Principal Clarinet of Symphoria, Allan Kolsky was born in Providence R.I., and held positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Utah Symphony before joining the Syracuse Symphony as Principal Clarinet in 2002. He appeared as soloist with the SSO in clarinet concertos by Mozart and Finzi. He has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Skaneateles Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and the Colorado Music Festival. In local recitals and chamber music, he has performed for Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Joyful Noise, and Syracuse OASIS. Civic Morning Musicals awarded him the 2011 CMM Award for Excellence in Music Performance in Central New York.
Mr. Kolsky holds performance degrees from Temple and DePaul Universities, where he studied with Anthony Gigliotti (Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and Larry Combs (Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony). His early teachers included Pasquale Cardillo and Frank Marinaccio. As a student, Kolsky won a Tanglewood Fellowship, performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and played in master classes coached by Robert Marcellus, David Shifrin and Harold Wright.
A co-host and featured performer at the 2001 conference of the International Clarinet Association, Kolsky taught clarinet for several years at the University of New Orleans. In 2006, he joined the Music Department at Hamilton College as an adjunct Lecturer in Clarinet.
In addition to music, Allan loves great literature, and his humorous, 500-word parody of William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” won the international 2001 Faux Faulkner Contest. He has also acted in several amateur Shakespeare productions with the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival. Allan is married to Ellen Somers, the Coordinator of Cognitive Health Services for the Centers at St. Camillus, in Syracuse.