Thursday, March 9, 2017 || 7:30 p.m.
Spanish Cultural Center
Music from Spain and South Florida
featuring Oskar Espina-Ruiz
Guest Spanish clarinetist Oskar Espina-Ruiz performs with NODUS works by composers from Spain and the South Florida – in collaboration with the Spanish Cultural Center.
Oskar Espina Ruiz has been described by the press as a “masterful soloist” and a “highly expressive” clarinetist. Over the past ten years Espina Ruiz has performed at major concert halls and festivals to high critical acclaim, including concerto performances at the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recitals in New York City, Washington DC, Moscow, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony (Russia), St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción (Paraguay) and Bilbao Symphony (Spain). His chamber music collaborations include the American, Shanghai, Cassatt, Escher and Daedalus quartets, the Quintet of the Americas, pianists Benjamin Hochman, Ursula Oppens and Anthony Newman, cellist David Geber (founder, American String Quartet) and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra artists. He has recorded for the Bridge, Kobaltone and Prion labels, receiving high critical acclaim by fellow clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Charles Neidich for his solo recording “Julián Menéndez Rediscovered.” He holds a DMA from Stony Brook University, where his major teachers were Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima. He is artistic director of the Treetops Chamber Music Society, in Stamford, CT, since 2006. From 2009 to 2011 he was on the clarinet faculty at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, in San Juan, PR, and since 2011 is clarinet artist faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston-Salem, NC, while keeping a busy concert schedule.