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    William Aikens, oboe.

  • Brian Krinke, violin, piano and composition

    Brian Krinke, violin, piano and composition.

Brian Krinke and William Aikens will perform new works for oboe, piano and violin at the International Double Reed Society conference in Thailand this summer

Colorado Mesa University music faculty Brian Krinke and William Aikens will perform a 25-minute recital featuring original compositions at the International Double Reed Society's (IDRS) annual conference in Thailand this summer. Krinke, a violinist, pianist and composer recently composed two new pieces — one for oboe and piano and one for oboe and violin. Krinke and Aikens, an oboist, have performed these works at CMU recitals and other local venues and are excited to premiere them at an international conference. It's unique to have the same person serve as both composer and performer and Krinke will fill the role not only as composer but as performer on two different instruments.

“Having the opportunity to perform for an international audience in a vibrant city like Bangkok, and premiere new music composed by one of our own is singularly exciting,” said Aikens. “We are grateful for our department's support and look forward to the experience.”

IDRS features performers on oboe and bassoon from around the world. Krinke and Aikens were selected to play after completing a proposal which outlined their musical selections and their significance to the double reed repertoire. Among the new initiatives that the IDRS has championed during the past few years is the promotion of new compositions. This year's conference will take place at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, July 18-22.


Written by Laura Bradley