Recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians, Anthony McGill was named principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic effective September 15, 2014. He previously served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
McGill has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra, all at Carnegie Hall. In January 2015 he performed and recorded the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with the New York Philharmonic. Other recent performances have been with the Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Orchestra 2001 and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician McGill has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with such quartets as the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Pacifica, Shanghai, Miro and Daedalus, with Musicians from Marlboro and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and on such series as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the University of Chicago Presents. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Santa Fe and Seattle chamber music, festivals, to name a few.
McGill has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang, and on January 20, 2009, performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
He has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning and Roger’s Neighborhood. In 2013 with his brother Demarre, he appeared on NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show and on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, McGill is in demand as a teacher, and serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa.
Interview with Anthony McGill