Josh Kovach, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Joshua Kovach

Joshua L. Kovach was born into a musical family in Philadelphia. His teachers have included Mordecai Appelbaum, Donald Montanaro, David Weber and Ronald Reuben. Mr. Kovach received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in clarinet performance with honors from Temple University in 1998 and 2000. He currently serves as Second Clarinet of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, and Second and Bass Clarinet with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. He was recently named Clarinet instructor at the Community College of Philadelphia and Montgomery County Community College where he also teaches Music Theory, Music Appreciation and the History of Modern American Music. He maintains an active teaching and performance schedule, having played with the Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Mr. Kovach has a strong interest in contemporary music and has premiered many new works in both orchestral playing, and as a member of Chamber Music Now.

He was twice invited to perform with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during their tours to Verbier, Switzerland. Mr. Kovach can be heard on recordings for the Vox, Albany, Centaur, innova, New Focus Recordings and Warner Home Video labels. He has performed under such conductors as Luis Biava, Sir Neville Mariner, Yuri Temirkanov and James Levine. He has performed chamber music with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra with which he has also played. He is a frequent recitalist, having played in New York, Rock Hall, the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Music Ballroom. Mr. Kovach was appointed to the position of Clarinet instructor at West Chester University from 2003-2005. He performs regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony, and served as a judge for the Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert M. Greenfield student competition. Mr. Kovach also enjoys performing as a member of Liberty Winds, a woodwind quintet that has travelled to Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Pascal Archer, Bb and Eb Clarinet

Pascal Archer

Canadian clarinetist Pascal Archer leads an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. He is currently Principal Clarinet of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. and often invited to perform in the orchestra's chamber music series. Highlights of the 2011-2012 season include chamber music performances with members of the NEPA Philharmonic and acclaimed pianist Jon Nakamatsu.

Preceding his residency in New York City, Mr. Archer was a full time member of the New World Symphony for four consecutive seasons where he performed under Michael Tilson Thomas. On several occasions Pascal was featured with the New World Symphony either as a soloist or for the NWS chamber music series in Miami, Boston and all over Europe.

Over the past few years, Pascal has been invited to many prestigious music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, the UBS Verbier Orchestra, Monadnock Music Festival, Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival, Pacific Music Festival. In August 2011, he will join members of the San Francisco Symphony at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

As an orchestral player Mr. Archer has had the opportunity to work with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Mstislav Rostropovitch, David Robertson and Marin Alsop.

Originally from Quebec, Canada, Pascal Archer was the First Prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition in both 1996 and 1997, and has performed on Canadian television and radio on several occasions.

Mr. Archer is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, the Hunter College (CUNY) and the New York Summer Music Festival.

Pascal is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatory, University of Montreal, Indiana University and Manhattan School of Music. His former teachers include Gilles Carpentier, Jean Laurendeau, Andre Moisan, Eli Eban and Mark Nuccio.

David Gould, Clarinet and Basset Horn

David Gould

"Performances are all fine; I particularly warm to the elegant clarinet-playing of David Gould." Philip Scott, Fanfare Magazine

"Fool's Errand packs a wealth of material into a three minute masterpiece, played with mercurial phrasing by clarinetist David Gould" Andrew Druckenbrod, Gramophone Magazine

"Mr. Gould's performance was virtuostic and memorable." Mark Greenfest, New Music Connoisseur

David Gould has been seen in concerto appearances, recitals and chamber music concerts in Belgium, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States.

Mr. Gould has appeared as a guest musician with the Orchestre National de France at the historic Theatre de Champs Elysees under the direction of Bernard Haitink. The performances were broadcast live on French and German radio and a recording will be released in the summer of 2006 on the Naive label. More recently he performed with the orchestra at L'eglise de la Madeleine under the direction of Krzysztof Penderecki in a performance of the composers' Seven Gates of Jerusalem. This concert was part of the Presences Festival in Paris highlighting Penderecki's music. During the 2009/2010 season he appeared in the Mahler festival under the baton of current music director Daniele Gatti. Possibly the only American to perform within this orchestra's clarinet section in Paris, this was his fourth series with the orchestra and he has played clarinet, e-flat clarinet, and bass clarinet with the ONF. The summer of 2006 brought David Gould to the International Clarinet Association's Annual ClarFest in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a featured soloist on the opening night Gala concert. During the summer of 2005 Mr. Gould completed a fifteen city tour of Japan and Taiwan sponsored by the Panasonic Corporation as co principal clarinet with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Gould, an active orchestral clarinetist, he has been principal clarinet with the Orchestre de la Cite, the Lautus Chamber Orchestra, the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Connecticut Grand Opera. He is principal clarinet of the Metro Chamber Orchestra. David Gould has performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, playing clarinet on one occasion and bass clarinet on another. He performs frequently with The New York City Ballet Orchestra, and at the Metropolitan Opera as a member of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Mr. Gould's versatility has enabled him to perform every position within the clarinet sections of these two prestigious orchestras (from principal through e-flat and bass clarinets as well as contrabass clarinet for ABT). He has been in performances with the New Jersey Symphony, the Philharmonic of New Jersey, and the Harrisburg Symphony. He has played under the batons of Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin and many others.

