Oskar Will Release His New Album at ClarinetFest 2021

Don’t miss Oskar’s new album release at ClarinetFest 2021, featuring works for clarinet and piano by Spanish-Basque composers J.C. Arriaga, Andrés Isasi and José Antonio de Donostia. Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet, and Victoria Schwartzman, piano. Stay tuned for details!

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Do What You Love

Come to UNCSA to study with me, and lay the groundwork you need to be successful in today’s musical climate! I offer free Zoom lessons to all applicants. You can always contact me with questions. My studio will have 5 openings in 2021 across Graduate School, Undergraduate and High School. Due to Covid-19 auditions are via video recording, plus a live virtual audition.

Oskar’s 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist

This Hispanic Heritage Month, University of North Carolina School of Music clarinet professor Oskar Espina Ruiz curates a playlist to celebrate living Hispanic musicians who are making significant contributions to music in our time (October 2020)

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Oskar to Host Peter Serkin Tribute

This past summer Oskar has been busy producing a series of live streams for the Music Mountain Festival, including a partnership with Carnegie Hall, and artists such as Emanuel Ax, Jaime Laredo, Jeremy Denk, Fred Sherry, Ida Kavafian, and Richard Stoltzman.

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Watch Oskar hosting Live From Music Mountain

Mozart Clarinet

Larghetto, from Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581. Oskar Espina Ruiz, Clarinet; Ariel String Quartet. Sept 23, 2018, Music Mountain Festival.

Brahms Clarinet Sonata

Allegro amabile, from Brahms Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2. Oskar Espina Ruiz, Clarinet; Victoria Schwartzman, Piano. Watson Hall, UNCSA, Sept 26, 2017.

Amor Brujo Postmoderno

Amor Brujo Postmoderno

Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Amor Brujo Postmoderno co-producer, receives Kenan Faculty Leadership Award. Original sets, lighting, animation, choreography and dance by UNCSA student-artists join forces with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada’s design to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of composer Manuel de Falla’s masterwork, “El Amor Brujo,” in a multidisciplinary concert in New York City.

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Ravel’s Sonate Posthume on Clarinet

Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet and Keiko Kurachi, piano, play Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Sonate Posthume, originally for violin and piano, arranged for clarinet and piano by O. Espina Ruiz. From Kobaltone CD “Basque Heart,” by permission.

With the American String Quartet

The American String Quartet (Peter Winograd, violin; Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; Wolfram Koessel, cello) and Oskar Espina Ruiz, clarinet, perform Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Quintet in B Minor for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115 (1891).