MM Woodwinds and Brass (Clarinet), Spring 2013
Amanda Kritzberg grew up in Los Angeles County and began playing the clarinet at the age of eleven under the direction of her father. She studied with clarinetist Paul Bambach for six years, where she gained experience in the performance of a variety of genres and styles of music. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in music (clarinet performance) in 2011 from UC Santa Barbara, and her master’s degree (clarinet performance) in 2013 from UC Santa Barbara as well. She has been involved in a number of diverse music performance ensembles over the years including the UCSB Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Ensemble for Contemporary Music. Amanda has worked in collaboration and performed with numerous musicians around the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles area, as well as played in recording sessions for local composers. In March of 2011, she played in a master class lead by Matthias Schorn of the Vienna Philharmonic, and in 2012 performed Copland’s Clarinet Concerto for a master class with Fred Ormand. In July 2012 Amanda was featured as a chamber musician in the “Fiati a Palazzo Rucellai”, a wind chamber music festival in Florence, Italy. She is becoming increasingly involved in music of the contemporary era, and enjoys participating in the compositions of local and upcoming composers as a member of Now Hear Ensemble, who have debuted numerous new works in renowned venues such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts theater. In 2013-14, Amanda toured with the Now Hear Ensemble to perform works by emerging composers at distinguished institutions, including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Mills College, and CalArts as part of the “Made in California” project, which included the release of the “Made in California” album in October of 2013. Amanda has also performed with the Now Hear Ensemble at diverse venues such as the Silver Lake Lounge in Los Angeles as part of the Classical Revolution concert series, and the Center for New Music in San Francisco. In September of 2016, Amanda was awarded a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where she worked in residence with the Now Hear Ensemble towards producing their second album for commercial distribution.
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