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Gili Sharett

  • Degrees and StudiesDMA State University of New York, Stony Brook 2005; MM State University of New York, Stony Brook 1999; BA, Magna Cum Laude, Rubin Academy, Tel Aviv 1995
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2016
Born in: Tel Aviv, Israel

Performances and Distinctions:
Performed with the Israel Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New Jersey Symphony, and Encores! at City Center. An experienced chamber musician who has performed classical, jazz, and 20th-century works. Dr. Sharett is a member of Ariel Winds, an all-female woodwind quintet. Broadway performances include The King and I, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Beauty and the Beast, 110 in the Shade, South Pacific, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Lincoln Center’s productions of The Frogs and The Light in the Piazza, winner of eight Tony awards and cast album Grammy nomination, for which she also played the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast. She currently performs in the orchestra for The Phantom of The Opera. Festival appearances include the Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), Winter in Jerusalem (Israel), Vermont Mozart Festival, and Bard SummerScape (New York). Honors include an America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award (1993–1995), and she played a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005. Her teachers include Mordechai Rechtman, Kim Laskowski, Arlen Fast, Frank Morelli, Lenny Hindell, and Dennis Godburn. As an active educator, Sharett has performed for the New York Philharmonic Education series KidZone, Young Audiences, Midori and Friends, and the 92nd Street Y. She has taught at Hartwick Music Festival in Oneonta and the Brevard Music Center, and is currently on the faculties of Queens College, The Bloomingdale School of Music, in addition to The Music Conservatory of Westchester. Sharett has recorded on the Nonesuch, Naïve, and Tzadik labels.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "My driving force is to show the next generation of bassoonists how to to create a beautiful tone and share true musical expression. I think it’s important that studying is enjoyable yet concise in order for my student to learn proper technique and the tools to create fantastic musicianship."