Johansen-Livengood Trio: classical piano, clarinet and viola
Lee Livengood: Clarinet / Bass Clarinet: Lee Livengood is currently clarinetist and bass clarinetist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra and past President of the International Clarinet Association. Prior to his appointment in Utah, he was a member of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. He received a Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Stanley Hasty, and a Master's Degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with Mitchell Lurie. He has played with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Round Top Music Festival, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival (Italy), and locally in the Nova and the Intermezzo Chamber Music Series.
In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Livengood is well known as a mouthpiece maker and refacer, with clients throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. When not performing in the Utah Symphony or refacing mouthpieces, Lee enjoys time in the outdoors with his wife and two boys, drinking great coffee, and playing the electric bass.
Carl Johansen: Viola: Violist Carl Johansen was born in New York City and grew up around the US, ending up in Juneau, Alaska. He went to college at Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon, where he changed his major to music his sophomore year. After getting his Master's degree at Manhattan School of Music, and while working on a doctorate that he never finished, he got a job in the City Symphony of Barcelona (Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya). After 8 years there he returned to the states with a wife and baby, going to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for two years, then the Rochester Philharmonic for two years; then he won a job with the Utah Symphony, where he has been for the last 10 years. His wife is now an economics professor at UVU, and the baby is in high school.
In Utah Carl renewed his interests in skiing, motorcycle riding and paragliding. When he is not practicing, rehearsing or taking a nap, he can often be found in the Utah mountains doing one of those three things. Carl began playing trios with Lee and Melissa since shortly after arriving in Utah. He first met Melissa his freshman year of college at Willamette, and was already becoming friends with Lee when he discovered that Lee had married his old college friend some years before. Carl's daughter began piano lessons with Melissa at the beginning of that school year, and continued studying with her for as long as she played piano.
Melissa Livengood: Piano: Melissa Livengood earned degrees in Art History and Piano from Willamette University, a Masters in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon, and a DMA in Piano from the Catholic University of America. As a recipient of a Rotary Scholarship, she studied piano in Belgium. Before moving to Utah, Melissa taught piano and theory at Armstrong Atlantic State University, was staff accompanist at Georgia Southern University, and played keyboard for the Savannah Symphony. She now makes her home in Utah, maintaining a piano studio, and working as a freelance vocal accompanist at the University of Utah. She has performed with the Park City Music Festival, and often appears with her husband, clarinetist Lee Livengood.