The Singer Chamber Players
Welcome to our Singer Chamber Players website! This is David, Principal Clarinetist - Emeritus of the Grammy Award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In only a few seasons we have put together a chamber music group which is already exciting and entertaining audiences throughout So. Cal. We have received rave reviews and standing ovations, including several immediate return engagements from presenters including:
Steve Marsh, Lecturer-Cal State University at Channel Islands
Judith Vander, President- Ojai Arts Center Chamber Music Series
Maura Flood, Chair of Programs Committee- Friends of the Camarillo Library
Lauri Kamiel, Activities Coordinator- Fountainview at Eisenberg Village
Donna Granata, Founder of "Focus on the Masters"
As individuals, members of the Singer Chamber Players have received national and international recognition:
"To describe his playing would be to enumerate a catalogue of virtues." N.Y.Times
Principal performer of a Grammy Award winning ensemble
Featured soloist in the major concert halls of Vienna, Prague, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New York and Los Angeles
Participation at Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen, Salzburg, and Rome Music Festivals
Performed and/or recorded with Leonard Bernstein, Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma and Herbie Hancock
The list of our accomplishments goes on and on. We play great music from virtually every period- from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to the ballads of the 40’s, the Beatles and Broadway. Our versatile programs include trios, duos, and solos. We can perform for you and your family in your home, place of worship, community center, library or concert hall- for any and all occasions. Read our reviews and biographical information, see and hear us perform on our YouTube links! It would be fun to create a program especially for your particular audience.
You are in for a real treat!
Let’s talk soon! Thank you, David Singer
The New York Times wrote about clarinetist David Singer, “To describe his playing would be to enumerate a catalogue of virtues.” His reputation as one of the most highly respected clarinetists in the U.S. has been established through performances and recordings as principal clarinetist of the Grammy Award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, two separate performances at the White House for Presidents Carter and Clinton, and in chamber music performances with some of the greatest musicians of our time including Yehudi Menuhin, Yo Yo Ma, Rudolf Serkin and Branford Marsalis. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings including two Grammy Award winners. Robert Aldridge, who received a Grammy Award in 2012, wrote Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra for Mr. Singer and performances of that work resulted in rave reviews including: “teeming with energy", “rowdy, ethnic and fun” – Los Angeles Times. From England, David Singer’s recording of the Aldridge and Copland Concerti on American Classics/Naxos, received rave reviews as well. Gramophone Magazine in England wrote, ”His playing is exceptional…sensitive and expressive…technically brilliant. Singer’s Copland performance is one of the finest accounts around.” Today David Singer serves as a member of the Music Advisory Board for Young Musicians Foundation of Los Angeles with such musicians as composer John Williams and violinist Glenn Dicterow, former Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Singer loves performing with the Singer Chamber Players and enjoys nurturing his clarinet students from his home in Camarillo where he lives with his wife Barbara and dog Rosie.
"Accomplished cellist Virginia Kron ...a cellist of no small talent, has done her best to keep alive the music of our time," said the Los Angeles Times. Critics also praised her for her “warm and supple cello tone”, “great expression”, “intensity, subtlety and selfless musicianship” and “world class sound”. Kron was selected for in depth documentation and filmed interview by Ventura County’s Focus on the Masters. As a chamber musician Ms. Kron has performed and performs on series and concerts throughout the southwest and the length of California. Since 1978 Kron has spent most of her summers at music festivals including Aspen, the Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, Rome, Monterey, the Ojai Music Festival, the Mozart Festival, and 27 years at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz under the direction of Marin Alsop. The Cabrillo Festival inspired Virginia to work with living composers. Composers including John Biggs, Leslie Hogan, David Henderson, Greg Haggard, Scott Hiltzick, Jimmy Calire and Emily Praetorius have written a concerto, three sonatas and numerous short pieces and arrangements for her. Her concerto performances include the premier of John Biggs' Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra with New West Symphony. She recorded it in Prague with the Czech National Symphony. She has also recorded albums for Celtic harpist Kim Robertson, pianist David Henderson and recorded her well reviewed original children's fairy tale The Crystal Harp. Kron received her Bachelor's degree in cello performance from the UW-Madison, and her Master's, with a prize in performance, from USC.
From age four Daniel Newman-Lessler has had a talent for playing the piano. While studying with Peter Yazbeck during his childhood and teen years, he won top prizes in numerous competitions, and repeatedly performed as a concerto soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. Daniel received a Bachelors of Music in Piano from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Daniel Pollack, while also pursuing composition and conducting. He graduated magna cum laude from USC as a Discovery Scholar. Daniel has participated in numerous summer festivals as a conductor, pianist, and composer including the LA Conductors Workshop with Kenneth Kiesler, Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, International Summer Academy of Music in Germany, Franz Liszt Piano Academy in Hungary, and Idyllwild Arts Summer Academy. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters of Music in Sacred Music Conducting from USC, where he is studying with Nick Strimple. He is the conductor of the Kadima Conservatory Senior Philharmonic and PVSD Chorus and is the assistant conductor and accompanist of the Los Angeles Zimriya Chorale. Daniel is the pianist of the Singer Chamber Players, teaches piano at his studio in Somis, and regularly performs as a solo and collaborative pianist.