We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ramon Wodkowski (Professional Clarinettist & renowned clarinet mouthpiece craftsman) to ‘The Vibe’ on Wednesday 29th June and Friday 1st July 2016!
Ramon combines his skills as a professional clarinettist together with his exceptional craftsmanship skills and in depth knowledge of the clarinet to customise and refurbish existing mouthpieces for clients. His knowledge of mouthpieces extends to nearly every make and model of the last century.
Clarinet Mouthpiece Customisation and Refurbishment
- Ramon works on Bb, Eb, Bass Clarinet & Saxophone Mouthpieces as well as German, Austrian, Reform Boehm and simple system mouthpieces.
- Includes refacing
- Chamber adjustment
- Bore reaming (where needed)
Refurbished Secondhand Mouthpieces
Ramon offers an array of refurbished Bb, Eb and Bass mouthpieces some of which include rare vintage and antique pieces.
Mouthpieces that Roman works on include:
- Kaspar – Chicago, Cicero, Ann Arbor
- Vintage French Design – Chedeville (Henri, Charles), Lelandais, Goldbeck, Bettoney, Meliphone, Selmer, Robert, Penzel Mueller, Bonade, Malerne, Buffet, etc
- Zinner based models – Viotto, Smith, Grabner, Fobes, Lomax, Backun, Hawkins, etc
- Other custom designs – Pyne, Kanter, Gennusa, Hite, Langenus, Portnoy, Wurlitzer, Borbeck, Sayre, Pillinger, Eaton, Nagamatsu, Jenney, etc
Ramon’s clients include:
Martin Fröst, David Shifrin, Richard Hosford, Michele Zukofsky, Carey Bell, Robert Crowley, Robert Hill, Richie Hawley, Yehuda Gilad, Theodore Oien, Lynsey Marsh, Gregory Raden, Robert Pickup and Ron Selka amongst others.
Ramon Wodkowski is an internationally acclaimed mouthpiece specialist, and his clients include many of the world’s leading soloists, orchestral musicians and teachers. For further details and endorsements, please see Clients and Testimonials.
Ramon began to explore clarinet mouthpiece design whilst a Masters student at the Yale University School of Music, and studied mouthpiece crafting with James Kanter and Everett Matson.
Ramon Wodkowski Biography
A professional clarinet player himself, Ramon understands what players need from a mouthpiece, and his in-depth knowledge and experience of both the American and European clarinet tradition
s gives him the versatility to customize each mouthpiece to suit its owner’s individual playing style.
A leading authority on mouthpiece history, acoustics and design, Ramon has been invited to present lectures at institutions including Yale University, University of Southern California, Musikhochschule Lübeck, Rice University, Manhattan School of Music, Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Northwestern University, Michigan State University and New York University.
Ramon enjoys a busy performing schedule as a professional clarinettist. He has performed with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and as guest principal of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet and City of London Sinfonia. He has worked under conductors including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Oliver Knussen, Heinz Holliger and Semyon Bychkov, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), the Salzburg Mozarteum, Barbican Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Having graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Ramon earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he gained an Artist Diploma, won the prestigious Frederick Thurston prize, and was subsequently awarded the 2005-6 David Bowerman Junior Fellowship.
Ramon’s principal teachers have been Richard Hosford, Franklin Cohen, David Shifrin, Richard Hawkins and Theodore Oien.
Ramon Wodkowski Clarinet Mouthpiece Craftsman Article