Faculty Recital
Matthew M. Marsit, clarinet


The Williams College Department of Music presents clarinetist Matthew M. Marsit, in a faculty recital on Sunday, November 1 at 3 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Clarinetist Matthew M. Marsit offers a recital titled “Brahms’ Late Chamber Music for Clarinet” along with Emily Taubl, cello and Sally Pinkas, piano. The program includes Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No. 1 in F Minor, op. 120 (1894), Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No. 2 in Eb Major, op. 120 (1894), and the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A Minor, op. 114 (1891).

These works represent some of Brahms’ most mature compositions, very late in his life, after the point when Brahms had announced his retirement in 1890. Fortunately for all of us, in 1891 Brahms had the opportunity to hear the great German clarinet virtuoso of the 19th century Richard Mühlfeld, with whom Brahms would strike up a close friendship and for whom these works were written, drawing Brahms out of retirement to create these final chamber compositions completed in his lifetime. Each of the works was premiered with Brahms on piano and Richard Mühlfeld on clarinet.

About Matthew M. Marsit, clarinet
An active conductor and clarinetist, Matthew M. Marsit has led ensembles and performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the United States. Currently on the artistic staff of the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts at Dartmouth College as Director of Bands and as the Artist-in-Residence in Winds at Williams College, Matthew has previously held conducting positions with Boston’s Charles River Wind Ensemble, Cornell University, Drexel University, the Chestnut Hill Orchestra, the Bucks County Youth Ensembles, the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary and the Eastern US Music Camp. Serving at Ithaca College for the Fall 2015 academic term, Matthew is conducting the Wind Ensemble, plus teaching graduate courses in wind literature and heading the graduate wind conducting program.

As a clarinetist, Matthew has performed with many ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Fairmont Chamber Orchestra, Cornell University’s “Ensemble X” and has made solo appearances with the Keene State University Symphony Band, the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, the Handel Society at Dartmouth, the Cornell University Jazz Ensemble, the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, the Drexel University Symphony Orchestra and the Chestnut Hill Orchestra. Matthew has served as clarinet faculty at Plymouth State University and now maintains a small studio of private students in and around Hanover, NH.

A native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Matthew moved first to Philadelphia to complete his studies in music at Temple University, where he studied clarinet with Anthony Gigliotti and Ronald Reuben and conducting with Luis Biava and Arthur Chodoroff. Additionally, Matthew has studied conducting with some of the world’s most prominent instructors including Mark Davis Scatterday of the Eastman School of the Music, Timothy Reynish of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Matthew also holds a graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory.

About Sally Pinkas, piano
Following her London debut at Wigmore Hall, Israeli-born pianist Sally Pinkas has been heard as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the USA, Europe, Asia, Russia and Nigeria. Described by Gramophone Magazine as “…an artist who melds lucid textures with subtle expressive detailing, minus hints of bombast or mannerism…”, she has appeared with the Boston Pops, Aspen Philharmonia, Jupiter Symphony and the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra. Her summer credits include festivals at Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen, Monadnock, Apple Hill and Rockport, as well as Kfar Blum in Israel, Officina Scotese in Italy and Masters de Pontlevoy in France.

Pinkas’ solo discography includes works by Schumann, Debussy, Christian Wolff and George Rochberg for the MSR, Naxos, Mode and Centaur labels. Following her critically-acclaimed release of Fauré’s Nocturnes on Musica Omnia, she has recorded Fauré’s Barcarolles and his Piano Quartets (both for MSR). The Wall Street Journal noted her “exquisite performance” in her “superlatively well-played” recording of Harold Shapero’s Piano Music, recently released on the UK label Toccata Classics.

Praised for her radiant tone and driving energy, Pinkas commands a wide range of repertoire. With Evan Hirsch (The Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo) she has toured extensively, and has premiered and recorded works by George Rochberg, Daniel Pinkham, Peter Child, Kui Dong and Thomas Oboe Lee. With flutist Fenwick Smith she has recorded a 3-CD set featuring the music of Philippe Gaubert for the Naxos label. She is a member of Ensemble Schumann, an Oboe-Viola-Piano Trio, and of the Boston-based Trio Tremonti. Other recent collaborations include the Villiers Quartet in London, the Adaskin String Trio and the Apple Hill Quartet. In 2015-16 Ms. Pinkas will make her debut in the Philippines, presenting rarely-heard Filipino salon music.

Pinkas holds performance degrees from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Ph.D. in Composition from Brandeis University. Her principal teachers were Russell Sherman, George Sebok, Luise Vosgerchian and Genia Bar-Niv (piano), Sergiu Natra (composition), and Robert Koff (chamber music). Pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, she is Professor of Music at Dartmouth’s Music Department.

About Emily Taubl, cello
Cellist Emily Jane Taubl has attracted attention for her expressive playing and uncommon poise. She has been featured in The New York Times as a musician of great promise, and was called “an outstanding cellist with a bright future” by the Hartford Courant.

Having performed throughout the country, she has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hartford Symphony, Granite State Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, New England String Ensemble, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. In addition, she has been recognized as the top prizewinner in the Van Rooy Competition and the concerto competitions of the Boston Virtuosi, New England String Ensemble, and Juilliard pre-college division. In 2012, she was featured as a performer at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, as well as a soloist for The Colors of Claude Debussy: A 150th Birthday Celebration on Boston’s WGBH that was broadcast internationally. In 2013, Emily was selected to perform a solo cello work by Marc-Anthony Turnage as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Prelude Concert Series.

Emily now lives in Burlington, Vermont where she continues to teach, travel and perform around the country.