Clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky has gained his acclaim through numerous solo, chamber music and orchestral appearances in the US, Europe and Israel. An avid orchestral musician, he is currently an associate clarinetist 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 appears as a guest clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra (ABT). In addition to that, Mr. Vinnitsky holds positions of principal clarinet with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut and with the Broadway musical revival of Les Misérables.
In demand as chamber musician, Pavel is a member of Le Train Blue, the Memling Ensemble and ClariAnna Duo and appears frequently with the Wind Soloists of New York, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Sylvan Winds and Wall Street Chamber Players.
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.
Dedicated educator and woodwind clinician, Pavel has conducted master-classes at universities and music schools nation-wide and is on the clarinet faculty at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
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 many Israeli orchestras and chamber music ensembles and was a member of internationally acclaimed klezmer trio "Magalnyk". In 2003 Mr. Vinnitsky made US his home.
Pavel 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.