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Clarinetist Matthias Müller demonstrates "Sabre," his much talked about electronically enhanced bass clarinet and performs with bassoon virtuoso Martin Kuuskmann in this masterclass.
Matthias Müller received broad musical training at the Conservatoire in Basel where his most important teachers were Hans Rudolf Stalder and Jürg Wyttenbach. Since 1996 Müller has lived in Zurich and is Professor for Clarinet at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He has gained a reputation as a versatile artist and is active as an interpreter, composer and teacher. The center of his creative approach remains the universal aspect of music itself, and he constantly attempts to integrate corollary aspects of other areas of artistic endeavor. Concerning the interpretation of the clarinet repertoire, he seeks to adopt an approach that unifies works envincing a similitude of styles. He has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, as well as a chamber musician in various formations. Müller is a former member of the Collegium Novum Zurich. As a composer he has followed a line of development that might be termed the “Aesthetics of the Second Modernism’ and attempts time and time again to follow through in an interdisciplinary way. Along with his works of music theatre and for orchestra, his oeuvre encompasses many pieces of chamber music and electronic music, too. He is presently Artistic Director of ‘ensemble zero’. Müller lives with his wife, the flautist Magda Schwerzmann and his three children on the Forch near Zurich.
Estonian born bassoon virtuoso, Martin Kuuskmann is a commanding force bent on redefining the bassoon as a top caliber solo instrument. His charismatic and entertaining performances throughout the world have earned him repute as one of the leading instrumentalists around and in 2007 he received a Grammy Nomination for his recording of David Chesky’s bassoon concerto. Kuuskmann’s ambitions to explore contemporary music have led to the premieres of eight new bassoon concerti to date written exclusively for him by leading composers of our time. A highly sought-after chamber musician, Kuuskmann is a founding member and solo bassoonist of the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, whom he has been a frequent soloist in Michael Daugherty’s virtuosic and madcap concerto, "Dead Elvis". Kuuskmann has appeared as a guest solo principal bassoonist with the Seoul Philharmonic and was the solo principal bassoonist of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2001. While living in New York City he appeared regularly as principal bassoon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the St. Luke’s, “Miss Saigon” on Broadway. He has appeared as soloist in the New York Philharmonic series, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, Riga Sinfonietta, Absolute Ensemble, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Norrlandsoperan in Sweden, among many others Kuuskmann received degrees at Manhattan School of Music and Yale University School of Music. His mentors include Stephen Maxym, Frank Morelli, Rufus Olivier, Vernon Read and Ilmar Aasmets. As a highly in demand teacher, Kuuskmann is a frequent guest with lectures and master classes in major conservatories and universities around the world. Kuuskmann conducts master classes and is the woodwind coach with the Baltic Youth Philharmonic at the Usedom Music Festival in Germany at the invitation of Kristjan Järvi. He is a former member of the New York Lyric Chamber Music Society, where he premiered numerous solo chamber works and conducted educational projects. Kuuskmann is a faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Performance Program in New York City and is the director of the Fusion Program at the Blaine Jazz Festival for Teens in Washington State. Martin Kuuskmann makes his home in the Seattle area with his wife and their three children.