Mr. Franch-Ballester joins UBC School of Music as Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music, beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.
“Jose is a wonderful communicator,” says Dr. Richard Kurth, Director of UBC School of Music, “both through his superb playing in all clarinet repertoires, and his articulate enthusiasm for teaching and collaboration with colleagues. He brings exciting ideas and brilliant energy to our wind program.”
One of the finest classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation, Mr. Franch-Ballester has been hailed for his “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm” (New York Times), his “rich, resonant tone” (Birmingham News), and his “subtle and consummate artistry” (Santa Barbara Independent). He joins the School of Music’s dynamic Wind, Brass and Percussion Division.
“We are thrilled to welcome internationally renowned artist Jose Franch-Ballester to UBC. His passionate teaching and breadth of performance experiences will make UBC a destination for the world’s greatest young clarinetists and bring new excitement to the woodwind area and entire School of Music,” says Dr. Robert Taylor, Division Chair.
Franch-Ballester’s role includes studio instruction in clarinet, woodwind chamber music, and collaborative leadership of the woodwind curriculum, working in partnership with our accomplished team of VSO principals and other top professionals in the city.
“I am so excited to start my new role at the University of British Columbia School of Music in Vancouver, Canada. With its distinguished faculty, excellent orchestral and wind ensembles, chamber music programs, and state-of-the-art performance and practice spaces, I really can’t imagine a better place to start a lifelong association than in Vancouver and with UBC,” says Mr. Franch-Ballester. “I am very excited to start working with the students to create a unique woodwind and chamber music program.”