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Carol McGonnell, clarinet


Dublin-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 Adam’s “In Your Ear Festival” at Carnegie and in LA’s “Monday Evening Concerts”, curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has also participated at the Marlboro Music Festival, Vermont and performed at the inaugural concert of Zankel Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

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Be sure to hear all of Carol McGonnell’s 2013 Festival performances listed below

Sunday, August 4, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

Monday, August 5, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

Tuesday, August 6, 12:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Shanghai Quartet Plays Dvořák

Dublin-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 Adam’s “In Your Ear Festival” at Carnegie and in LA’s “Monday Evening Concerts”, curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has also participated at the Marlboro Music Festival, Vermont 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 including 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 American national public radio.

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 programme 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 programme 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 including museums such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the LA Getty. 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 programme of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute.