William Amsel Principal

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.