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Carol McGonnell, clarinet


McGonnellDublin-born Carol McGonnell was recently hailed as “an extraordinary clarinetist” by The New York Times. She is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire and also enjoys exploring cutting-edge developments in new music. She recently performed as soloist in both John Adams’s In Your Ear Festival at Carnegie Hall and in Los Angeles’s Monday Evening Concerts, curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has also participated at the Marlboro Music Festival and performed at the inaugural concert of Zankel Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

Carol has performed as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Knights Chamber Orchestra, and with ensembles such as the Zankel Band, Ensemble Modern, Camerata Pacifica, and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. She has been broadcast on Irish national television and radio, Lyric FM, BBC 3, and NPR.

Carol is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble, a dynamic New York group that has recently released a CD of the music of Tristan Murail on the Aeon label. The recording was listed among the top ten classical recordings of 2007 by Time Out New York. Last October, for the Irish Consulate in New York, she devised a program called New Music, New Ireland, New York, which was presented at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. That concert included the premiere of Cassini Void, a new clarinet concerto written for her by Irish composer Ian Wilson, and in November she played in Miller Theatre’s Portrait Concert of Irish composer Gerald Barry. She has guest curated the music program for the Kilkenny Arts Festival and is on the advisory board of the Argento New Music Project.

Carol is artistic director of Music for Museums, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland and includes museums such as the Metropolitan Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Getty Museum. She studied in Ireland with Brian O’Rourke and in New York with Charles Neidich.  She is currently one of the 16 handpicked fellows of the first phase of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute.


Be sure to hear Carol McGonnell’s 2014 Festival performances listed below

Wednesday, August 13, 7:30PM
Quartet for the End of Time

Thursday, August 14, 6:00PM
Quartet for the End of Time


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