An avid performer of classic and contemporary repertoire, clarinetist COLLIN LEWIS is a candidate for the Advanced Performance Studies Certificate at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He has had solo, chamber, and orchestral performances broadcast on WQXR New York, WIPR San Juan’s Channel Six, and WPLN Nashville, beginning when he was sixteen years old. Lewis has also contributed to numerous professional recording projects, including the premiere recording of David Diamond’s Sixth Symphony with the IU Philharmonic Orchestra for NAXOS Records, the premiere recording of Robert Kyr’s Paradiso oratorio with the Notre Dame Vocale for Albany Records, and an album of French and French-inspired pieces with the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony for Klavier Records.
In 2017, Lewis was selected to perform as a member of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico on a two-week tour of Puerto Rico, including eight live performances, a television broadcast, and multiple educational outreach events. His festival highlights include the Sarasota Music Festival as well as the ARIA International Summer Academy and the Vanderbilt Music Academie in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he performed in masterclasses and studied solo clarinet and wind quintet repertoire with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Lewis holds degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and has studied with Eli Eban, Bil Jackson, Cassandra Lee, and Dr. Todd Waldecker. He is originally from Murfreesboro, TN.
Robert Kyr’s Paradiso - Albany Records (2019)
“Another choral album - this one an oratorio after Dante's Divine Comedy, written by Robert Kyr.…The final two movements are transcendent, led by baritone Fernando Araujo. The full ensemble plays with the choir, complete with the gentle patter of gongs and percussion. It is worth getting the album for this magical moment.…If you are a fan of baroque and classical oratorios, chances are you will like this. This is a must-buy if you are interested in the Divine Comedy - included in the liner notes is an extensive philosophical essay by the librettist. And texts are included, thank goodness!” (American Record Guide)
David Diamond: Symphony No. 6; Rounds for String Orchestra; Romeo and Juliet (2018)
“David Diamond was one of those composers suppressed by the dominance of academic modernism despite his championing by Leonard Bernstein and Serge Koussevitzky, and his Symphony No. 6, written in the early 1950s, here receives its first recording. It’s ironic in that the work was badly reviewed at its premiere, probably because it was too modernistic. Sample the startling contrasts of its first movement, Adagio - Allegro, fortemente mosso, worked out and reconciled in a wholly individual way. It gets an enthusiastic and professional performance here from the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra under Arthur Fagen, together with fine engineering, and it’s no surprise that the album has had commercial success in Britain as well as the U.S.“ (AllMusic.com)
A French Connection - Vanderbilt University Wind Symphony (2015)
“Of the six compositions on A French Connection, four are by French composers while the other two are by American band composers … This recording is played with true professionalism and is one of Klavier’s finest releases.” (BandWorld.org)
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