Christian Schubert joined the Houston Symphony as Second Clarinetist in 1996, appointed by then music director Christoph Eschenbach. A native of Burbank, California, Mr. Schubert studied with Kalman Bloch (Principal Clarinet, Los Angeles Philharmonic) for seven years before moving to Chicago to study with Robert Marcellus at Northwestern University, where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance. As a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Mr. Schubert also studied with Larry Combs of the Chicago Symphony.
Sasha joined the Houston Symphony as Bass Clarinet/Utility in October 2012. A native of Ukraine, he moved with his family to Israel in 1991, where he attended the Rubin Jerusalem Academy of Music, while appearing as a regular substitute clarinetist with Israel Philharmonic. Sasha came to Houston in 1995 to study at Rice University, where he earned his Master of Music Degree in 1997.
Most recently, Sasha has appeared as substitute Principal Clarinet of the Alabama Symphony on their Carnegie Hall tour in Spring 2012. He has also performed as guest principal clarinet with the Kansas City Symphony and as a soloist with the Tel Aviv Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Sasha has participated in the Mozart, Bellingham, Blossom and Tanglewood music festivals.
Equally committed to teaching, Sasha maintains a large, private studio. His main teachers include David Peck and David Weber, with additional studies with Michael Wayne and Mark Nuccio on clarinet and Chester Rowell and Ben Freimuth on Bass Clarinet.
Mr. Potiomkin is a D'Addario Artist & Clinician and a Performing Artist/Clinician for Buffet Crampon.