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 Asia. An avid orchestral musician, he currently serves as 2nd clarinet with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, he has been an associate clarinetist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and is featured on numerous Met radio and HD video broadcasts and recordings including the Met Opera Grammy-winning productions of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Thomas Ades’ The Tempest. Pavel Vinnitsky appeared as a guest clarinetist with 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 will be featured as a soloist in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto for their 2018-19 season  opening night.

In demand as chamber musician, Pavel Vinntsky is a founding member of the ClariAnna Duo that features his wife, the concert pianist Anna Vinnitsky. He also performed with the Met Chamber Players at their Carnegie Hall series as well as with the 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 Vinntsky 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.

His discography includes recordings for 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, where he was a winner of numerous national young artist competitions. In 1990 he immigrated to Israel with his family where he was a member of the internationally acclaimed klezmer trio "Magalnyk". In 2003 Pavel Vinnitsky 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.