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 beginning in September 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 of 2015 he performed and recorded the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with the New York Philharmonic. Other performances have been with the orchestras of Amarillo, Fresno, Baltimore, Kansas City, Memphis, New Jersey and San Diego, as well as the Niagara Symphony, Orchestra 2001 and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician McGill has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with the Brentano, Daedalus, Dover, Guarneri, JACK, Miro, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takacs and Tokyo quartets. He tours with Musicians from Marlboro, appears under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, and Santa Fe, Seattle and Skaneateles, to name a few.
Anthony McGill has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, Alisa Weilerstein 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 recently founded the McGill/McHale Trio with his brother Demarre and pianist Michael McHale. In December of 2016 the McGill/McHale Trio performed in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., followed by recording sessions in Chicago.
A recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, McGill was the 2015-16 WQXR Artists in Residence and has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning and Mr. 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. In March 2016, he was presented with the John Jay Justice Award.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Anthony McGill is in demand as a teacher, and serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, 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.
This performance marks Anthony McGill’s La Jolla Music Society debut.