Mozart was reported to have said that of all the instruments, the clarinet has the sound that most closely resembles the human singing voice. And even if the maestro didn't say it himself, as the quote originates from a contemporary paper, he might still have agreed given that every note of two of his later works, the Clarinet Quintet and Clarinet Concerto, testifies to the assertion. The clarinet fascinated composers at the end of the 18th century with its soft, pliable sound, large range... and rich harmonics, as well as its unusual feature of being perfectly suited to playing both soaring melodies and virtuoso runs. After Mozart, the older Haydn and Beethoven both made the instrument a permanent member of the orchestra, and its rich playing potential expanded continuously in the 19th century. The ideal clarinet tone is not attained easily, and for someone to coax a beautiful sound from the instrument they must certainly become familiar with its secrets. Beyond the player's technical armoury, no small degree of sensitivity is required, for the clarinet has a soul.
Born in 1990, the Junior Prima award-winning István Kohán is a musician who befriended the instrument at a very early age. Such was his talent that it was never in any doubt that he would choose a solo career, with all its risks and countless dangers for most woodwind players. Kohán is already the proud winner of four international competitions, and triumphed at Japan's most prestigious music competition in 2013. It is thus by no means premature to declare that within a few years we may count on him as the successor to Kálmán Berkes, himself once ranked among Hungary's best clarinettists and today primarily active as artistic director of the Győr Philharmonic.
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