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date: 15 September 2019

Ludewig-Verdehr, Elsa locked

  • Jonathan Holden

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(b Charlottesville, VA, April 14, 1936). American clarinetist and teacher. She studied with George Waln at Oberlin Conservatory and Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music. She joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1962 and in 1971 married university colleague, violinist Walter Verdehr. The two formed the Verdehr trio for which they have commissioned over 200 works, significantly expanding the canon of violin-clarinet-piano repertory. She has long maintained an international presence as a concert soloist, ensemble musician, and clinician. She has performed at the Brevard, Marlboro, Tanglewood, and Grand Teton music festivals. A noted proponent of 20th-century clarinet music, she was the founder and host of Michigan State University’s Contemporary Clarinet Festival. The International Clarinet Association presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, and she is a recipient of Michigan State University’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

M. Platt: “A Musical Partnership: 25 Years of the Verdehr Trio,” ...

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