About

Yasmina Spiegelberg, whose playing “stands out for [her] lovely playing and sound” (All Is Yar), is one of the leading young clarinetists of her generation, particularly appreciated for her strong musicality.

Yasmina, born in Switzerland, has expanded her activities by performing internationally as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral musician, appearing in Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and USA. She has performed in some of the finest halls, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

She has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras such as the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Nomad Symphony Orchestra (France), the Orchestra of the Norwegian Academy of Music, the String Orchestra of Yverdon (Switzerland), the USC Thornton Edge Ensemble (USA) and the USC Symphony Orchestra (USA) and collaborated with conductors such as David Lockington, Jean-Philippe Navarre, Lior Shambadal, Etienne Siebens, Richard Egarr, Stefan Asbury and Franck Ollu.

She is also the First Prize winner of the Soloist European Competition, the Rotary International Competition Madrid Velázquez, the USC Thornton School of Music Concerto Competition (wind category) and the Frances Walton Seattle Competition. Furthermore, she was awarded a Golden Medal from the 4th Manhattan International Music Competition as well as a Second Prize winner from the North International Music Competition. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the Bruce Zalkind Memorial Music Award (USA) and the Mitchell Lurie Award (USA, twice), and of scholarships incl. the Dean Scholarship (USA), the USC Thornton Scholarship (USA) and the Ingar Dobloug Foundation full-ride Scholarship (Norway).

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Among the many solo turns, Eduardo Rios (Concertmaster) and Yasmina Spiegelberg (Principal Clarinet) stood out for their lovely phrasing and sound.

CK Dexter Haven

All Is Yar

Yasmina has been live broadcast as a soloist on KUSC (CA) and KING-FM (WA).
In 2015, she recorded in Switzerland a CD (Label RAPSODIA) featuring Johann Stamitz’ Clarinet Concerto and other works for clarinet and orchestra, with the String Ensemble Rapsodia, conducted by Michel Cardinaux.

Yasmina has appeared in festivals all over Europe and also in the United States where she is a Yellow Barn musician. She participated in the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA, Austria), the Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy (NJO), the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), the Young Artists Festival Bayreuth (Germany), Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie Bad Sobernheim, Crusell Week Festival and the International Clarinet Seminar. She was accepted as the only clarinetist at Yellow Barn 2018 (VT) and is a faculty member at the Young Artists Program of Yellow Barn, teaching clarinet and chamber music.

Very much appreciated as both a new music and a chamber music performer, Yasmina has premiered several pieces written especially for her ensembles by composers such as Pierre Thilloy (France) and Valentin Villard (Switzerland) and has received advice from some of the greatest musicians like Hatto Bayerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Michael Hasel (Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet), Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri String Quartet), Ferenc Rados, Anner Bijlsma, Ralph Kirshbaum and Kim Kashkashian. Her chamber music collaborations include Robert Thies (Gold Medalist, International Prokofiev Competition), Hila Plitmann (Grammy-Award Winner), Jean-Michel Fonteneau, John Myerscough, Lucy Shelton, Seth Knopp and Roger Tapping (Juilliard String Quartet).

Yasmina has a special interest in performing and recording works by female composers, including Louise Farrenc, Katia Tchemberdji, and Joan Tower.

She also actively promotes classical music through outreach to schools, senior homes, prisons and underserved communities. In September 2017, in the framework of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, she toured for a week as a soloist to give over 25 concerts and school performances in the Western part of Washington State.

Yasmina has also been collaborating with Thomas Guei, Virginie Robilliard, Guillaume Bidar, Pierre Thilloy and Barth Niava (Director of CAK – African Cultural Institute in Oslo, Norway) to promote African music, dance and culture, and also a cultural exchange between different communities and ethnicities.

Yasmina has also been playing klezmer music since she was a child, participating in a masterclass given by Giora Feidman at the age of eight, and years later performing with the musician and researcher in klezmer music François Lilienfeld, who also helped her with her research and Bachelor thesis on klezmer music (published and available in French on “Musique Klezmer & Co”).

She also loves performing Brazilian choros, introduced to her by Bart Fermie, one of the leading artists in jazz, Brazilian and Cuban percussions in The Netherlands, who taught her and who she later had the chance to perform with.

Born in a family of professional musicians, Yasmina started the piano at the age of three and later the clarinet at the age of seven. Yasmina studied privately with Aart Rozeboom, before completing a Bachelor of Arts at the Academy of Music of Lausanne (Switzerland) with Professor Frédéric Rapin, and then a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Netherlands) with Professor Harmen De Boer. She now holds a Master of Performance from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo with Professor Björn Nyman and graduated from a Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Southern California with Professor Yehuda Gilad. She is currently furthering the highly selective Artist Diploma Program with Prof. Gilad. Yasmina received musical advice from Michele Zukovsky, Kari Kriikku, Harri Mäki, Andreas Ottensamer, Martin Fröst, François Benda, Charles Neidich.

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Teaching

As well as a flourishing concert schedule, Yasmina has a thriving teaching career and is available for private functions and events.

With a teaching experience of about 15 years, Yasmina is very much appreciated as a pedagogue. She has taught privately and in music schools in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Norway and now in the USA. She is currently the clarinet teacher at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music.

She is also a faculty member at the well-renowned Young Artists Program of Yellow Barn Festival, teaching clarinet and chamber music.

As a former student of the performance coach Tiziana Pintus (The Netherlands), she is trained to improve positive thinking in students to help them reach their musical peeks.

Yasmina is currently accepting new students.

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Edward Isais

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