Thursday, December 15, 2016

Freelancing in Classical Music

Clarinetist extraordinaire Julian Milkis and world-champion accordionist Alex Sevastian performed Ray Luedeke's piece, Serenity, in Cobourg, Ontario as part of a Les Amis concert on 25 November. Shortly, they will be in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they will perform it again. Then on 10 March they will perform Serenity along with Ray's Tango Dreams + music by Giya Kanceli at Symphony Space in New York City.

Julian travels the world performing as a cross-over artist. Initially, he got a boost from his teacher, Benny Goodman. That was enough to get him started...

Alex Sevastian won a string of contests and then signed on with a famous group, Quartetto Gelato.

Ray Luedeke has done just about everything, playing in groups like the Toronto Symphony, teaching at Universities, winning composition and performance contests. And now he is in NYC as a free lance composer.