Married in 1987, flutist Leone Buyse (rhymes with “spicy”) and clarinetist Michael Webster bring a special warmth and intimate understanding to their performances in solo recital, chamber music, and concerto settings. Professional colleagues for seven years in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, they first began performing as a duo in 1980 while members of the San Francisco Symphony. Following a decade of contributions to Boston’s musical life, the peripatetic pair relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan but were soon lured from the University of Michigan by Rice University to Houston, Texas, where they work together training future orchestral players, chamber musicians, soloists, and teachers at the world-renowned Shepherd School of Music.
Committed to promoting and expanding the repertoire for flute and clarinet through research, commissions, and transcriptions, the Duo offers a refreshing array of solos, duets, and trios with a collaborative pianist and concertos with orchestra. Buyse and Webster share a love of education, travel, and language. Wherever they perform, they seek interaction with their youngest listeners… the audiences of tomorrow. During the past three decades they have appeared together in locales as diverse as a remote northern California reservation, downtown New York, Chicago, and Tokyo, rural Quebec, Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops, Alaska, New Zealand, the mountains of Colorado and Utah, and a Caribbean island. In addition to being internationally known performing artists, both have gained recognition as writers and speakers in the music field, and are in demand for clinics, workshops, and master classes. Their concerts invariably include commentary designed to enlighten and entertain. While on tour in Japan, they astonished their listeners by explaining repertoire and signing post-concert autographs in Japanese.
Below is their live performance of Muczynski’s Duos for Flute and Clarinet (the composer’s own adaptation of his Duos for Two Flutes), recorded during the Webster Trio’s annual faculty recital at Rice University on September 5, 2013.