Sean Krissman, Clarinet

Winner of the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize at the Tanglewood Music Center, clarinetist Sean Krissman currently serves as Principal Clarinet of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. During his tenure at HGO, Mr. Krissman completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University under the tutelage of Richie Hawley. Prior, he received his Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the University of Michigan as a student of Dan Gilbert and Chad Burrow.

In addition to performing with the New York Philharmonic and Houston Symphony, Mr. Krissman has attended various orchestral festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Music Academy of the West, the Banff Centre, National Repertory Orchestra, and AIMS Graz. Equally comfortable in a soloist capacity, Mr. Krissman has been featured as a concerto competition winner with the NRO, the University of Michigan Philharmonia, and the Cole Conservatory Symphony.

Beyond performance, Mr. Krissman holds a strong passion for music education and outreach. As a former Young Artist in Da Camera of Houston and member of Rice University’s JUMP! program, he frequently engages in numerous outreach initiatives in the greater Houston community. Mr. Krissman currently teaches at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and maintains a private clarinet studio.