Michael Brignolo is an active clarinetist throughout the Pioneer Valley, teaching students of all levels and performing with various ensembles. He is currently on the music faculty of Mount Holyoke College and Westfield State University. In addition to solo and chamber music, he performs frequently as principal clarinetist with The Valley Winds (winners of the 2016- 2017 American Prize in Wind Band Performance) and is a regular member of the Panopera Orchestra. A graduate of the UMass Amherst, he was awarded the prestigious Howard Lebow Memorial Scholarship for demonstrating the highest standards of artistic achievement and participation in the life of the Music Department, and a winner of the University’s Concerto Competition. His principal teachers include Michael Sussman and Steven Jackson. With an emphasis on theory and composition during his undergraduate studies, he also enjoys composing and arranging music. Most recently, The Valley Winds performed the world premiere of his wind band transcription of the first movement from Witold Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 1.