Ohio University

Rebecca Rischin





Rebecca Rischin

Professor of Clarinet

Since winning first place at the First International Clarinet Competition in Kraków, Poland in 1994, Rebecca Rischin has established an international reputation. She has performed throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, and her Carnegie Hall solo debut recital in March 2014 was met with a standing ovation. Her compact disc of unaccompanied clarinet works, One of a Kind, was issued by Centaur Records in 2009 to critical acclaim,: “Clarinetist Rebecca Rischin has... produced a beautiful new recording with substantial variety, diversity and interest...Her playing demonstrates a fluent and well-controlled technique, and outstanding relative intonation in all registers.”—NACWPI Journal. Her second CD, Clarinet Fantasies (Centaur, 2017) with pianist Youmee Kim received rave reviews in Fanfaremagazine: Rischin won praise for her "enormous virtuosity, whipped cream legato, and beautiful phrasing,”—M. Nockin. “Rischin has a superb technique and a musicality to match her legato line is a joy, and she shades melodies as a singer might...Rischin breathes magical life into the music’s glorious melodies. There is actually a palpable feel of the music ‘breathing,’of natural inhalation and exhalation, both on the small scale and the larger scale... This is a wonderfully life-enhancing disc."—C. Clarke "Rischin, whose sound reminds me of that of early supporter Richard Stoltzman, plays with a pure, cool tone, a warm but unexaggerated chalumeau, pleasing rubato, subtlety and drama in fitting measure, and an imposing technical facility... Collectors of Romantic fantasies for wind soloists will welcome these new additions to the catalog, and devotees of fine clarinet playing will certainly want to hear Rischin and Kim perform them."—R. Grames.

Rischin is currently Professor of Clarinet at Ohio University, where she received the 2002 College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award. Her students hail from all over the world and have achieved success as performers, music educators, and music therapists both in the United States and abroad. She has presented masterclasses at schools of music worldwide, and has published numerous articles in The Clarinet journal, most notably for its renowned "Masterclass" series.

Her ground-breaking book, For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet (Cornell University Press, 2003; 2006), on which she has lectured worldwide in both English and French, has received critical acclaim and is considered the definitive work on the subject. It is now out in French, Japanese, and in paperback and has been adapted into a screenplay to be made into a motion picture: "By turns moving, astonishing, challenging and funny, it is a story that deserves to be heard. Strongly recommended."—BBC Music Magazine. "The clarinetist Rebecca Rischin has written a captivating book…her research dispels several long-cherished myths about the 1941 première…Rischin lovingly brings to life the other musicians…who played with Messiaen, the pianist at the première."--The New Yorker. "Rischin's illuminating look at the participating personalities and historical context of the creation of Olivier Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du Temps, one of the greatest artistic triumphs of the twentieth century, provides valuable insight into the complex circumstances surrounding this extraordinary premiere and allows us a very special glimpse into the warmth and strength of the human spirit" (Kent Nagano, Music Director, Montreal Symphony).

A native of San Francisco, at the age of seventeen Rischin was selected by the clarinetist Richard Stoltzman to be the featured soloist at the 1985 San Francisco Mayor's Command Performance. Rischin holds the Bachelor of Arts, cum laude and Master of Music degrees from Yale University, the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, and the Performance Diplôme from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where she studied under the auspices of a Harriet Hale Woolley grant, awarded in 1993 to only two other visual and performing artists in the United States. Her principal teachers include David Shifrin, Frank Kowalsky, Guy Deplus, and Donald Carroll.

Educational Background:

B.A., cum laude, Yale University; M.M. Yale University; D.M. Florida State University; Performance Diplôme, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris

Classes Being Taught:

  • MUS 3510/MUS 5432 Clarinet
  • MUS 2541/MUS 5541 Chamber Music
  • MUS 4571/MUS 5571 Woodwind Instrument Pedagogy and Repertoire: Clarinet

Lab Space:

588 Robert Glidden Hall