Anthony McGill

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This article is about the clarinetist. For the snooker player, see Anthony McGill (snooker player).

Anthony McGill is the principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic, after having served for a decade as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.


McGill is originally from Chicago, Illinois, growing up in the city's Chatham neighborhood.[1]

He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is an instructor at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland[2] and the Mannes College of Music in New York City. McGill is one of the few African American musicians to hold a principal position in a major orchestra.[3]

Along with Itzhak Perlman (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), and Gabriela Montero (piano), he recorded and performed "Air and Simple Gifts," composed by John Williams, for the inauguration of United States President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.[2] Although the music played was a recording made two days prior due to concerns over the cold weather damaging the instruments, the four were actually playing at the same time as the recording.[4]

McGill's older brother, Demarre, is the principal flutist with the Dallas Symphony and previously held the same position with the Seattle Symphony[5] and the San Diego Symphony.[1]


  1. ^ a b George, Jason (2009-01-20). "Clarinetist delivers the day's other breakthrough performance". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b Peabody instructor part of Obama inauguration, Baltimore Sun, January 8, 2009
  3. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (2009-01-20). "A New Williams Work for a Momentous Occasion". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  4. ^ Quartet pre-recorded Obama music. BBC News (January 23, 2009).
  5. ^ Seattle Symphony: The Orchestra

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