AdZel Duo has brought their performances and masterclasses to Carnegie's Weil Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of Western Michigan, The International Clarinet Association Conference, The European Clarinet Conference, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Zodiac Festival, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, San Francisco Conservatory, University of Kansas, Rutgers School of Music and the Yale School of Music among others. Working with the leading voices of contemporary music such as Mohammed Fairouz, Jason Barabba, Annie Guzzo, Forrest Pierce, Beth Wiemann, and with future works by Valerie Coleman, Jennifer Bellor and Ingrid Stolzel, AdZel has created new dialogues in sound.


Their unique "informance" has been lauded as "truly inspiring" and "beautifully presented". Blending original music and spoken word, their concerts blend education and music into an modern language that embraces diversity in classical music.


Mariam Adam

“Mariam Adam plays with amazing versatility, yet beauty of sound"  -American Record Guide

Mariam Adam evoked human-sounded wailing, achingly-cool dance rhythms and uninhibited emotion…”     – Washington Post


MARIAM ADAM, born in Monterey, California to an Egyptian father and a Mexican mother, lives between New York and Paris, a composite of influences that has shaped her musicianship and collaborations worldwide. She has performed with Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Yo-Yo Ma, Eric le Sage, Claudio Bohorquez, Simon Shaheen, Kuss Quartet, Gil Kalish, Ann Marie-McDermott and in such venues and series as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Hall, Jordan Hall, Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, Wigmore Hall, Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Bremen Musikfest, Jazz a Marciac and France’s pre-eminent Folle Journee.  

A founding member of the Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet, Imani Winds, she maintained an active international touring schedule for over 15 years. The quintet is a pillar in the classical music community, unparalleled in developing the wind quintet to a new level through virtuosity, style, repertoire and engaging programs. 

Besides her career with Imani Winds, Mariam has been invited for solo recitals and chamber music concerts in such prestigious venues and festivals as Chamber Music Lincoln Center, Burlington’s Lane Series, Chamber Music Northwest, Skaneatles Festival, Chenango Festival, Fontana Arts, La Folle Journée Festival in Nantes, Théâtre de l’Archipel in Perpignan, Musica da Curitiba-Brazil, and various festivals and series in the United-States, Europe and South America. As a soloist, she has played with the Sacramento Symphony, the Monterey Symphony and the Appassionata Ensemble in France and the Singapore National Youth Symphony.  She has been a regular principal clarinetist with Chinese! in London performing with the orchestra and chamber music regular appearances on the BBC and BBC Proms.

 Her clarinet/piano duo TransAtlantic Ensemble, an official Steinway Ensemble, specializes in commissions of crossover styles, standard repertoire and presents their concerts in unique formats throughout Europe and the United-States with original works by Paquito D’Rivera, Miguel del Aguila and many more. In 2010 she started the AdZel Duo with clarinetist Stephanie Zelnick performing works celebrating their combined heritage from the Middle East.  Their music covers the conflicting yet homogenous cultures through special commissions and master classes on an international scale.

As an educator she has been invited to give master classes throughout the United States, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, London, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, France, China and Germany at the top conservatories.  She is currently Ensemble-In-Residence at the Mannes School of Music in New York with the Imani Winds.

 Mariam has recorded 7 albums with Imani Winds (Koch Classics, E1°) before being signed by EMI for their exciting wind quintet version of the Rite of Spring which was selected in 2013’s Best of iTunes. She can also be heard on Chick Corea’s “The Continents”, Wayne Shorter’s “Without a Net”, Steve Coleman’s “Ascension to Light” and Mohammed Fairouz ‘s “Native Informant”. TransAtlantic Ensemble will release it's newest CD with the Archive Label in 2016.

Mariam Adam is an exclusive Selmer Paris Artist on the Privilege series and has served as an advocate for the arts as Vice President of the Board for Chamber Music America.

Stephanie Zelnick

Stephanie Zelnick is fabulous...bringing her considerable all to focus in a

most rewarding performance-hopefully one that will inspire other clarinetists...”-Audiophile Audition

"Each note is shaped with care and warmth so that Zelnick's full range of color effortlessly shines through."

-The Clarinet


Hailed as “simply sublime” and “exquisite,” STEPHANIE ZELNICK

has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, 

throughout the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe to great 

critical acclaim. She is currently the Professor of Clarinet at the 

University of Kansas and principal clarinet of the Boulder Philharmonic 

Orchestra. She previously held principal clarinet positions in the Central 

City Opera, Mississippi Symphony, Prague Chamber Symphony, the 

Colorado Ballet, and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestras. In addition to her

tenured positions, Dr. Zelnick has appeared with various other orchestras 

including Colorado, Kansas City, Houston, Tallahassee, and Tucson 

Symphonies, as well as the Johann Strauss Opera in Vienna.

Dr. Zelnick has performed and taught extensively in Italy, France, England, 

Denmark, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Macedonia, 

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Costa Rica, Israel, Slovakia, Germany, and most 

recently at festivals and residencies in Brazil, Lithuania, Serbia, Romania, 

Colombia, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Taiwan. Recent performances and masterclasses include the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, 

Northwestern University, the Florida State University, the University of Costa Rica,

the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of 

Michigan, and Carnegie Hall. 

Dr. Zelnick’s recordings can be heard on the Innova, Accademia del 

Clarinetto, and Naxos labels, among others. She has released two solo 

albums, Diaspora and Diversions: the Midcentury Clarinet, which display Zelnick's

"crystal-clear tone and beautifully shaped phrases." (The Clarinet) She can often be heard on NPR, CPR, international media outlets, and has appeared as a soloist on the Dame Myra Hess Series broadcast live on WFMT Chicago. 

With Mariam Adam she is a founder of the AdZel Duo, a group that is 

dedicated to establishing cultural dialogues through music and outreach for 

students in developing communities. They were most recently featured on 

the University of Delaware Clarinet Day, the Oklahoma Clarinet 

Symposium, ICA ClarinetFests, and at the Real Conservatorio Superior de 

Música de Madrid.

Dr. Zelnick is a noted scholar and has published numerous reviews and 

articles for the Clarinet and NACWPI. Her book, The High Altitude 

Clarinetist, will be published in Spring, 2018.  She is active in the International

Clarinet Association, serving as Wyoming State Chair for the organization, 

the artistic committee for the 2008 convention, and co-Artistic Director of 

the   ClarinetFest 2016 at the University of Kansas. 

Dr. Zelnick previously served on the faculties of the University of Northern 

Colorado and the University of Wyoming. She received degrees from Rice 

University, University of Northern Colorado, and the Academy for the 

Performing Arts in Prague as a Fulbright Scholar. In addition to her 

performing, She is a member of the National Peer Review Committee for the

J. William Fulbright Committee. She is a Buffet Crampon Artist-Clinician.

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