Another facet to Mr. Gould's versatility includes years of work as a theater musician on New York City's Broadway scene. First in 2002 with Baz Luhrmann's production of La Boheme, playing clarinet and bass clarinet. More recent appearances have been in the 2009 revival or Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and Disney's production of Mary Poppins. The later productions require use of e flat, b flat and bass clarinets. He has performed at the Park City International Music Festival and numerous Lincoln Center chamber music events. He has also appeared as chamber musician with Nancy Allen, Eugene Becker, Philippe Cuper, Denise Djokic, Philippe Djokic, Lydia Kavena, Matthew Sintchak, Mark Weiger, Carol Wincenc, the Glass Farm Ensemble, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, members of the Orchestre National de France, members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Polish Wind and String Players, the 54th Street Clarinet Quartet, the Paris Chamber Winds, the ensemble Sospeso, the Metropolitan Ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Having been appointed in September of 2005, Mr. Gould has become the newest member of the clarinet faculty at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. He has been a regular performer and teacher at the Wyoming Young Musicians festival. He was a clarinet instructor at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has given master classes, lectures, and recitals at numerous conservatories and universities including Augustana College, Augsburg College, The Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, The Colburn School, The Crane School of Music, The Eastman School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, The Colburn School, University of Florida in Gainesville, Lewis and Clark College, James Madison University, U Mass Amherst, Nazareth College, The New England Conservatory, North Eastern Illinois University, Towson University, University of North Texas, University of Portland, Westchester University, University of Washington, and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

2010 has marked Gould's ten-year anniversary as Artistic Advisor and Product Specialist for Vandoren in the United States. He has been working with them on product development since 1993. David makes regular visits to Vandoren in Paris and the Vandoren factory and cane fields in the south of France. He is currently Artist Relations manager and the director of the Vandoren Musician's Advisory Studio in New York City. During the spring of 2008 the Brooklyn based clarinetist premiered the quintet for clarinet and string quartet by David Bixler. Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music's Levenson recital hall was the place with the iO string quartet. April of 2007 brought the premiere of Sean Hickey's Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra at the Leonard Nemoy Thalia Theater Symphony Space. This was another of Mr. Gould's premieres including the New York City premiere of Richard Strauss' Romanza for clarinet and orchestra in 2006 and Francis Reeve's Sonatina for clarinet and piano at Columbia University in 2005.

Mr. Gould received his Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School as a Jerome L. Greene fellow while studying with Stanley Drucker and David Weber. Mr. Gould also participated in the Academie Internationale de Musique de Lozere with Jacques Lancelot. He continued his studies in Paris, France as one of only two musicians being awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship. He was then accepted into the class of Michel Arrignon at the Conservatoire Municipal de Paris 12eme. He completed his studies at the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles with Philippe Cuper. Upon graduation he received the unanimous first prize with the congratulations of the jury in Superieur studies and the unanimous first prize in Honor studies. Gould has recorded for Naxos, Mode Records, and Capstone Records. Mr. Gould is a Vandoren Performing Artist.

Nuno Antunes

Nuno Antunes

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Nuno Antunes began his music studies at the C.N.R. of Leiria, under the guidance of Jaime Carrico e Luis Gomes, where he was awarded the 1st Prize in the Leiria's C.N.R. Best Students Competition. Mr. Antunes continued his education at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (National Superior Orchestral Academy), obtaining his Bachelor of Music degree with high honors. Mr. Antunes just earned the Masters of Music diploma at Manhattan School of Music, in New York City where he studied with Mr. David Krakauer.

As a complement to his musical training, Mr. Antunes has participated in several master classes of such distinguished artists as Karl Leister, Walter Boykens, Guy Deplus, Paul Meyer, Alain Damiens, Hakan Rosengreen, and Robert Macdonald. He was recently invited to teach a master class at the E.P.A.B.I. in Portugal.

Mr. Antunes was a member of the clarinet faculty of E.P.A.B.I. (1999-2003), C.N.R. Leiria (2001-2002) and C.M.M. Lisbon (2000-2002). Presently he teaches clarinet at the Horace Mann School.

Mr. Antunes' appearance in competitions has resulted in several prizes, including the R.D.P. Young Musicians Prize, the Portuguese Young Clarinetist Competition, and the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition.

Having a recognized versatility in several different musical styles, Nuno Antunes has performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician and in various professional orchestras, both in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. He presented himself as a soloist with the Orquestra Academica Metropolitana, performing Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes for clarinet and orchestra. His desire to explore new fields and expand the clarinet repertoire has motivated Mr. Antunes to become a member of TACTUS, a contemporary music ensemble and to collaborate with several emerging composers. He participated in Clarmeetoporto-International Clarinet Meeting of Oporto, Portugal, and performed Darin Lewis' Concertino for Clarinet and Strings with the Orchestra Simpatico in NYC. Mr. Antunes is featured frequently at the Barge Music. He has also presented himself recently at the Trinity Church Concert Series and St. John's the Divine Sunday Recital Series, had his Blue Note debut with the Argentinean folk music group "Los Changos", and participated in the 2010 Winter Jazzfest NYC at Le Poisson Rouge. Mr. Antunes had his NYC debut as a soloist in 2007, performing the Mozart's Clarinet Concerto at Musica Bella Concert Series (NYC). He was also invited to give a recital at the XX International Clarinet Meeting (Lisbon, Portugal). Mr. Antunes is the assistant principal clarinetist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

Ensemble 54: Josh Kovach, Pascal Archer, David Gould, Nuno Antunes

Ensemble 54

Ensemble 54 is a dynamic ensemble made up of four of the east coast's most in demand professional clarinetists. Each has played with some of the world's great orchestras and brings years of experience in Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras. They also currently hold chairs in orchestras from the Richmond Symphony and Pennsylvania Ballet to the North Eastern Philharmonic. They have come together with a common interest in the wide variety of sounds and possibilities of a clarinet quartet. Ensemble54 has performed in New York and Philadelphia to very enthusiastic audiences. The group is available for full length concerts, Master Classes, coachings and collaborations with your clarinet, composition or dance faculty. Our name comes from 54th street in New York City. Although we all come from diverse backgrounds and some even live in different cities, 54th street is the one location we always had in common.

Ensemble 54 - Clarinet Quartet