Motif: Clarinet

There are those moments in life one can never mistaken for something lesser than exceptional. One of these rare occasions will undoubtedly be the upcoming performance by two of the foremost chamber musicians on the current European cultural scene – the brilliant British clarinettist with a starry last name Sasha Rattle and his remarkable partner on stage and in life, the Turkish pianist Zeynep Özsuca. A celebration for the soul, the penultimate Motif concert for the season will include music by Saint-Saëns, Martinu, Schumann, Brahms and others and will start exactly at 7:30 p.m. on May 13th at the Bulgaria Chamber Music Hall.

The Performers

Rattle Özsuca Duo

Photos by Hugh Warwick

Zeynep and Sacha first met in 2005 in Oberlin Conservatory, studying the Mozart Kegelstatt Trio with Professor Roger Chase. Since then, they have been performing together regularly, both as a duo and in larger ensemble formations.

They both moved to Berlin to study respectively, and here they founded their chamber ensemble ‘Berlin Counterpoint’, with whom they have had numerous performances and in 2014, released their debut album.

As a duo, they have performed on a wide range of stages, including prominent venues such as Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Würzburg Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Teatro Villamarta Jerez, Fundatión Juan March in Madrid and the Berlin Philharmonie.

They have also worked in some smaller, more intimate situations, such as the Vortex jazz club in London, and Klasik Keyifler festival in Cappadocia, Turkey, doing education work with young musicians, as well as recitals. Regarding education, the duo has also been involved with the El Sistema organisation in Venezuela, as well as an off shoot in Istanbul called Music for Peace, and some education work around Germany.

The duo has worked closely with a few living composers, most notably having works dedicated to them respectively by Kamran Ince and Mark Mellits.

In 2014, Sacha and Zeynep got married in Potsdam, Germany, and are now happily living together in London.

The Programme

Camille Saint-Saëns

Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, op. 167

I. Allegretto

II. Allegro animato

III. Lento

IV. Molto allegro – Allegretto

Heinrich Josef Baermann

Adagio for clarinet and piano

Robert Schumann

Fantasiestucke, op. 73

I. Zart und mit Ausdruck (“Tender and with expression”)
II. Lebhaft, leicht (“Lively, light”)
III. Rasch und mit Feuer (“Quick and with fire”)


Bohuslav Martinu

Sonatina for clarinet and piano

Gabriel Pierné

Canzonetta, op. 19

Johannes Brahms
Sonata for clarinet and piano No. 2 in E-flat Major, op. 120, No. 2
I. Allegro amabile
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante con moto – Allegro


  • SMART tickets – BGN 10.00 (minimum two tickets)
  • Standard ticket – BGN 20.00 (online here or at Bulgaria Hall’s ticket office)
  • Student tickets – BGN 5.00 (at the door only when seats available)

Our Partners

Minkov Brothers winery will complement all guests with a glass of their sublime wines during the break between the two parts of Motif: Clarinet. The project’s partners are also: Sofia Philharmony,, SofiaLive, Grazia, FunBook, Catch’ A maK restaurantVila Agency.