Andrew Michael Simon


An American Clarinettist in Korea

Published in Clarinet and Saxophone: December 1st, 1994

On April 12 1992, I was on a plane to Beijing where I was to meet an official who would hand me a visa and put me on a plane to North Korea. I was not told his name, or how to find him; he would find me.

I was about to make history as the first American soloist to play in North Korea since the Korean War. I had been invited to participate in the Spring Friendship Arts Festival, which this year coincided with the eightieth birthday of the Great Leader, Comrade Kim Il-Sung - in the eyes of the North Koreans, the greatest event of the century.
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The Art of Auditioning

Published in Australian Clarinet and Saxophone: March 1st, 1998

True or False? Professional Orchestra auditions are often unfair, have little to do with how well you do the actual job, can be political, often have adjudicators who are worse than the majority of contestants, are often the only way to get a job or reach the trial stage. If you answered "true" to all of the above, you probably have some audition experience!
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A letter from Hong Kong

Published in Clarinetwise: February 1st, 1998

... I have decided to take a disorganised approach to this article. I was thinking about what to write all summer. I think just a series of events may be interesting to clarinettists.

The points I'll try to illustrate is the importance of contacts, how they keep coming up years later, the importance of doing a variety of music outside of one's job, and the importance of sounding good in all situations.
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Letter from Hong Kong

Published in Clarinetwise: May 1st, 1998

... Recently a clarinettist who will study with me in the fall wrote me, asking about fixing some problems. It is not so easy to explain in writing and some of the methods are a bit unorthodox, but I thought I'd share some of my philosophies on clarinet technique.

Problem #1 - How can I improve my sound during loud playing?
Remember, when playing loud, keep your corners of your mouth as firm as possible-you must think about bringing them together.
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