Anthony McGill is a famous American clarinetist and principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic. Anthony McGill comes from a family of music lovers and his father retired from the Chicago Fire Department with the title of Deputy Commissioner.
Anthony McGill was born on July 17, 1979 and he is currently 42 years old. He hails from Chicago, Illinois and his zodiac sign is Cancer. This personality grew up in the Chatham area of Chicago. Speaking about his educational journey, he attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. He then took clarinet lessons at the Merit School of Music in Chicago. Later, to improve his musical skills, he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Speaking of family, his parents are mother Ira Carol and father Demarre McGill. His mother was a modern dancer, art teacher and dance movement therapist. On the other hand, his father rose through the ranks of the Chicago Fire Department and retired with the title of Deputy Commissioner. His father was actively interested in all kinds of art. He also has an older brother named Demarre. His brother is Principal Flute with the Seattle Symphony. Likewise, his brother was previously principal flutist with the Dallas Symphony and the San Diego Symphony.
career and working life
Professionally, Anthony McGill is principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic. He takes on this role after a decade as principal clarinetist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In the past he was also associate principal clarinetist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He is also a lecturer at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University and at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
McGill is one of the few African American musicians to hold a leading position in a major orchestra. In 2000 he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He was also a 2020 recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Said prize is awarded to solo instrumentalists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in music.
He has also worked with Itzhak Perlman (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Gabriela Montero (piano). The team of musicians worked together to record and perform air and simple gifts. This piece of music was composed by John Williams. These musicians performed said piece at the inauguration of US President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.
In addition, this personality is one of the most famous and brilliant multi-faceted figures in classical music. In addition, this musician performs regularly as a soloist with top orchestras throughout North America. These include the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, San Diego Symphony and Kansas City Symphony.
As a chamber musician, this personality is a popular collaborator with the Brentano, JACK, Daedalus, Guarneri, Shanghai, Miró, Pacifica, Takács and Tokyo quartets. He has also collaborated with other artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Gloria Chien, Emanuel Axe, Inon Barnatan, Midori, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham and Lang Lang.
In addition, this musician toured with Musicians from Marlboro. He is also a regular performer for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. This clarinetist has also performed at festivals in Tanglewood, [email protected]Marlboro, Skaneateles, Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals.
After the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, this clarinettist launched a powerful musical protest video urging people to #TakeTwoKnees at a demonstration against the death of George Floyd and historical racial injustices. McGill’s video went viral, with hundreds of artists and citizens amplifying the message. They also responded to the protest with their own videos using the hashtag #TakeTwoKnees.
Anthony McGill is happily married Abby (@abbymcgill1). According to her Instagram bio, his wife is the owner of Etsy shop KnitPaperDesigns. The couple have a beautiful daughter, whose name has not yet been released. Also, the family currently resides in Riverdale, Bronx.
There is no verified information about his body measurements such as height, weight, chest-waist-hip measurements, dress size, shoe size, etc. The clarinettist has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.
Social Media and Wealth
Regarding his social media presence, Anthony McGill joined Twitter in March 2009 and as of March 2022 has more than 4.9k followers on his @mcgillab account. Likewise his username Instagram is @mcgillclarinet and has over 12.8k followers as of the writing of this bio. In addition, this personality has over 5.4 thousand followers on her Facebook profile. Moving on, this clarinetist has a net worth between $3 million and $5 million.