CONCERT REVIEW
Spanish Rarities Spice a Fine Evening of Music for Clarinet and String Quartet
Carolina Chamber Symphony: “Mozart’s Genius: Clarinet and String”
Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet
CVNC (Aug 25, 2015)
“Espina-Ruiz’s dexterity was astonishing, with wonderfully clean rapid passages combined with a warm, glowing tone.”
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CONCERT REVIEW
Music@Watson Presents Splendid Brahms and Schubert
The American String Quartet and Oskar Espina-Ruiz
CVNC (Oct. 2, 2012)
“Mr. Espina Ruiz is a phenomenal clarinetist – a subtle and discreet virtuoso whose dynamic control matched that of the string quartet.”
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INTERVIEW/FEATURE ARTICLE
Treetops, Curtain Call team up for afternoon of music
The American String Quartet and Oskar Espina-Ruiz at Treetops Chamber Music Society
Stamford Advocate (October 16, 2012)
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INTERVIEW/FEATURE ARTICLE
Recital will be treat for the senses
Oskar Espina Ruiz’s Debut Recital at UNCSA
Winston-Salem Journal (February 5, 2012)
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INTERVIEW/FEATURE ARTICLE
Cassatt String Quartet joins noted soloists for Treetops concert
The Cassatt String Quartet and Oskar Espina-Ruiz at Treetops Chamber Music Society
Stamford Advocate (May 17, 2012)
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ARCHIVED CONCERT REVIEWS
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Oskar Espina Ruiz at the Treetops Chamber Music Society, Stamford, CT, with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra artists
Jeffrey Johnson, Stamford Advocate, CT
September 21, 2008

“The outer movements [of “Assobio a Jato” (“The Jet Whistle”) by Heitor Villa-Lobos, transcribed for clarinet and cello by Espina Ruiz] became a showcase for the crystalline high register of Espina Ruiz, who plays in the stratosphere of his instrument with freakish clarity and precision.”
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Oskar Espina Ruiz and Noriko Nagasawa in Recital, Teatro Nacional, San José, Costa Rica
Andrés Sáenz, La Nación, San José, Costa Rica
July 23, 2006

“Masterful soloist: polished sound, fine intonation, sustained breath and agile fingering supported interpretations of a pure musicality.”
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Concerto performance of Oskar Espina Ruiz with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony, Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
Alina Tsiopa, Nevskoye Vremia, St. Petersburg, Russia
July 13, 2005

“The interpretation of Oskar Espina Ruiz was highly expressive, perfect in all the details and virtuosically executed.”
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Julián Menéndez, an Appreciation
Charles Neidich, liner notes to Julián Menéndez Rediscovered, Kobaltone KB 13703, 2004.
July 29, 2004

“(…) The 2 CDs of his clarinet and piano music, wonderfully performed by Oskar Espina Ruiz, Noriko Nagasawa, and Keiko Kurachi opened my eyes and ears to one of the most significant clarinetists of the twentieth century. Menéndez, judging by his compositions, must have been a formidable virtuoso. (…) Menéndez’s music, I realized listening to these CDs, fills an important niche for the clarinet. While we have operatic fantasias and virtuosic show pieces, aside from a couple of attempts by French composers, we have virtually no late romantic concerto-tone poems which, for instance, make up an important part of the violin repertoire, of which Chausson’s Poem is one of the outstanding examples. Oskar Espina Ruiz plays the music with great feeling and technical aplomb. He shows how in Menéndez’s compositions, the clarinet soars like a violin.”
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From a Menéndez Disciple
J. Vicente Peñarrocha, liner notes to Julián Menéndez Rediscovered, Kobaltone KB 13703, 2004.
July 29, 2004

“This recording of the works for clarinet and piano by Julián Menéndez is the result of the profound knowledge of Oskar Espina Ruiz, of his excellent technique and his sensitivity, and of his acknowledgement and appreciation of the figure and the oeuvre of an extraordinary clarinetist and excellent musician. As a disciple and admirer of Don Julián Menéndez, I express my gratitude in his name, as well as in the name of all of us who appreciate his figure and oeuvre.”
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“Bravo and Congratulations”
Richard Stoltzman, liner notes to Julián Menéndez Rediscovered, Kobaltone KB 13703, 2004.
July 29, 2004

“You have performed a great service to all clarinetists and have truly honored the memory of this Spanish master of the clarinet. I listened to both CD’s with growing admiration for Menéndez as composer clarinetist, and for you as master interpreter of his music. Bravo and congratulations. You have opened a beautiful treasure chest of repertoire for the world of clarinetists. Well done!”
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Oskar Espina Ruiz in Recital, Centro Cultural de España, Asunción, Paraguay
José Luis De Tone, ABC, Asunción, Paraguay
November 30, 2002

“Through bewitching vibrancy and expressiveness Oskar Espina Ruiz brings forth the notes with an energy that reaches down to one’s soul.”
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Oskar Espina Ruiz and Keiko Kurachi in Recital, Luther Ichigaya, Tokyo, Japan
Eiichi Hashimoto, The Clarinet, Japan
September 7, 2000

“Extremely advanced technique and passion.”