Director of the Educational Outreach Program in the Arts at 92nd Street Y, Larisa Gelman designs and implements innovative and effective arts-in-education programs, with the objective of ensuring a place for dance, music, visual art and the theater arts in the core curriculum of public schools. One of the largest arts-in-education programs in New York City, 92Y serves over 6,000 elementary and middle school students annually.
Equally accomplished as a classical bassoonist, Ms. Gelman has established herself as an exceptional and dynamic performer in the United States and abroad. In recent seasons she was featured as a soloist with the Brooklyn Symphony performing Richard Strauss "Duo Concertante" and with the Broadway Bach Ensemble performing Vivaldi and Weber Concertos. Ms. Gelman's solo concerts have included Carnival in Caroline, MD; Impromptu Concerts, Key West, FL; Mozart Festival at World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA; West Chester University, PA; and Queens College, NYC, at the Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI; Juneau Jazz and Classics in Juneau, Alaska, The Encore Programs at Elmira College, NY, as well as the acclaimed recital at the Caramoor Music Festival. Ms. Gelman attended the Pacific Music Festival in Japan as well as the Colorado, Tanglewood, and Aspen festivals, and recorded the American première of Kurt Weill's opera Die Burgschaft for the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. under Julius Rudel for the EMI label.