I particularly like the "dark" sound color I get from Rico reeds (GCS Evolution and Reserve Classic, and even Rico Royal for the less played clarinets) without losing projection nor homogeneity. Furthermore I always can find 7-8 playable reeds in a box thanks to higher quality and better calibration. I trust my Rico reeds.
KYRILL RYBAKOV graduated with honors from the Paris Conservatory of Music, the Moscow State Conservatory P.I.Tchaikovsky and the Musikhochschule of Freiburg. He studied clarinet performance with Ivan Mozovenko in Russia, Michel Arrignon and Richard Vieille in France, Wolfgang Meyer and Jörg Widmann in Germany, Thomas Friedli in Switzerland and Charles Neidich in the USA. He won first prizes at the Moscow Clarinet Competition, the chamber music competition in Baden-Wuertemberg (Germany), as well as the “Grand Prix” at the international music competition in Ukraine. Kyrill Rybakov is in demand as international guest artist with the finest soloists and ensembles. He recently appeared with Terry Riley, Alexei Lubimov, Marielle Nordmann, Alexander Rudin, Andres Mustonen, and Alexei Volodin and had collaborations with the Minguet” and the “Salagon” String Quartets, as well as orchestras such as the “Sinfonica Varsovia” and the “Philharmonic of Ekaterinburg” (Russia). These past few years, Kyrill Rybakov was invited in prestigious festivals including the “Chamber music Festival” in Kuhmo (Finland), “Tallinna Barokkmuusika Festival” (Estonia), “Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci” (Poland), “Oude Muziek Festival“ Utrecht (Holland), , Festival „Culturscapes“ Basel (Switzerland), or in Germany at the „ECLAT“ Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart, „Schleswig-Holstein music festival“ or “Berliner Festspiele“ Since 2003 he is a professor of clarinet at the Moscow State Conservatory P.I.Tchaikovsky.