Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer
Dutch clarinetist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (1977) studied at the Juilliard School for Music in New York with clarinetist Charles Neidich on a sponsorship by the Fulbright International Scholarship Program.
Lars has won several first prizes at international competitions such as the « International Competition for Youth » (Lisbon 1994) and the “RTBF Jeunes Solistes” (Brussels 1993). In 1999 he made his début in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and performed very successfully as a Rising Star in the so named concert series in 2001-2002. Since then, Lars has played in major venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Musik Verein Vienna, Cité de la Musique Paris and Philharmonie Berlin. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He performed and recorded the world premiere of the Clarinet Concerto « Yellow Darkness » by Willem Jeths, written for him.
Lars has been a member of Spectrum Concerts Berlin since 2000 and the Dutch ensembles Lunapark, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil and the Orlando Wind Quintet. He has performed with string quartets and ensembles such as Skampa Quartet, Quatuor Danel, Quatuor Ebène, and Altenberg Trio Wien. In 2003, Lars was awarded an « Edison » for his début CD. Other CD’s followed, with music by Dohnányi, MacMillan, Mamlok and Hindemith. In 2009 and 2011, Challenge Records released his CD with the Reger and Brahms sonatas, which received outstanding reviews by the international music press.
He teaches at the Fontys Music Academy Tilburg.
Some press quotes:
« Seine Technik ist nicht nur von äußerst seltener Perfektion, sie zeigt in jeder Lage Feinsinn und Geschmeidigkeit geradezu sensationeller Art. » (Berliner Morgenpost)
« Wouters handles this temperamental instrument with complete command, and his finger work is nothing short of stunning. » (Fanfare Magazine)
« Die ‘Kontraste’ für Klarinette, Violine und Klavier von Béla Bartók, in denen Klarinettist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer in Bezug auf dynamische Flexibilität, Weichheit und Klangschönheit in allen Registern nichts zu wünschen übrig lieb. » (Berliner Zeitung)