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Jonathan Gunn

University Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

Jonathan Gunn is a versatile artist with a varied career as educator, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. Currently, Mr. Gunn serves as the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin.

Appointed by Maestro Paavo Järvi to the position of Associate Principal and Eb Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2004, Mr. Gunn then served as Principal Clarinet from 2011 to 2016 before joining the faculty at the Butler School of Music. Prior to joining the Cincinnati Symphony, he was the Principal Clarinetist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and has performed as Guest Principal Clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions as well as playing with the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh and Colorado Symphony Orchestras.

Mr. Gunn has participated in numerous music festivals including Bard, Tanglewood, Aspen, St. Bart's, Telluride Jazz Celebration, and Ashlawn-Highland Opera Company and is the Principal Clarinetist of the Sunflower Music Festival. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and in August 2016, Mr. Gunn was featured at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto. As a chamber musician Jonathan is active around the United States, has performed as a member of Concert:Nova, and has played regularly on the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati.

Committed to the education of the next generation of clarinetists, Mr. Gunn gives masterclasses and recitals around the country, and has served on the faculties of the Buffet-Crampon Summer Academy, the Aria International Summer Academy and the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas, he served on the faculties of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Goshen College, Andrews University and Seton Hill University.

Born in Sheffield, England, Mr. Gunn started his musical career playing violin and piano and began studying the clarinet after moving to the United States at age eleven. He received a Bachelor of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Master of Music from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. Jonathan is married to Jennifer Gunn, who plays piccolo and flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Gunn is a D’Addario Artist and Musician Advisor, a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet-Crampon clarinets.

Source: University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
 

Julia Heinen

California State University, Northridge, Department of Music

Critics rave, “Julia Heinen is a sensation,” “Absolutely brilliant,” “Plays with intensity, conviction and impressive virtuosity.”

As a soloist, Julia Heinen has performed hundreds of recitals throughout the United States and had the distinct pleasure of premiering several works written specifically for her. In February of 2003, she performed a recital including several new works at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall culminating in a compact disc recording including several of these pieces released in the Fall of 2007 by Centaur Records. A recording of new chamber works for the Tapestry Ensemble: a quartet of oboe, clarinet, cello and piano released in October 2011 by PARMA.  A new recording “Latin Romance” featuring works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Eychenne and Guastavino for clarinet and piano with Dmitry Rachmanov was released in June 2013.

In addition to Dr. Heinen’s solo performances she is often heard as a chamber musician performing most notably with the Tapestry Ensemble, a quartet of oboe, clarinet, cello and piano and the TEMPO New Music Ensemble. She is also an accomplished ensemble player having served as principal clarinetist with the American Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble which tours the United States and Europe. As an orchestral player, she has served as principal clarinetist with the Augusta, Dubuque, Greenville, LaCrosse, Rochester and Valdosta Symphony Orchestras and was featured several times as a concerto soloist with those ensembles. In addition, her orchestral performances also include several concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra.

As an artist and clinician for the Buffet and Rico Corporations, Dr. Heinen does frequent clinics and masterclasses in many universities and colleges throughout the United States. Originally from Minnesota, she currently lives in Los Angeles, where she serves as professor of music at California State University, Northridge, teaching clarinet and coaching chamber music. She served as the artistic director of ClarinetFest® 2011 and continues her work with this organization as the state of California Chair of the International Clarinet Association. She holds a masters degree from the University of Michigan, an artist diploma from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers have included Herbert Blayman, Robert Marcellus and J. Cloyde Williams.

Julia Heinen is a Buffet Group USA and Rico Reeds Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Tosca clarinets and Reserve Classic reeds. 

Source: California State University, Northridge, Department of Music