38th Northern Alberta

Concerto Competition

Winner, Woodwinds

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Cristian Kasinski began his clarinet and musical experience at the age of 10 in school. His natural ability quickly led to private instruction at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music with instructor Christopher Wolfe where he developed his love for music.

While in high school, Cristian became a regular award winner at the Saskatchewan Music Festival.


He enjoyed playing with the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra where he really became passionate about classical music.  Always looking for a venue to perform, he also played in the University of Regina Wind Ensemble, several community ensembles and enjoyed opportunities to perform solo works.


In 2012 he began private studies with Master Clarinetist Naoum Goman in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he traveled regularly for lessons. He continued to study with Mr. Goman throughout his third year as an honour student in the Bachelor of Music Performance studies at University.


Cristian will be graduating with his Bachelor of Music Performance from the U of A this spring and studies with the principal clarinet of the ESO, Julianne Scott. He plays in the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, is section leader of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and plays in various community ensembles and personal recitals.

Although classical music is his passion, Cristian really enjoys playing Klezmer when the opportunity presents itself. Chamber music is just as important to Cristian as solo performance. In summer 2018, Cristian and his chamber ensemble; The ‘Adventure Trio’, placed third at the National Music Festival in New Brunswick. Future studies will include a Masters in Performance and possibly more. Cristian was the winner of the University of Alberta Concerto Competition 2018/2019 and has soloed with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra.

In the summer to support his music endeavours, Cristian works as a Lifeguard and swim instructor and enjoys being back at home with his family. When not working or practicing, Cristian enjoys going on long bicycle rides on city and country roads to keep fit.