The Pauls Foundation Clarinet Chair
Brian Gnojek is a freelance clarinetist and teacher in Austin, Texas. He recently held a position as co-principal and Eb clarinetist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has performed as a substitute musician with the Austin, Houston, and Fort Worth, Kansas City, and New World symphonies, and the New Jersey-based Symphony in C. In 2010, Mr. Gnojek was selected by unanimous vote as the winner of the Orchestral Audition Competition held by the International Clarinet Association. Mr. Gnojek has performed as a solo and chamber artist in the Kansas City, Chicago, and New York City areas, including recitals as a guest artist at the University of Kansas. During his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, Brian performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Brian is passionate about musical outreach, within his own communities and internationally. He participated in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s MusiCorps woodwind quintet, through which he played dozens of educational concerts at schools and parks throughout the city of Chicago for audiences that did not normally have access to classical music. He has also performed similar programs for schools in New York City, and has expanded his outreach teaching with projects in the Philippine, India, and East Africa. Brian earned a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota.