Anthony McGill has been very busy lately. Fresh from performing and recording Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall last month, the New York Philharmonic’s new principal clarinetist was preparing for a much smaller – but very important – concert on February 3 in support of the music program at Special Music School, Kaufman Music Center’s public school for musically gifted children. The evening also included a performance by the Kingston Trio, featuring SMS students Isabel Kingston (violin), Julia Kingston (piano) and Charlotte Kingston (cello).
McGill understands the importance of music education firsthand. “Children receive so many benefits from studying music, many of them lifelong,” he says. “I started at a similar music program growing up in Chicago and it changed my life. I am forever grateful and happy to support Special Music School, which gives children from all over New York City access to a top-notch music education, and at no cost to their families.”
Named Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic last fall, McGill served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the past decade and has been recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. He has appeared as soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra, all at Carnegie Hall. McGill’s list of collaborators is an illustrious one: Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma among others.
Committed to music education, McGill serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa.