Roi Karni


Roi Karni

Roi Karni is a clarinetist from Jerusalem.
He is a graduate of The Juilliard School (M.M), where he studied under the guidance of Prof. Charles Neidich. He performs on all the instruments of the clarinet family and has played in the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Wind Orchestra, and the New Juilliard Ensemble for contemporary music.

After successfully winning an audition in October 2023, Roi will start playing as principal clarinetist of the Detroit Opera. In the summer of 2024, Roi is going to participate in the prestigious Norfolk festival of chamber music, based in Yale University.

Roi has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Paul Hall, Morse Hall, Chelsea Factory, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
He has performed in the Sonatenabend concert series, Juilliard’s Chamberfest, and collaborated with the Drama Department on the production of the play ‘Indecent’ by Paula Vogel.

Roi started playing the clarinet when he was eight. Since then, he has been awarded first prize in several competitions, such as the Lowell chamber orchestra concerto competition, Alexander Fiterstein’s International Workshop Buffet Crampon competition, ‘Dina Turgeman’ Chamber Music Competition (Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance), 'Kfar Saba' Woodwind Competition, ‘Elma Arts Center’ Competition awarded by the Ministry of Education of Israel.

Roi graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music (B.M) and was chosen for the Nazarian Chamber Music program with a full scholarship. He has played many solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts on stages throughout Israel, including live broadcasts. He also appeared in music festivals in Europe, such as the Spivakov Festival in Moscow, Russia, the opening ceremony of the Dresden Synagogue, Klezmer Festival in Jerusalem, and ISA festival in Austria.

In 2018 Roi starred in a documentary series about young classical musicians that was broadcasted on the popular television channel "Kan".
Roi was a member of the prestigious Goldman Program for Outstanding Young Musicians in Israel, and has participated in master classes and lessons with leading musicians such as Sharon Kam, Yehuda Gilad, Alexander Fiterstein, Zvi Plesser, Kyril Zlotnikov, Menahem Pressler, Robert Levin, Benjamin Zander, and many others. Roi was also a member of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Roi is a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship since 2013. He is supported by the Ronen Foundation of America.
As a curious musician, Roi plays many different styles of music, including performing on period instruments, Klezmer and jazz. He collaborates with dancers, actors, and also composes his own music.