Marshall Miles Interviews Oskar Espina Ruiz, Music Mountain Weekend of August 25 & 26

Oskar Espina Ruiz has performed at major concert halls and festivals to high critical acclaim, including concerto performances at the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recitals in New York City, Washington DC, Moscow, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

During the 2017-2018 season he is appearing in concert in Australia, China and the US, is getting back to the recording studio to record works by Arriaga and Isasi, and will work on a new clarinet concerto dedicated to him by composer Alfonso Fuentes, to be premiered in 2019.

Oskar Espina Ruiz has appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony (Russia), St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción (Paraguay) and Bilbao Symphony (Spain). His chamber music collaborations include the American, Shanghai, Cassatt, Escher and Daedalus string quartets, the Quintet of the Americas, pianists Victoria Schwartzman, Benjamin Hochman, Ursula Oppens and Anthony Newman, cellist David Geber (founder, American String Quartet) and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra artists.

He has recorded for the Bridge, Kobaltone and Prion labels, receiving high critical acclaim by fellow clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Charles Neidich for his solo recording “Julián Menéndez Rediscovered.” He has been described by the press as a “masterful soloist” and a “highly expressive” clarinetist.

He holds a DMA from Stony Brook University, where his major teachers were Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.

Currently he is artistic director of the Treetops Chamber Music Society, in Stamford, CT, and the Music Mountain Festival in Falls Village, CT. From 2009 to 2011 he was on the clarinet faculty at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, in San Juan, PR, and since 2011 is clarinet artist faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston-Salem, NC, while keeping a busy concert schedule.


“Painting Music” at the Mountain

August 25 @ 11:30 am

Cassatt String Quartet
Vincent Inconiglios, Artist
11:30 AM: Outdoors Family Event “Painting Music” at the Mountain, on the Music Mountain lawn
12:30 PM: Picnic
1 PM: Cassatt String Quartet World-Premieres Concert with Real-Time Painting by Vincent Inconiglios, at Gordon Hall
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Amina Figarova Quintet

August 25 @ 6:30 pm

Pianist Amina Figarova has been presented at Newport Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, and halls in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam and New York. Her original compositions draw from a rich background, which includes her native Azerbaijan, and jazz collaborations in Holland and the US. CONCERT & DINNER PACKAGE available, including 5 PM dinner at the Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County landmark—Classic American comfort fare, seasonal—and 6:30 PM Twilight Concert at Music Mountain. The Concert & Dinner Package must be purchased by 3 PM on Friday prior to concert.
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Cassatt String Quartet

August 26 @ 3:00 pm

Paul Katz, Cello
Borodin: String Quartet #2 in D Major (1881)
Shostakovich: String Quartet #8, Op. 110 (1960)
Schubert: Cello Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956 (1828)
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