Ramón Wodkowski – Mouthpiece Craftsman Visit
November 10th, 2017 by Tori Okwabi
We are excited to announce that Ramón Wodkowski will be in Minnesota November 13-16, 2017. He will be visiting the clarinet studios at the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College on Monday, Nov. 13 to give a lecture about his unique craft. On Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 16 Ramón will be in the Recital Hall at Midwest Musical Imports from 9am-5pm.
Please email Tori at Tori@mmimports.com or call the store at 612-331-4717 to schedule a 30 minute to 1 hour appointment with Ramón. He will have his line of customizable mouthpieces available and will also be able to reface your current mouthpiece. Time slots may fill up fast so don’t wait to make an appointment!
Ramón Wodkowski is the leading clarinet mouthpiece craftsman of his generation, having garnered international acclaim from many of the world’s leading soloists, orchestral musicians and teachers.
A native of Michigan, Ramón graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy before earning his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music. Ramón became interested in mouthpiece design whilst at Yale, and pursued studies in mouthpiece crafting with James Kanter and Everett Matson.
Ramón’s interest in the British clarinet tradition led him to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he gained an Artist Diploma, won the prestigious Frederick Thurston prize, and was subsequently awarded the 2005-06 David Bowerman Junior Fellowship.
A professional clarinetist himself, Ramón understands what players need from a mouthpiece, and his in-depth knowledge and experience with both the American and European clarinet traditions provides him the versatility to customize each mouthpiece to suit its owner’s individual playing style.
To learn more about Ramón please visit his website at www.ramonwodkowski.com
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