PLAYNICK in Valencia, Spain

From December 26th to December 30th 2012 the first international Clarinet festival “Ciutat de Xátiva” will take place in Spain. The objective of the festival is for students to get the possibility to gain a global insight into the international clarinet scene, with the special focus on interpretation and technique. The plan includes individual lessons with lecturers like Jonathan Cohler (International Soloist and Professor of Clarinet at the Boston and the New England Conservatory) or Antonio Fraioli (International Soloist and Professor of chamber music at the Conservatory “G. Martucci” Salerno), as well as group lessons. Further highlights of the festival will be various concerts. The event will be concluded with a workshop held by Jochen Seggelke (workshop for innovative hand-crafted clarinets in Bamberg) and Nick Kückmeier – we are really looking forward to it…

Training for specialist suppliers at “blaswerk Musik Haag”

To offer all our clients the possibility to get a qualified and competent advice (also to clients which do not purchase our products directly from us) it is absolutely necessary to train our contracting partners. Finding the right selection of a mouthpiece/reed combination for someone’s particular embouchure requires sensitivity and specialized knowledge of our products. On November 23rd we were guests at “blaswerk Musik Haag” in Luzern (Switzerland) to train their employees to that effect. Thank you for the invitation!

If you are interested in training, please contact us by e-mail to office@playnick.at

PLAYNICK in Oslo, Norway

On November 6th and 7th we were invited to conduct a workshop at the Norwegian Academy of Music with the possibility of testing our products afterwards. Our special thanks go to Misses Vibeke Breian for the invitation and organization of this event!

PLAYNICK in Stuttgart, Germany

On October 22nd and 23rd a workshop was held for the clarinet class of Norbert Kaiser (Professor of Clarinet) at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. Nick Kückmeier combined this trip with a workshop for the Baden-Württemberg Police Orchestra directed by Toni Scholl on October 24th. Of course Julia Schlag, also one of the conductors of the Baden-Württemberg Police Orchestra, could not miss out on this great opportunity as well. Prospective costumers of our products within the area of Stuttgart can now turn to her directly to get our material.

Légère Reeds Canada Ltd.

Nick Kückmeier will be traveling to Canada again (from September 14th to September 21st) to work on the Légère/Nick synthetic reeds with Guy Légère. We are already anxious to see which further development this meeting will bring...

Upcoming events to announce

During the summer and autumn period Nick Kückmeier will attend various events to present our products in Austria, for example...

• from August 14th or from August 28th at the Bläserurlaub in Bad Goisern,

• on 24th and 25th of August at the Schlägler Saxophon-Tage and

• on October 6th at the Holzbläsertag in Imst

...just come by!

Lars Mlekusch Series now also available for soprano und tenor saxophone 

Just in time for the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews from July 10th – 15th (you will find further information under www.wscxvi.com) we are happy to announce that now there are also mouthpieces for soprano and tenor saxophone in the Lars Mlekusch series. In addition to the current two models for alto saxophone, the respective LM1 and LM2 models for soprano and tenor saxophone are now available. Pre-orders can be placed any time now. Only the baritone saxophone is still left to join the series.

And again our PLAYEASY system was able to convince

In July 2012 Pascal Moragues (Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre de Paris) carefully scrutinized our PLAYEASY system. He tested our material thoroughly and finally chose a PlayEasy B2 mouthpiece. Innhyuck Cho, his former student and now e-flat clarinetist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, decided in favour of our PLAYEASY system after a long afternoon of testing here in Höf-Präbach as well.

Pascal Moragues from the Orchestre de Paris
visiting Höf-Präbach

PLAYNICK in Freiburg, Germany

Nick Kückmeier received an invitation from Mr. Jörg Widmann (Professor of Clarinet and Composition) to come to the University of Music Freiburg. He gave a lecture and presented our products, afterwards the students had the possibility to test our material. In the end, not only Jörg Widmann showed enthusiasm for our PLAYEASY system mouthpiece with the respective synthetic reed… Thank you for the invitation!

PLAYNICK in Tokyo, Japan

Nick Kückmeier accepted an invitation to give a lecture on our products for clarinet and saxophone at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. During his stay from June 26th until July 3rd he also paid a visit to ISHIMORI Wind Instruments Special Co. Ltd. There he gave a lecture in front of the “Gesellschaft Holz” followed by a discussion with Wenzel Fuchs (Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), which took interesting turns…

Music fair 2012 in Frankfurt

The Musikmesse in Frankfurt is the world’s leading trade fair for music and shows a wide range of topics and products with everything required for making music. Since our products have become more and more popular at home and abroad we had our own exhibition stand at the fair where we had the pleasure to welcome lots of interested visitors.


New employee at PLAYNICK

We are happy to announce that Ms. Sabine Sampt will join our team starting with the first of March 2012. She will actively support Carina Kückmeier in the office and she will be responsible for correspondence and distribution. Welcome to PLAYNICK!


We were really happy about the positive feedback from Pascual Martínez-Forteza preceding our lecture combined with a product presentation on February 22nd at the Manhattan School of Music in New York!

Steve Cohen, Pascual Martínez-Forteza and Nick Kückmeier

Dean LeBlanc (Metropolitan Opera), Nick Kückmeier, Wojtec Komsta and Pavel Vinnitsky (Metropolitan Opera)

Visitor from the US


Pascual Martínez-Forteza from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra paid us a visit during his tour through Europe to test our PlayEasy system for the French clarinet. We received his first enthusiastic feedback only two weeks later: “Hello Nick, I have been playing your mouthpieces and synthetic reeds in all the concerts since I saw you in Graz and I am very happy – every day I feel more comfortable with the material, I got great comments from my colleagues from the orchestra and also from my Music Director Alan Gilbert!”

PLAYNICK in Bolzano, Italy

Roberto Gander (Professor of Clarinet at the Conservatory “Claudio Monteverdi”) hosts a masterclass in Bolzano on January 20th, conducted by none other than the famous Alessandro Carbonare (Principal Clarinet of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome). We are very pleased to have received an invite to this event so we can present our mouthpieces and synthetic reeds as well as our new bell with an adjusted titanium ring. Thank you very much!