Bassoonist Sue Heineman

Sue Heineman, bassoon; and Paul Cigan, clarinet
Sue Barber, bassoon; Audrey Andrist, piano

Monday, April 2 @ 8 p.m., Recital Hall

Sue Heineman has been Principal Bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra since September 2000. Prior to joining the NSO, she held positions with the New Haven, Memphis, New Mexico and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the NSO on numerous occasions, as well as with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, comprised of principal players from the NSO. Heineman has performed as guest Principal Bassoonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is a frequent soloist at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. Originally from Philadelphia, Heineman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman and a master’s degree from Juilliard. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Rochester, graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Salzburg. A frequent guest clinician at conservatories and festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, Heineman is on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music.

Paul Cigan is currently the second clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at the NSO, he occupied principal clarinet posts with the Virginia Symphony, Colorado Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. Studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Temple University, his teachers included David Breeden and David Neumann, both of the San Francisco Symphony, and Anthony Gigliotti, former principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra. While studying at Temple University, he was featured soloist in a master class with Luciano Berio in a performance of the composer’s Sequenza IX for clarinet. A dedicated teacher and coach, Cigan is currently on the faculty of The University of Maryland at College Park.

Hailed as a “stunning pianist with incredible dexterity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist has thrilled audiences around the globe, from North America to Japan, China and Germany with her “passionate abandon,” “bright energy,” and “great intelligence.” She has performed in many of North America’s most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Place des Arts in Montreal, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. She is a member of Strata, a trio with her husband, James Stern, violin, and Nathan Williams, clarinet, recipients of a major 2009 grant from the Rauch Foundation. She is also a member of the Verge Ensemble in Washington, D.C., and the Stern/Andrist Duo with her husband, recently celebrating their twentieth year of performances together. Andrist completed masters and doctoral degrees at New York’s elite Juilliard School, and currently serves on the faculties of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the Washington Conservatory. Her CD of major solo works by Robert Schumann has just been released on Centaur Records

Sue Barber is the Associate Professor of Bassoon and coordinator of the Woodwind Area at the James Madison University School of Music. She performers regularly as a member of the Montpelier Wind Quintet and teaches at the Brevard Music Festival in Brevard, NC during the summer season. In addition, she is an active freelance bassoonist in the region, having performed regularly with The Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, Opera on The James, Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia and The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville. Barber earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York; a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University.

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