Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (MET), has been recognized as one of classical music’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. Before joining the MET Orchestra in 2004, he served as associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
On January 20, 2009, McGill performed “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and again on August 18, 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as part of a special concert honoring John Williams 80th birthday.
In 2000, McGill was a winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and in March of 2012 was one of the first three artists to receive the Sphinx Organization’s Medal of Excellence, which were presented at the U.S. Supreme Court.
McGill frequently performs with the MET Chamber Ensemble and in January 2012 was featured in the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He can also be seen on the Live in HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.
In addition to the MET Orchestra, he has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony and Symphony in C, to name a few. In May of 2012 he and his brother Demarre McGill were invited by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra where they began their careers, to be soloists in the world premiere of a concerto for flute and clarinet written for them by Joel Puckett .
Anthony McGill has collaborated with such musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang, and in many festivals including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Grand Teton, Interlochen, Music from Angel Fire, Bridgehampton, and Sarasota Festival. In July 2012 he participated in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa.
McGill’s love of chamber music has taken him throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. He has worked with such quartets as the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Shanghai, Pacifica, Miami, Miro and Daedalus, and with such groups as Musicians from Marlboro and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a member of the Schumann Trio with violist Michael Tree and pianist Anna Polonsky.
McGill has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, Ravinia’s Rising Star Series, on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, and on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood television show.
He attended Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Curtis Institute of Music. His teachers have included Donald Montanaro, Richard Hawkins, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, David Tuttle and Sidney Forrest.
In high demand as a teacher, McGill currently serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Mannes College and Bard College Conservatory of Music. He has given master classes at the Curtis Institute, University of Michigan, SUNY Stony Brook, Temple University, UCLA, University of New Mexico, Manhattan School of Music, and has been a coach at the Verbier Festival.
Biography updated September 5, 2012