Anthony McGill interviewed on A Musical Life Podcast

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Back in Episode 23 of the podcast I interviewed the wonderful Hugh Sung who co-founded of AirTurn, is a brilliant classical pianist and accompanist, and who hosts the “A Musical Life” Podcast. Hugh has just released his first interview with a clarinetist with none other than Anthony McGill who is, of course, the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Of course, I’m going to have to try and reach out to Anthony to see if he’ll come on Clarineat, but in the meantime this is a wonderful conversation that I think the Clarineat audience would really love.

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Discussion Topics

  • Clarinet music recommendations
  • Anthony’s start as a clarinetist
  • Winning the John J. Award
  • Playing President Obama’s Inaugural Ceremony
  • Performing with pre-recorded tracks
  • Advice for Taking Orchestral Auditions
  • Goal Setting
  • The value of reading and learning
  • Leading a fulfilling Life
  • Living your life as a performance
  • Inspiring the next generation

Episode Description from “A Musical Life” Website

Anthony McGill is one of the greatest clarinetists in the classical music field today. He’s been the Associate Principal Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Orchestra, and currently serves as Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic.

Several months ago, Anthony’s older brother, Demarre McGill, was featured on the show. What an honor to have the opportunity to talk to Anthony, whom I’ve known since he was a student at Curtis. In addition to his remarkable achievements in the orchestral world and collaborations with some of the greatest classical musicians, Anthony performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama back in 2009.

On a tangential note, Anthony was actually partially responsible for inspiring me to become a paperless musician, and start a little company called “AirTurn” to create wireless page turning pedals for reading digital sheet music hands free.

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One reply on “Anthony McGill interviewed on A Musical Life Podcast

  • Hugh Sung

    Thanks so much for sharing this episode with your followers, Sean! Anthony is an amazing human being and that translates into his incredible musicianship. It was such an honor to have him on the show – and I can’t wait to share YOUR interview next month!

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