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 in 2014. He previously served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Orchestra.
McGill has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and 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 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 U.S., Europe, and Asia with the Brentano, Daedalus, Dover, Guarneri, JACK, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takács, 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, 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. On January 20, 2009, he 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 2016 the Trio performed in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, 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 Artist-in-Residence and has appeared on Performance Today, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, and Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. In 2013, with his brother Demarre, he appeared on the 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 faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the U.S., Europe, and South Africa.