Dr. Anastasia Bonotto is a Romanian-American clarinetist who currently resides in mid-Michigan. She enjoys a varied musical career as an orchestral and chamber musician, educator, and nonprofit professional. She has performed with orchestras such as the Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony and Ann Arbor Symphony. Through her chamber playing, she won the Verdehr Trio Endowment and developed a number of educational residencies in collaboration with public schools and local venues in an effort to make classical music more engaging and accessible. Because of her experience and success, she was invited to co-present with Michigan State University faculty at the Michigan Music Conference on the topic of Artist Residency Programs, along with her group, Verdant Winds.
Currently, Anastasia is the clarinet instructor at Albion and Alma colleges while maintaining a private studio in the Lansing area. She is also the Development and Marketing Manager with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Previous engagements include instructor at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School and teaching assistant at both Michigan State University, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Enrichment Fellowship, and Miami University (OH). Her primary teachers include Guy Yehuda, Michele Gingras, Keith Koons, and Elsa Verdehr.
As an advocate of the Romanian culture, Anastasia has written extensively on the topic of Romanian clarinet music. Her article Contemporary Romanian Clarinet Music: Hidden Gems in Our Repertoire was published in The Clarinet journal. In the summer of 2018 she traveled back to Romania where, along with her husband, she performed a series of recitals featuring music by both Romanian and American composers.
When not working or playing the clarinet, Anastasia enjoys baking, staying active, and traveling the world with her husband, Alessandro.
D.M.A. Michigan State University
M.M. Miami University (OH)
B.M. University of Central Florida
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