Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
Jorge Montilla, clarinet
Courtney Miller, oboe
Ben Coelho, bassoon
Rose Sperrazza, clarinet
Ricardo Castaneda, oboe
Karl Rzasa, bassoon
Jorge Montilla is internationally considered one of the best clarinetists in Latin-America and one of the world’s best Eb Clarinet players. He has an extensive repertoire including the major works for the clarinet and he has been appointed to premiere solo works by important composers such as Paul Desenne, Diana Arismendi, Roberto Cedeño Laya, Fidel Rodríguez, Mischa Zupko, Alfred Prinz, Ken Froelich, Alexandre Eisenberg, Víctor Varela, and Efrain Amaya. Former principal clarinet of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Montilla has appeared as soloist with the most important Venezuelan orchestras, the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, the Vale Veneto Festival Orchestra in Brazil, the Youth Orchestra of Peru, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Nuevo Mundo Festival Orchestra, the Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra and the Longy School of Music Conservatory orchestra.
Jorge Montilla represents Rossi Clarinets, Rico Reeds, Clarinetclassics, and Gao’s bells. His compositions and arrangements are published by Woodwindiana Editions, USA and Montilla Brothers Editions, USA.
Courtney Miller is the oboe professor at University of Iowa. She made her solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at age 17, and continues to be a devoted performer traveling throughout the United States and abroad as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Dr. Miller’s recently album Modern Fairy Tales released on Centaur Records is readily available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Fanfare Magazine hails Courtney Miller as “a performer of considerable skill, with an unfailingly lovely sound, abundant technical ability, and a special gift for turning notes into poetry.” In addition to her solo pursuits, she is a core member of the prestigious international chamber ensemble, Virtuoso Soloists of New York. Courtney Miller has a Bachelor of Music from Florida State University, a Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. Her teachers include John Ferrillo, John Mack, and Eric Ohlsson.
Benjamin Coelho, professor of bassoon, has been at the University of Iowa since 1998. He has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in several countries including the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Panama, Portugal, France, Romania, Australia, Canada and Czech Republic. Mr. Coelho has commissioned, performed and recorded many works by European, American and Latin American composers. His recordings include, "Bassoon Images from the Americas" (2003), released by Albany Records; "Bravura Bassoon" (2005), "Pas de Trois" (2006) released by Crystal Records; "Explorations" (2007), "Dreaming in Colours" (2011) and "Agnus Dei" (2012), all released by MSR Classics. The specialized media has continuously praised his recordings: "... Ben has such a gorgeous sound, such impeccable technique, and such sensitive musicality, that it is a real pleasure to recommend this album very strongly to all of you!" (Ronald Klimko, IDRS Journal); "Coelho's program is an international affair that shows the range of colors and character that the bassoon can explore in tandem with string colleagues. His playing is unfailingly sonorous, expressive and alert, and he champions the pieces on this recording as if he believed in them without reservation." (Donald Rosenberg, The Gramophone).