Hailed for his ‘especially stylish’ playing [The Guardian], acclaimed American clarinetist Berginald Rash quickly set himself apart as a promising young musician when during secondary school he was selected as a Young Artist for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, served as guest bass clarinetist with the Virginia Symphony in their performance of Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony, and, after his Master’s, joined the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival for its inaugural Orchestral Academy.
Comfortable as both chamber musician and soloist, he is a founding member of the Mondrian Trio with whom he has won the Great Music in Irish Houses 2015 Support Act- Residency, was selected to participate in the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra’s chamber music ensemble coaching at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland with Gottfried van der Goltz, director of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and has been invited to the Boyne Music Festival 2016 Young Artist Programme. He is also a founding member of London-based Decus Ensemble and can be heard playing basset clarinet with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble on their recording of Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 for winds in B-flat, K. 361. He has performed Scott McAllister’s Black Dog with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble as the grand prize winner of the 2007-2008 Concerto Competition, and, in 2016, performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto K. 622 with the Dublin Symphony Orchestra at Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin.
Mr. Rash has been heard with such orchestras as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony and is a member of London-based Chineke! Orchestra with whom he’s made his debut at the BBC Proms, Ghent Music Festival, Snape Maltings Proms, and in some of the UK’s leading concert halls. With Chineke! he has performed on BBC 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty and can be heard on their studio recordings on the Signum Classics, Orchid Classics, and NMC record labels. He has collaborated with members of such orchestras as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt hr-Sinfonieorchester, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet among others and has been a featured soloist at the National Concert Hall.
Equally comfortable in contemporary, film, and classical styles of music, Mr. Rash commissioned T. G. Gellar-Goad to write Sketches in Realization, a quintet for E-flat clarinet and string quartet and later received Forest Primeval, a new work written for him by Mr. Gellar-Goad and scored for narrator, clarinet, cello, harp/synthesizer, and drum kit. As Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Vivre Musicale he has also commissioned Irish composer, David Coonan to write Sonnets of Dark Love based on Sonetos del amor oscuro by Federico García Lorca and scored for countertenor or soprano, tenor, violin, cello, clarinet, and piano. He can be heard in the film score to Date with Misadventure directed by Matthew Smyth and in Angela directed by Marilia Nogueira both composed by Natasa Paulberg.
Mr. Rash has participated in the European Chamber Music Teachers Association gathering where he received chamber music masterclasses by various teachers, including Pekka Helasvuo and Marje Lohuaru. He has performed in masterclasses and received coachings with artists such as Jörg Widmann, Ricardo Morales, Mark Nuccio, Ariana Ghez, Ted Soluri, Therese Fahy, Finghin Collins, Peter Tuite, Dairine Ni Mheadhra, Simon Aspell, William Butt, Ann Murray, DBE, and members of the Vogler and Escher quartets.
Berginald holds both a Bachelor of Music, cum laude and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, cum laude from Florida State University, a Master’s of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts where he was a Chancellor’s Award recipient, and a Recital Artist Diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he was an 1848 Scholar/Teaching Fellow. He also holds a Master’s in Arts in Spanish and Latin American Cultural and Linguistic studies with a concentration in applied linguistics from New York University. His teachers include John Finucane, Matthew Billing, Vicente Alberola, Todd Levy, Steve Barta, Frank Kowalsky, Deborah Bish, and F. Edward Knakal.
Berginald Rash is a Devon & Burgani Artist on the Fluency series, has been featured on the cover of the International Clarinet Association’s September 2020 publication of The Clarinet, is a recent TEDx speaker, and has been awarded the Arts Council of Ireland’s 2020 Music Bursary.