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Karl Leister
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The University of Florida Clarinet Studio proudly announces a visiting artist residency by renowned German clarinet virtuoso Karl Leister.  The residency will take place from March 6-10, 2005 on the campus of the University in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Leister will perform three concerts and present two masterclasses.

 On Sunday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m., Mr. Leister will perform the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, opus 115 with the Leipzig String Quartet in the University Auditorium.  Tickets will be required for this performance (ticket information below).  On Tuesday, March 8, Mr. Leister will present a solo recital at 6:00 p.m. in the University Auditorium.  The recital is free and open to the public and no tickets are required. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program will include works by Brahms and Schumann, and will also feature a Mendelssohn Concertpiece in collaboration with UF clarinet professor Mitchell Estrin.

The University of Florida is hosting the 2005 American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Conference.  The inaugural concert of the conference will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, located in the UF cultural complex.  Mr. Leister will be the featured soloist in a newly commissioned arrangement of the Weber Concertino, opus 26, for solo clarinet and wind ensemble.  Tickets will also be required for this performance.  Mr. Leister will address the ABA membership on the morning of March 10.

There will be two two-hour clarinet masterclasses held on Thursday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the University Auditorium.  These classes will feature performances by University of Florida clarinet students and include a question and answer session with the audience.  The classes are free and open to the public and no tickets will be required.

Ticket information for the Brahms Quintet with the Leipzig String Quartet is available by phone:
Phillips Center Box Office
352-392-ARTS (2787)
In Florida 1-800-905-ARTS (2787)

Or call:
TICKETMASTER 904-353-3309 or online at

Ticket information for the American Bandmasters Association Concert is available from the University of Florida Band Office:
352-392-0227 or email to



Clarinetist Karl Leister was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. His first lessons were with his father, who was a clarinetist with the RIAS Symphonic Orchestra. From 1953-1956 he studied at the Hochschule fr Musik in Berlin.  In 1957, at the age of 19, he was appointed solo clarinet of the Berlin Comic Opera.  In 1959, Maestro Herbert von Karajan appointed Leister principal clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic.  During his 35-year tenure in Berlin, he also performed regularly as an international soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the leading musicians and conductors of our time.  His solo and orchestral discographies are both extensive and comprehensive, and can be heard on the DGG, EMI, Philips, Teldec, Orfeo, Nimbus, and Sony labels.  Mr. Leister retired from the Berlin Philharmonic in 1993 to devote his time to solo performing around the world and teaching at the Royal Academy of Music London and the Hochschule fr Musik "Hanns Eisler".

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