Esther Lamneck

Music Professor of Music and Music Education

Phone: 998 5424

Esther Lamneck, Clarinet and Tárogató

The New York Times calls Esther Lamneck “an astonishing virtuoso”. Winner of the prestigious Pro Musicis Award, she has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, and with renowned chamber music and improvised music artists throughout the world. A versatile performer and an advocate of contemporary music, she is known for her work with electronic media including interactive arts, movement, dance and improvisation.

Ms. Lamneck makes frequent solo appearances at music festivals worldwide and maintains an active solo career performing and presenting Master Classes in Universities and Conservatories throughout the United States and Europe. An artist who is sought after by the leading composers of our times, her collaborations have led to hundreds of new compositions in many genres including solo works for the clarinet and the tárogató.

Esther Lamneck is one of a few performers who plays the Hungarian Tárogató, a single reed woodwind instrument with a hauntingly beautiful sound. The instrument's aural tradition has led her to perform it almost exclusively in new music improvisation settings. She is recognized for her collaborative work with composers on both the clarinet and the tárogató in creating electronic music environments for improvisation.

Awarded the Naumburg Scholarship, Ms. Lamneck received her B.M., M.M. and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School of Music where she was a clarinet student of Stanley Drucker, other teachers have included Robert Listokin, and briefly Rudolf Jettel. She currently serves as Program Director of Woodwind Studies and the Clarinet Studio at New York University. She is artistic director of the NYU New Music and Dance Ensemble, an improvising flexible group which works in electronic settings using both fixed media and real time sound and video processing. Ms. Lamneck has worked together with choreographer Douglas Dunn for many years creating multimedia productions for Festivals in the US and Italy. Her work in the area of Interactive Technology includes research with the “Eyesweb” program which allows for gestural control of live sound and video processing and numerous programs within the NYU technology labs.

Ms. Lamneck is involved in many projects, several concerned with creating compositions for the flute and clarinet in diverse settings. Her latest CD with NYU faculty Trio, Phenomenon of Threes on INNOVA, makes a significant contribution to the repertoire and presents five new and recent works for flute. clarinet and piano. The Tornado Project, founded by composers Ricardo Climent and Paul Wilson both currently in the United Kingdom, has commissioned works for flute and clarinet for Esther Lamneck and Elizabeth McNutt in interactive real time computer music settings.

Collaborations with composers and performers include; Duo with Cort Lippe -real time processing for both clarinet and tárogató, free improvised music Duos with saxophonist Claudio Lugo, and guitarist Eugenio Sanna; an exploration of Sonic possibilities for the Hyperbass flute and the Tárogató with Roberto Fabbriciani and a Duo performance and recording project of works for clarinet and piano with Marilyn Nonken, Ms. Lamneck is involved in current collaborations with numerous composers creating new works for the clarinet and tárogató in electronic music settings. An internationally renowned recording artist she has recorded for Amirani Records, Capstone, Centaur, CRI, EMF, Music and Arts, Opus One, SEAMUS, Romeo/Qualiton, New World Records, and INNOVA.

WASHINGTON POST “Her recital paired the versatility of her instrument with a performance as unrestrained in imagination as it was astounding in technique.”

FANFARE “Esther Lamneck is an extraordinary clarinetist, with exacting control and warm, wonderful tone, from chalumeau to the highest register. She negotiates large skips, microtones, and multiphonics with the same casual ease, so that none of the difficulties (and there are many) of this music ever seem to affect the expressive intent of her playing. The recorded sound captures all of this…”

COMPUTER MUSIC JOURNAL “A virtuosic piece in every sense, for clarinet…. live and pre-recorded/processed sounds, presents Ms. Lamneck at her best: the consummate improviser, fast and furiously filling every electric moment with hundreds of notes. What a performer!”

ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN "An outstanding collection of new works for clarinet and electronics, featuring Lamneck's fiery interpretations and dynamic subtleties."

The Newest Music, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE "Nothing is more fun than discovering a new instrument. The new instrument here is actually hundreds of years old and is called a tárogató. Lamneck has clearly mastered the instrument. She performs every selection with a haunting, fullbodied, rich sound. The engineers did an excellent job. Let's hope she continues to commission and record works for the tárogató."