Dr. Esther Lamneck, Director of Woodwinds

Telephone: 212 998 5424 Email: el2@nyu.edu

Esther Lamneck, clarinetist, winner of the prestigious Pro Musicus Award, has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, and with renowned artists including Isaac Stern. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe in featured appearances at the world's leading music festivals in Spoleto and Siena, Paris, Salzburg, Mexico City and Newport. Ms. Lamneck is a well known chamber musician and has toured internationally with such groups as the Virtuosi Wind Quintet, the New American Trio, Saturn and the Contrasts Trio. Ms. Lamneck maintains an active career as clarinet soloist and has given recent solo concerts in Boston's Jordan Hall, the Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian, New York City's Gould Hall, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Villa Medici in Rome, the Bing Theater in Los Angeles and the Opera Comique in Paris.

Awarded the Naumburg Scholarship, Ms. Lamneck received her Doctorate from the Juilliard School. She is currently conductor of the NYU New Music Ensemble, director of the New Music Performance Program and director of Instrumental Studies. Ms. Lamneck has also served as director of the NYU International Music Festival and NYU Graduate Music Program in Italy. A versatile performer and an advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Lamneck is dedicated to expanding the traditional boundaries of music to create new art forms based on elements of jazz, folk and contemporary music idioms. She is one of the few performers who plays the Hungarian Tarogata, a single reed woodwind instrument with a hauntingly beautiful sound. New compositions written for the instrument explore all the facets of new music performance from improvisation, electronics and interactive computer programs to works which suggest the influence of Slavic and Hungarian folk music.