Clarinetist Angela Shankar has been balancing a career in both performance and education for the past 12 years in New York. In addition to performing regularly with The Chelsea Symphony, she is a member of Reeds Amis, a reed trio specializing in the music of the late female French composer, Fernande Decruck. You can see and hear Angela on the Golden Globe winning television series Mozart in the Jungle, including a solo passage from Messiaen's Abîme des oiseaux from the Quartet for the End of Time in Episode 7 of Season 3, which was filmed on Rikers Island. A deeply moving experience, she has since worked behind the scenes with TCS to establish a chamber music program on Rikers with the support of the Department of Corrections.
Angela performed the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto with The Garden State Philharmonic in April 2018 and with The Chelsea Symphony in celebration of their 10th anniversary season in October 2015. In May 2012, Angela premiered “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra” with TCS by composer Seth Bedford.
She received a B.A. in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She’s currently completing a second masters degree in Multiple Woodwinds at NJCU where she’s studying jazz, improvisation, flute, saxophones and bassoon.
When Angela isn’t performing, studying, or teaching, she’s likely busy chasing after her three boys, Matteo, Rohan, and Eddie!