Gil Agababa-Shaked, born in Israel 1985, serves as the Principal clarinetist of Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra since 2016. As a versatile musician, she regularly appears as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher alongside her orchestral duties, in Finland and abroad.

In recent years, she has recorded several chamber music projects both for German and Finnish radios (WDR and Yle) and has been invited to teach and organize masterclasses at the annual “Internationaler Kunstsommer Arnsberg” since 2012.

Gil has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Warsaw Symphony, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn and Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra.

Agababa-Shaked attained her Master of Music degree at the prestigious Sibelius Academy Helsinki, in the class of Harri Mäki. She also holds a Master’s degree from the Cologne University of Music and Dance, where her teacher was Ralph Manno. 

During her studies she was a clarinet apprentice at the Finnish National Opera and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as a frequent substitute in other orchestras, such as Tapiola Sinfonietta, Turku Philharmonic and Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Gil played in “Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel”, Germany, during season 2015-2016.

Gil Shaked-Agababa won several prizes in competitions and is a recipient of scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation, the “Musikstiftung Köln”, the Lions Club, and the Yehudi Menuhin organization “Live Music Now”. Furthermore, she has in early years participated in the West Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

Gil Agababa-Shaked

Clarinet, Jyväskylä Sinfonia