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.
The Why Not is a chamber-jazz quartet featuring piano, clarinet, upright bass, and hand percussion. These instruments bring listeners into unexpected sonic landscapes mixing rhythms from diverse cultures. Pianist Bert Seager is on the jazz faculty at the New England Conservatory and was a three-time recipient of the prestigious MacDowell Colony fellowship. His compositions are filled with “effervescent optimism” (Cadence Magazine). 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.
Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Clarinet
String Quartet in B Flat Major, K. 589 “Prussian” (1790)
String Quartet in F Major, K. 590 “Prussian” (1790)
Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 (1789)