Clarinetist Anthony McGill, the winner of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize, is one of classical music’s most recognizable and multifaceted figures. The principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, that orchestra’s first African-American principal player, McGill also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities. He was honored to take part in the inauguration of President Obama, premiering a piece by John Williams alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero.
McGill appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras in North America including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony, and is a favorite collaborator of the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, JACK, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takacs, and Tokyo quartets as well as Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, 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. He serves on the Juilliard and Curtis faculties and is the artistic director of Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program (MAP).