SYMBIOSISDUO Friends

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Adam Clark has performed to great acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy, and South Korea. His performances have been broadcast on WMUK in Michigan as well as MBC National Television in Korea. Of his playing, New York Concert Review Magazine wrote, “Clark brought out much beauty in Chopin’s soulfully embroidered melodies. He played with thoughtful expressiveness” and “achieved an excellent blend [with the orchestra].”

Clark’s competition honors include first prizes in the American Protégé International Piano Competition and the San Luis Obispo Symphony Concerto Competition, as well as awards of distinction in the Hellam Young Artists Piano Competition, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, and the Ibla Grand Prize Competition in Italy. He has appeared with orchestras including the Holland Symphony Orchestra, the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and has performed as a soloist in notable venues throughout the United States, including New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

An active chamber musician, Clark has worked with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Austin Symphony, and the Weimar Staatskapelle. In West Michigan he has been featured on the “Free at 3” recital series in Holland, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) recital series, and the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck summer concerts.

A dedicated teacher, Clark’s students have garnered much recognition for awards and performances over the years. He has given lectures and presentations throughout the United States and abroad on diverse topics ranging from technical and musical development to twentieth-century pedagogical repertoire and has been published in American Music Teacher Magazine, the College Music Society’s Symposium, and Piano Pedagogy Forum. He has given masterclasses in Brazil, South Korea, and throughout the United States, and serves frequently as a judge and adjudicator for notable events throughout the country.

Clark is Assistant Professor of Piano at Hope College where he teaches courses in applied piano, piano ensemble, keyboard skills, piano pedagogy, and accompanying. He is also Director of the Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition, Coordinator of the Hope College Keyboard Concerts Series, and Collegiate Chapter Chair for the Michigan Music Teachers Association.

Clark holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His Bachelors and Masters degrees were completed at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Texas at Austin. His former teachers include Dr. Charles Asche, Nancy Garrett, and Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff.

 

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Dr. Brian S. Mason, Associate Professor of Percussion at Morehead State University, is a highly respected innovator of the contemporary marching percussion ensemble. His career in the DCI activity spanned more than two decades, claiming numerous awards and honors with the Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, and the Santa Clara Vanguard. In high demand as a clinician, performer, and adjudicator, he has appeared throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, and his compositions have been performed around the world.

Currently, Brian coordinates the percussion studies program at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY and also directs the award-winning Marching Percussion Ensemble, featured on VicFirth.com in a web-based instructional video series Marching Percussion 101. Off-campus, he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors, is president of the KY Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, is a contract section player with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears as a guest artist with high school and university percussion ensembles across the US.

Brian received his D.M.A. and B.M. as a student of James B. Campbell at the University of Kentucky, and his M.M. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a student of Dr. Dean Gronemeier. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Committee, the P.A.S. Health and Wellness Committee, and the P.A.S. Marching Percussion Committee. Brian has published articles in Percussive Notes, has been interviewed in Modern Drummer and Band and Orchestra Magazine, and co-authored the 2000 Modern Drummer Readers Poll’s “No. 1 Drum Set Method Book,” The Commandments of R&B Drumming (Warner Brothers). Brian is a performing artist for Mapex Drums, and Majestic PercussionVic Firth sticks and malletsZildjian cymbalsEvans drumheads, Grover Pro Percussion, and Etymotic Hearing Protection, and his original works are published through Row-Loff Productions, Bachovich Music Publications, and Tap Space Publications.

 

Our Composer-Arranger Friends

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We are so grateful that we can establish symbiotic friendships with our very special composers and arrangers. These talented and creative individuals have contributed enormously to the success of our new release, SYMBIOSISDUO.

We would like to thank each of them by referring you, dear visitor, to their websites – so that you too might be able to experience their creative output like we have.

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Chris Sharp www.chrissharp.net
Joe Kreines www.kreines.com
Phillip Bimstein www.bimstein.com
T.O Sterrett www.yourbestaudition.com
Christopher Marshall www.vaiaata.com
Kim Archer www.kimberlyarcher.com
Brian Balmages www.brianbalmages.com
Gail RobertsonFranz CibulkaJim Self www.gailrobertson.comwww.artofcibulka.comwww.jimself.com