Charles Neidich, clarinet professor at the Juilliard School in NY, shares his insights into one of the most profound pieces ever written for clarinet- the Brahms E-flat- Major clarinet sonata. Break it down and focus only on the 1st mvt. Charles Neidich is an American classical clarinetist, composer, and conductor. A native New Yorker of Russian and Greek descent, Charles Neidich began his clarinet studies with his father, Irving Neidich, at the age of eight, and continued them with the renowned teacher Leon Russianoff and, later in Moscow, with Boris Dikov. His reputation has grown steadily since his 1974 New York recital début while still a student at Yale. A series of prizes helped launch his early career: the Silver Medal in the 1979 Geneva International Music Competition, Second Prize in the 1982 Munich International Competition and one of three Grand Prizes in the 1984 Accanthes International Competition in Paris.