Anthony McGill Clarinet

sponsor: John Cramer and Suzanne Poppema

Clarinetist Anthony McGill serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — that orchestra’s first African-American principal player — and maintains a dynamic international solo and chamber music career. McGill is an advocate for music education in underserved communities and addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music. McGill took part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams, performing alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero. McGill appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras around North America including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. As a chamber musician, McGill collaborates with the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, JACK, Miro, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takacs, and Tokyo Quartets, as well as with Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Gloria Chien, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, McGill previously served as the principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Bard College’s Conservatory of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music.