Joel Robertson is an accomplished clarinetist and pianist, based in Toronto, Ontario. Born and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, Joel has been performing and studying music since the age of 6, and hopes to share that love with his students.
At the age of 8, Joel began performing solos at the Sackville Music Festival, and eventually competing provincially on both instruments in middle and high school. Throughout middle and high school, Joel took weekly clarinet lessons with prof. Emeritus James Mark, as well as weekly piano lessons from Lynn Johnson, professor at Mount Allison
University. From the 9th to the 12th grade, Joel performed with the local Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, conducted by Prof. James Kalyn. Joel studied clarinet performance at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of music under Jana Starling, from 2018 to 2022. At Western, Joel has performed as first clarinet in the Western
University Symphonic Orchestra, and as concertmaster with the Western University Wind Ensemble. Joel is also among the first recipients of the Young-Ja Park chamber music award, and a multiple time Western University concerto competition finalist. Joel has performed with London’s Light of East Ensemble, a professional group specializing in folk music of Saphartic, Arabic, Turkish and Greek origin. Joel has been an active teacher for years, teaching a variety of ages and skill levels.
In 2021, Joel had the opportunity to teach internationally at the International Music Festival in Loja, Ecuador. Currently, Joel teaches clarinet and piano in the Toronto area, and performs locally.