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William Amsel*

William Amsel*
William Amsel*

Joined the RPO in 2012

William Amsel joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as second and e-flat clarinet in the fall of 2012. Previously, he held the position of principal clarinet of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. He has also performed as guest principal clarinet with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony, and was recently appointed as a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Amsel has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Sarasota Music Festival, and with the Borromeo String Quartet. He spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize, and also participated in the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aspen Music Festival, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

A native of Austin, Texas, Amsel is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Thomas Martin. He also completed a master’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he studied with Ricardo Morales.

Photo: Lydia Bittner-Baird

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