William Amsel is the principal clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, appointed by
Music Director JoAnn Falletta during the 2017-2018 season. Previously, he was second and Eb
clarinet of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, principal clarinet of the Princeton Symphony
and Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and has also been a member of the Chautauqua Symphony
Orchestra since 2016. In addition, he has performed as substitute with a number of orchestras
across the country, including as guest principal clarinet with the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony.
As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Society
for Chamber Music in Rochester, Buffalo Chamber Players, Marlboro and Sarasota Music
Festivals, and with the Borromeo String Quartet, among others. 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 as a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aspen Music
Festival, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
A native of 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.
A native of Austin, Texas, Amsel is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. He received a master’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia.