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August 18, 2013
The Artists of Big Galut(e)
Photograph of Big Galut(e)  

Big Galut(e) (left to right): Mark Rubinstein, Michael Leopold, Sasha Margolis, Robin Seletsky and Richard Sosinsky.


Photograph of clarinetist Robin Seletsky

Robin Seletsky

Clarinetist Robin Seletsky is a classically-trained performer equally at home with the klezmer style. She grew up listening to her father, Harold Seletsky, “The Prez of Klez,” but it wasn’t until the midst of the klezmer revival that she began her own exploration into this style of music.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Ms. Seletsky lives in upstate New York and is currently principal clarinetist with the Glimmerglass Festival and the Binghamton Philharmonic. She teaches at Hartwick College and at SUNY Oneonta, and is Music Director at Temple Beth El in Oneonta, NY.

In 2008 she was cited by The New York Times for her work with Glimmerglass Opera: “Robin Seletsky, the principal clarinetist, blew a jazzy solo onstage during Too Darn Hot. . .and offered stylish solos from the pit.”

Read more about Ms. Seletsky at her Web site


Photograph of violinist Sasha Margolis

Sasha Margolis

Sasha Margolis is a versatile violinist well-versed in classical, klezmer, new, early and jazz music. Praised by The Washington Post for his “incisive, vibrato-rich tone,” he has performed chamber music in Italy, Japan, and throughout the U.S., including a concert for President Zeman of the Czech Republic at the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C.

On a lighter note, Mr. Margolis appeared as a strolling violinist on ABC’s Lost, played for the wedding of NBA star Grant Hill, and sang for the rock band Kandru. His short story “The Fallen Cone” was shortlisted by the Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Competition. He has also written for Opera America Magazine.

Currently, Sasha Margolis spends his summers at the Glimmerglass Festival, and was a longtime member of the Honolulu Symphony. He has played klezmer music since childhood.



Photograph of Michael Leopold, lute

Michael Leopold

Michael Leopold holds degrees in historical plucked instruments from Sacramento State University (1998) and in lute and theorbo from L’Instituto di Musica Antica of the Accademia Internazionale della Musica (2004) in Milan, Italy.

Originally from northern California, he continues to reside in Milan and performs both as a soloist and as an accompanist throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Chile, Mexico and the United States.

Mr. Leopold can be heard in recordings on the Stradivarius, Glossa, Naïve and Naxos labels.

Photograph of Mark Rubinstein, lute

Mark Rubinstein
Accordion and piano

Mark Rubinstein’s wide range of interests, his insatiable curiosity, and the unusual scope of his abilities have combined to generate a unique and diverse musical career. Mark’s main instrument is piano, but he has played drums in punk bands, electric bass in salsa groups, and accordion in settings ranging from symphone orchestras to avant-garde theatre pieces.

His interest in ethnic music has led him to seek out performance opportunities in Greek, French, German, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Brazilian and traditional Jewish music.

Mr. Rubinstein’s work as a recording engineer has led to Grammy nominations and platinum records for his clients, and his productions are noed for their clarity of sound and attention to detail.

Mark Rubinstein is currently the Audio Engineer for the School of Music at the Ohio State University, where he teaches classes in audio recording, oversees recording activities for the school, and collaborates in the development of curriculum for the Music, Media and Enterprise program.


Photograph of Richard Sosinsky, double bass

Richard Sosinsky
Double Bass

Richard Sosinsky, double bass, is active as a chamber musician, orchestral bass player, and with cutting-edge jazz and new music groups. He has performed with Newband (custodians of the Harry Partch collection of instruments), Washington Square Chamber Music Society and New York Philomusica.

In Martha Clarke’s “KAOS,” he played bass, mandocello, banjo, jaw harp and percussion.

As an orchestral player he is a member of the American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic and Riverside Symphony. Mr. Sosinsky also performs with American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony and Opera Orchestra of New York.


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