I teach clarinet fundamentals, solfege, and musicianship to students of all ages. My studio includes beginners, professionals, every age and level. We enjoy exploring music and the craft of clarinet playing. I use simple to understand pedagogy techniques that help overcome technical problems and instill strong fundumentals.
This enables students to enjoy clarinet. I want them to fall in love with playing music, that is the strategy. Fees are comparable to other instructors in the area, maybe even lower than some others.
Sergei Vassiliev recently founded Educational Partnerships Immersive Concerts (EPIC) - a ‘non-stuffy’ classical concert series that received Peak Arts Prize upon its inception in 2020 and has been described by the Colorado Springs Gazette as “not your parents’ classical music series”. EPIC has enjoyed a consistent confluence of world-class talent such as principal musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Paris National Opera Orchestra. More information about EPIC can be found at epicmustsee.org.
Vassiliev has served as principal clarinetist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. Sergei appeared in the US and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. Vassiliev performed chamber music at Chatter, Festival Mozaic, Colorado College Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Sarasota Festival, and Green Box Arts Festival. Sergei held principal clarinet positions with Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, and Boise Philharmonic, performed as guest principal at the Music in the Mountains Festival, and has performed with Houston, Colorado Symphonies, and many other symphony orchestras. In 2019, he was honored to be featured in the “Signature Series” with the CSPO where he played the role of artistic director and soloist.
Sergei maintains a sought-after teaching studio in Colorado Springs and serves on the faculties of the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He has presented masterclasses at the University of Connecticut, the University of Tennessee, and the Kharkiv Conservatory in Ukraine. Vassiliev's principal teachers are Yehuda Gilad, Richard Hawkins, Fred Ormand, and Michael Webster.
He holds degrees and awards from the University of Michigan, Rice University, and the University of Southern California. Sergei is a D’Addario Artist.