Interview with the San Francisco Classical Voice
Music at Menlo, the chamber music festival that celebrates its 10th anniversary in July, was one of the first to recognize the brilliance of Anthony McGill, currently principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han chose McGill to perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, performed in the one-day pilot concert that led to the establishment of the festival in August of 2002.
His meteoric rise as one of the great clarinet players of our age started when he graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2000, and was immediately hired as assistant principal with the Cincinnatti Symphony Orchestra. Four years later he joined the Met, at age 25. Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, he currently serves on the faculty of Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the Mannes College of Music.”