Robin Seletsky, Klezmer clarinet
Clarinetist Robin Seletsky is a multi-faceted performer with interests in the classical music world as well as folk and avant-garde styles. After graduating from New England Conservatory she attended the Juilliard School and for many years was Principal Clarinetist with the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. In 2008 she was cited by the New York Times for her work with Glimmerglass: "Robin Seletsky, the principal clarinetist, blew a jazzy solo onstage during "Too Darn Hot"...and offered stylish solos from the pit."
Robin is equally at home with the klezmer style. She grew up listening to her father, the renowned clarinetist/composer Harold Seletsky (the "The Prez of Klez"), and has since found her own voice in this Eastern European folk style. She has performed around the country and as far away as India both as a klezmer soloist and as a member of her ensemble, Big Galut(e). Her popular YouTube tutorials and livestreamed master classes have helped students around the world become accomplished klezmer musicians. She has given live master classes at colleges and universities including Skidmore, Sonoma State, Hartwick and SUNY Binghamton, and her recordings and original compositions have been featured on NPR programs. Additionally, several of her compositions served as the inspiration for choreography by the St. Louis Ballet and the Vassar Dance Repertory Company.
Robin is on the teaching staff at Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta where she conducts the woodwind ensemble and has an active clarinet studio. Professional affiliations include memberships in the International Clarinet Society and the American Federation of Musicians. Robin can be found on the web at: www.robinseletsky.com where she blogs regularly and monthly livestreamed klezmer master classes YouTube channel which features Robin's series of Tutorials "Learning to Play Klezmer", "Learn Extreme High Notes", and many other resources for clarinetists. Facebook