Rié Suzuki, Clarinet 

Rié Suzuki, Clarinet

Clarinetist Rié Suzuki made her Tokyo debut as a winner of the prestigious Japanese Clarinet Society Debut Recital Series while still a conservatory student at Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. A native of Japan, Ms. Suzuki has since appearedas a soloist and recitalist as well as a collaborative artist and an orchestral musician throughout Japan, the United States, Europe, and Central America.

Currently a member of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Suzuki also serves as principal clarinet of the Princeton Festival Opera Orchestra and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Moreover, she is a frequent guest clarinetist with several orchestras, such as the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philly Pops, Opera Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Suzuki is a founding member of the Eastwinds Quintet, the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, and Tripod Trio. Her recent solo appearances, collaborations, and tours include a concerto performance with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; a recital series with the Poulenc Trio in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.; a concert tour of Central America sponsored by the U.S. Embassy with Liberty Winds; and a United States national tour of “Star Wars in Concert” under the baton of Dirk Brossé. She has performed at several notable music festivals, including Aspen, Sarasota, AIMS (Graz, Austria), Apple Hill, Princeton, Kusatsu (Japan), Northern Lights, among others.

Ms. Suzuki’s live performances on broadcast include: WQXR in New York (McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase); WRTI in Philadelphia; podcasts from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and an appearance on Nicaraguan National TV. Her performances led to her recording on the Capstone Records label with Soprano, Phyllis Bryn-Julson; New World Records label with the Philadelphia Virtuosi; the Centaur Records label with the Tripod Trio; the Naxos Records label with the Philadelphia Philharmonia under JoAnn Falletta; and DVD on the Warner Brothers label with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Rié Suzuki holds both a doctorate and graduate performance degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where she was awarded the Orchestral Fellowship, and was a two-time recipient of the Peabody Career Grant. Her principal teachers include Loren Kitt, Robert Coleman, Yuji Murai, Tadao Funahashi, and Samuel Sanders. She is presently on the clarinet faculty at Rowan University; Rowan Music Preparatory Division; Temple University Department of Music Preparatory Division; and during the summer, at the Rowan University Summer Music Camp. For more information and a performance schedule, visit www.riesuzuki.com.

Ms. Suzuki has been a member of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia since 1998.

Suzuki’s Classical Jukebox Artist Feature

1. How long have you been playing for the Chamber Orchestra?
19 years total, including 2 years before becoming a member.

2. Who/what gave you the passion to pursue it as a career? Why? How?
It was my mother who initiated my musical training with piano lessons at age 5; my sister who shared her joy of playing the clarinet at junior high school; my mentors who guided me through my conservatory years; my colleagues at the Chamber Orchestra who kept inspiring me; and my family who has been unconditionally supportive of my musical aspirations.

3. Why did you choose to play Brahms Trio Op. 114 for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano?
Naturally, this is a dedication to Jimmy Holesovsky, who was a committed member and cellist of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia since the inception of the group. Although Jimmy is not physically here with us, his musical spirit will be here with us tonight through his cello, played by Glenn Fishbach, Acting Principal Cello of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, who currently owns Jimmy’s cello. The Brahms Clarinet Trio is one of the most beautiful chamber music pieces ever written for the clarinet, cello, and piano; it is an honor for me to perform with Glenn and Debra for this special occasion tonight.

4. Do you have a funny stage story?
While a student in Japan, I played a new composition of a quartet for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano at the conservatory’s composition department recital. Each of the performers was provided with a gigantic score that required two music stands and a page-turner. It was almost the end of the piece, I had a long cadenza over the last two pages, but my page-turner, a violinist, was daydreaming and missed my cue. I kept nodding but he still did not move, I was forced to improvise the entire last page, and finally he turned the page in time for the very last bar.