Clarinetist Barbara Heilmair Tanret is Associate Professor of Clarinet & Music History at the Portland State University School of Music & Theater. She maintains an international career as a performer, educator, and scholar, and has previously taught at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the California State University in Long Beach (CSULB).
After her debut in Salzburg in 1995, Barbara Heilmair has played with symphonic orchestras such as The Bavarian State Theater in Munich, The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, The Tyrol International Music Festival (IOE), The Santa Barbara Symphony, The Santa Barbara Choral Society, The Opera Pasadena, The Mozart Classical Orchestra, The New Valley Symphony, and The Brentwood- Westwood Symphony.
Being part of Portland’s vibrant musical scene, she has recently been heard with the Oregon Ballet Theater, the Oregon Symphony “Young Artists Debut”, Peter Schickele’s “PDQ plays PDX” orchestra, the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, as well as at the Portland SummerFest, the AstoriaMusic Festival, and the 2009 Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival, while serving as Principal Bass Clarinetist for the Vancouver Symphony since the 2008/09 season.
Barbara Heilmair’s numerous performances at venues abroad include her 2009 appearances at the “University of Melbourne” and at the “Monash University” in Melbourne, Australia. As a dedicated chamber musician, she has played with local ensembles and with various ensembles in Western Europe, China, and Japan.
Dr. Heilmair has performed and presented at several conference meetings, including the 2009 Portland Clarinet Symposium, the 2009 College Music Society’s National Conference, and the 2008 Oregon Music Educator’s Association Conference.
As a scholar, Dr.Heilmair specializes in working with original manuscripts, creating new editions, and researching Romantic composer Robert Fuchs, whose Clarinet Quintet she rediscovered and premiered in the US. The "Clarinet & Saxophone" magazine has covered some of her publications in fall 2004. Barbara Heilmair holds Diplomas in Clarinet Performance and in Instrumental Pedagogy from the University of Music and Performing Arts "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, along with M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from UCLA. The artists who influenced her most through their teaching were Gary Gray (LA Chamber Orchestra), Rolf Weber (Bavarian State Theater), Michele Zukovsky (LA Philharmonic), and Karl-Heinz Steffens (Berlin Philharmonic). She also studied in master classes withMitchell Lurie, Eddie Daniels, Ricardo Morales, Monica Kaenzig, Alois Brandhofer, Eduard Brunner, François Benda, and Milan Turkovich.
A native of Germany, Dr.Heilmair is familiar with both the French and the German clarinet systems. She is fluent in English, German and French. Several prizes and scholarships, such as the UCLA Fund for Excellence Stipend, the UCLA Regent's Stipend, and awards from publisher C.F.Peters/ Frankfurt and composer Harald Genzmer, have supported her studies and work.
Barbara Heilmair enjoys working with clarinet ensembles of all sizes.