William Amsel

William Amsel

November 12, 2019

William Amsel was appointed principal clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2017-2018 season. Previously, he was second and Eb clarinetist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, principal clarinetist of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and has been a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 2016. He has performed with many orchestras across the country, including as guest principal with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony. An accomplished chamber musician, he has performed with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Buffalo Chamber Players, Marlboro Music Festival, and with the Borromeo String Quartet, among others. He has also performed internationally, most recently with the Buffalo Philharmonic Wind Octet during the BPO’s 2018 tour of Poland. Originally from Austin, Texas, he is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Thomas Martin; and received a master’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, studying with Ricardo Morales. He spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize, and was also a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aspen Music Festival, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. In addition to teaching privately, he is currently on faculty at Buffalo State College, and has given masterclasses throughout western New York, the US, and abroad. He lives in North Buffalo with his wife, bassoonist Rose Vrbsky, and their daughter Penelope.