Pavel Vinnitsky Clarinetist

"In more ways than one, clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky reminded me of a younger version of Benny Goodman. He presented a medley of klezmer tunes, alternating between emotional highs and lows creating an amazing display of vocal variety. With the wide range of tones and timbres he coaxed from his reed, I could easily imagine many dialogues, chortling, wailing, or dancing"   - Connecticut Post



"Pavel Vinnitsky can “involve” the audience in a musical story like Scheherazade. I have not heard such an absorbing and clearly lead musical narration for a long time." 

-Polish Daily News


Clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky has gained his international acclaim through numerous solo, chamber music and orchestral appearances in the US, Europe and Israel. An avid orchestral musician, he performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City and is featured on numerous Met radio and HD video broadcasts, including Metropolitan Opera's Grammy-winning Ring cycle recording. He also appeared as a guest clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera and Ballet orchestras and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra (ABT). He also holds positions of principal clarinet with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut and with the Broadway musical revival Les Miserables.


In demand as chamber musician, Pavel Vinntsky is a member of the Memling Ensemble and ClariAnna Duo and appears frequently with the Met Chamber Players at their Carnegie Hall series, Wind Soloists of New York, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble and is on the artists roster of many international chamber music festivals.


Dedicated educator and woodwind clinician, Pavel has conducted master-classes at universities and music schools nation-wide. He is on the faculty at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development as well as at Roundtop Festival Institute in Texas.


His discography includes recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon, New World and Bridge Records labels, numerous broadcasts on WQXR, CBS, Israeli National TV and Bavarian Radio as well as major motion picture soundtracks.


Pavel began his clarinet studies in his Native Ukraine (former Soviet Union), where he was winner of numerous national young artist competitions. In 1990 he immigrated to Israel with his family where he appeared with orchestras and chamber music ensembles and was a member of internationally acclaimed klezmer trio "Magalnyk". In 2003 Pavel made New York City his home. He holds degrees in clarinet performance from Tel-Aviv University and Yale University School of Music. His principal teachers were David Shifrin, Richard Lesser and Boris Fisherman.