Hartt School Concerto Competition Winners

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This week we head north to Connecticut to hear the recent winners of The Hartt School’s Concerto Competition, Egyptian pianist Mohamed Shams, and American clarinetist Diego Vasquez. These in-concert recordings were made at the Hartt School with maestro Edward Cumming conducting the Hartt Orchestra.

Vasquez studied with Charles Neidich at Mannes College here in New York, and is now working towards his doctorate at the Hartt School in Hartford. He plays Aaron Copland's clarinet concerto, which Copland composed at the request of another American clarinetist, Benny Goodman.

Shams graduated with distinction from the Cairo Conservatory in 2004, and has won prizes at the Brevard Music Festival Competition, the BMC concerto competition and the Scottish International Piano Competition. He even gave the Egyptian premiere of Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto in 2009. On this program he plays Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concert. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Shams makes his Carnegie Hall debut with a recital at Weill Hall.

Program playlist:
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
— Diego Vasquez, clarinet; Hartt Orchestra; Edward Cumming, conductor.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
— Mohammed Shams, piano; Hartt Orchestra; Edward Cumming, conductor.