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Michelle Hromin is a Croatian-American multidisciplinary artist, specializing in contemporary clarinet performance, writing, and curation. She uses mediums such as spoken word, electronics, and improvisation in her artistic practice to explore her identity, heritage, and human relationships.
Recent engagements include touring “A Steve Reich Celebration” with the Colin Currie Group in Japan and across the US and performing at the BBC Proms. As an in-demand clarinetist, she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tokyo Opera City, Iklectik, and Cafe Oto and worked with groups such as eighth blackbird, English National Opera, London Mozart Players, Fifth House Ensemble, Lisa Bielawa’s Broadcast from Here series, Audentia Ensemble, and International Contemporary Ensemble.
An advocate for new music, Michelle has commissioned and performed dozens of new works, including as a 2022 Fellow with Bang on a Can and 2023 eighth black Creative Lab Fellow. Her 2021 performance project Kalendar: 12 Miniatures for 2021 brought awareness to her Croatian heritage through improv-based clarinet works informed by the months of the Slavic calendar. The two-volume EP was self-released on Bandcamp.
Michelle is the Artistic Director of standard issue, a new music collective aiming to explore the archetypal boundaries within music and its culture. She performs, curates, and commissions new works with the group to promote experimental music accessibility and inclusivity.
As a writer, she enjoys analyzing human connection and emotion within today's creative ecosystem. She is a contributing writer for I Care If You Listen, Which Sinfonia, New Music Box, and runs a blog called About That.