Aspen Music Festival And School

Michael Rusinek Back To Performers

Instrumental Focus

  • clarinet

Michael Rusinek joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1998 as principal clarinet. He has also performed as principal clarinet with the orchestras of Philadelphia and St. Louis, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada; and as assistant principal clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

In 2008 Mr. Rusinek premiered a new concerto by Alan Fletcher with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has performed as a soloist and recitalist throughout Canada, the United States, and Israel, including appearances with the Belgrade and Czech philharmonics and the Toronto Symphony. 

In 1985 Mr. Rusinek received the grand prize in the International Clarinet Society competition. He returns regularly to the Grand Teton, Santa Fe Chamber, and Aspen music festivals. He has also participated in the Tanglewood and Marlboro festivals and toured with the acclaimed Musicians from Marlboro. 

Mr. Rusinek is on the music faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and joined the Curtis faculty in 2012.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO