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Anthony McGill


A highly sought-after soloist and chamber musician, Anthony McGill is principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, after having served for a decade as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004, Anthony McGill has been recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians.

He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera and New York String Orchestras at Carnegie Hall, and the Baltimore, San Diego, and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. 2013–2014 orchestral performances include appearances with Orchestra 2001 and the Baltimore and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras.

As a chamber musician, McGill is a member of the Schumann Trio with Michael Tree and Anna Polonsky. He has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. On January 20, 2009, McGill performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with quartets including Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Pacifica, Shanghai, Miro, and Daedalus, as well as with Musicians from Marlboro and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

McGill has appeared on NPR’s Performance Today, MPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In 2013 he appeared, with his brother Demarre, on NBC Nightly News, Steve Harvey, and with Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC.

In demand as a teacher, McGill serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States and in Europe.

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