ROBIN SELETSKY

Clarinetist Robin Seletsky is a classically trained performer who is equally at  home with the klezmer style.  She lives in upstate New York and is currently the principal clarinetist with the Glimmerglass Opera Festival.  She is a graduate of  the New England Conservatory and later attended the Juilliard School.  In 2008 she was cited by the New York Times for her work with the Glimmerglass Opera, “Robin Seletsky, the principal clarinetist, blew a jazzy solo onstage during ‘Too  Darn Hot’…and offered stylish solos from the pit.” Although she grew up with the sounds of klezmer from listening to her father,  Harold Seletsky (“The Prez of Klez”), it wasn’t until the midst of the revival that  she began her own exploration into this style of music.  She has performed extensively, around the country and as far away as India, as both a klezmer soloist and as a member of her klezmer ensemble, Big Galute www.biggalute.com  

Her newest venture includes a series of programs for klezmer and symphony orchestra.  Robin has appeared as a soloist in these programs with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Utica and Catskill Symphony Orchestras. In addition to her professional performing work Robin is a instructor of clarinet at Hartwick College www.hartwick.edu and SUNY Oneonta.  She has given lectures and master classes at many academic institutions including Skidmore College, Sonoma State University, Binghamton University and Hartwick College.  She is the music director at Temple Beth El in Oneonta NY and her professional affiliations include memberships with the International Clarinet Association, the Guild of Temple Musicians, and the American Federation of Musicians