Roman Fukshansky - Berkeley Symphony

Roman Fukshansky

Clarinet — Principal


Principal Clarinetist of the Berkeley Symphony, Roman Fukshansky holds the same post with Symphony Napa Valley, appears regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera orchestras, and performs with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Additionally, Roman can be heard throughout the greater Bay Area performing with virtually all of the region’s professional orchestras.

An avid chamber musician, Roman is co-founder of Ensemble San Francisco, and has appeared with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the French Music Festival, Espressivo Ensemble and others.

As an educator Roman is on the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory’s Pre-College Division and University of California Santa Cruz.

Roman is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (BM), University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (MM), and the Manhattan School of Music (Postgraduate Studies in Orchestral Performance). His principal teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Mark Nuccio, David Neuman, and Luis Baez.


  • Hometown: St. Petersburg
  • Started playing at age 6
  • Started playing with Berkeley Symphony in 2008
  • Favorite composers: Hard to name just one, top picks: Bach, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Beethoven.
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  • Favorite Bay Area activities: Sleeping. Biking in the Foothills on the Peninsula.
  • Recent reading: “How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7” 
  • Recent listening: “Fake News” on NPR