. Reflections 
14:38 Bixby Kennedy on Kirby, Stravinsky and Rowe pieces Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 
18:38 I. Sempre piano e molto tranquillo 
20:35 II. 1/8th note =168 
21:57 III. 1/8th note =160 Triptych (world premiere) by Will Rowe (b. 1992) 
23:18 I. dance-like, playful, capricious 
25:00 II. wavy, calm, fluid 
28:57 III. bouncy, rugged, rhapsodic Fantasiestücke, op. 73 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) 
31:43 I. Zart und mit Ausdruck 
35:16 II. Lebhaft, leicht 
38:54 III. Rasch und mit Feuer Three Preludes by George Gershwin (1898-1937), arr. Charles Neidich (b. 1953) 
44:02 I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso 
45:56 II. Andante con moto e poco rubato 
49:40 III. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso 
51:16 Bixby Kennedy on Bernstein Sonata for clarinet and piano by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) 
52:29 I. Grazioso 
56:46 II. Andantino – Vivace e leggiero 
1:04:08 Sonata for clarinet and piano by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) 
1:06:02 I. Allegro Tristamente 
1:11:56 II. Romanza 
1:17:05 III. Allegro con Fuoco 
1:21:12 Per Brevig chat with artists. 
Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.