A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, Hankus Netsky is chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, America’s premiere klezmer and Yiddish music ensemble. He has composed extensively for film, theater, and television, collaborating closely with Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, Robert Brustein, and Theodore Bikel, and has produced numerous recordings, including ten by the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has been the recipient of a 2013 “Forward Fifty” award, a New England Conservatory Outstanding Alumni award, the Yosl Mlotek award for the perpetuation of Yiddish Culture, and NEC’s Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser awards for Excellence in Teaching. Netsky has also taught at Hampshire College, Wesleyan University and Hebrew College. His essays have been published by the University of California Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the University of Scranton Press, Hips Roads, and the University Press of America, and Temple University Press published his book, “Klezmer, Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia” in 2015.