Daniel Ottensamer on CD
Just in time for Christmas Daniel Ottensamer (Principal Clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) published together with Christoph Draxler (piano) his first CD with works of Carl Maria von Weber and Johannes Brahms – the sound is deep and as soft as velvet. This recording once more perfectly shows the colourful sound intensity made possible by our PlayEasy system.
Further information can be found here:
Recently the new recording of Antonia Lorenz (Principal Clarinet of the Stuttgart State Opera) and her trio Elego with works of Mikhail Glinka and Daniel Schnyder has found its way to us as well.
The CD will be available in stores as of Februar 20th 2012, further information at www.trioelego.com
PLAYNICK in Moscow/Russia
From 3rd to 6th of November Nick Kückmeier was invited to come to Russia for the first time to give a lecture and workshop on sound quality at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Not only the winners of the famous clarinet competition but the whole clarinet class of Prof. Evgeny Petros plays on mouthpieces of the company PLAYNICK. We would like to thank you for your hospitality and your active interest in our products!
Nick Kückmeier & Evgeny Petrov
Lars Mlekusch mouthpiece series for alto saxophone
After months of developing and testing with the international Soloist and University Professor Lars Mlekusch time has finally come...
...to present the first two alto saxophone mouthpieces in combination with Légère synthetic reeds - LM1 and LM2.
PLAYNICK in Cologne, Germany
On December 3rd Nick Kückmeier and Prof. Ralf Manno will give a lecture and workshop together at the "Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln". We look forward to seeing you there!
Visitors from the Netherlands
During their stay at the 5th Grafenegg music festival Jacques Meertens and Arno Piters of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam paid us a visit – thank you!
Jacques Meertens, Nick Kückmeier & Arno Piters
PlayEasy at the Salzburg Festival
This year at the Salzburg festival not only the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra but also the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra played their first concerts using our PlayEasy System for bass clarinet and basset-horn with lots of enthusiasm!
Manfred Preis (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)
Outstanding performances on our Solist M
In the last half-year various musicians won 8 competitions and auditions on our Solist M-mouthpiece (for Vandoren V12 reeds), now we have developed our own synthetic reeds for this facing – the first feedbacks are very promising!
Maja Pawelke recently won with her Solist M mouthpiece a position at the State Theatre Hannover – Congratulations!
Légère Reeds Canada Ltd. / PLAYNICK Cooperation Agreement
We officially concluded a contract for close cooperation with Légère Reeds Canada. Starting in September all the German reeds will be marked with the joint logo “Nick/Légère”. Furthermore, we will develop the PlayEasy sytem continuously together in the future - because mouthpiece and reed simply belong together!
For this very purpose Guy Légère himself paid our company in Höf Präbach a visit.
“The mouthpieces distinguish in sound quality, flexibility and good intonation. The Kautschuk material plays a significant role in that for certain. Such a development proves to be extremely positive for the clarinet world. I wish Nick Kückmeier a successful future for the design and implementation of further mouthpiece compositions.”
Great success for our PlayEasy system
We are happy and proud to pronounce that
Mr. Levent Ivov won the international clarinet competition “Giacomo Mensi” on our PlayEasy system. We sincerely congratulate to this performance!
The clarinet group of the orchestra of the "Vereinigte Bühnen Wien"
with their new PlayEasy system
(front row, from left to right: Karl Korak, Martin Fuss and Jörg Wachsenegger /
back row, from left to right: Hans Peter Sumereder, Thomas Faulhammer and Thomas Huber)
Lars Mlekusch tested our first permanent system for saxophone
The international Soloist and Professor at the Konservatorium Wien University Lars Mlekusch successfully tested our first permanent system for saxophone. It is convincing in sound quality, but above all outstanding in response and flexibility and will enter now the extended testing period. We would like to thank the Konservatorium Wien University (on who´s instructions we acted) and are currently working on the development of a mouthpiece/reed combination with synthetic reeds for the classical saxophone (soprano to baritone) in collaboration with Lars Mlekusch.
Siegfried Schenner, Principal Clarinet of the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
“In the search for the ideal sound you made a significant step in the right direction.
Thank you NICK + PIERRE for your infinite energy and will for continuous further development. “
Visitor from Sydney, Australia
After the huge success of our revolutionary PlayEasy system in Europe and Asia, our mouthpieces combined with the refined synthetic reeds finally reached the Australian market. From 1st to 3rd of June 2011 Frank Celata (Associate Principal Clarinet at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Lecturer in Clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium) paid us a visit in Höf Präbach. He tested our PlayEasy system with enthusiasm and found an ideal setup for himself, his students and his colleagues. Besides, there was enough time left to show Frank some of the culinary delights of Styria and philosophize about the clarinet over a glass of fine wine. Thank you for coming!
Workshop in Zaragoza, Spain
Prof. Francisco Antonio Garcia invited us for a workshop at the University of Music in Zaragoza in Spain. During three days Nick Kückmeier gave a lecture on sound (quality) as well as on mouthpieces and facings and worked intensely with the students on finding their ideal setup. We are particularly pleased that our reputation preceded and that orchestra clarinettists even from Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia participated in the workshop!
PLAYNICK on TV
Recently our permanent system PlayEasy has been presented in the program “Alpen Donau Adria” of the Bavarian public broadcaster, watch our first TV appearance here: