Anthony McGill, Demarre McGill, Michael McHale (Courtesy of the artists)

WQXR Presents the McGill/McHale Trio

Monday, April 25, 2016

7:00 PM

Join WQXR’s Artist in Residence, clarinetist Anthony McGill, for a special all-Trio program in the intimate setting of The Greene Space. Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, McGill performs with his brother, Demarre McGill, Principal Flutist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Michael McHale, one of Ireland’s leading pianists. 

The McGill/McHale Trio will perform works by Dvorak, Shostakovich and Saint-Saëns in their only New York recital this season. 

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ANTHONY McGILL, clarinet

“…Mr. McGill played with his trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character. That the ovation was so enthusiastic was no surprise.” (The New York Times) 

Considered among the top solo, chamber and orchestral musicians today, Anthony McGill is now in his second season as principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, having previously been principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal of the Cincinnati Symphony.

Performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa in recital, chamber music and as soloist with orchestra consistently receive rave reviews. He has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsiko Uchida and Lang Lang, and in January of 2009 performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at President Obama’s inauguration.

As an educator, McGill is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory. A native of Chicago, McGill attended The Curtis Institute of Music and is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the first Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and is the 2015-16 WQXR Artist-in-Residence.

DEMARRE McGIll, flute

“From his first notes, the effect was astonishing. It was the tone he drew from his instrument which caught the ear first, and continued to throughout the performance. Totally clean, liquid, mellifluous—i.e., honeyed—in the best sense of the word, rounded and beautiful, it beckoned you in. (The Sunbreak) 

Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, flutist Demarre McGill is acclaimed for his “richly saturated tone, spirited technique and expressive warmth” and has quickly become one of the most sought-after flutists of his generation.

McGill has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic, among others. He is a founding member of The Myriad Trio and has participated in many national and international chamber music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Marlboro Music, La Jolla Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire, to name a few.

Appointed Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony in June 2013, he previously served as Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony for two seasons and held the same position with the San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He also served as Acting Principal Flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony during the 2005-06 season.

McGill received his Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. He continued his studies with Mr. Baker at the Juilliard School, where he received a Masters of Music degree.

MICHAEL McHALE, piano

“…Throughout a programme that was demanding on technique and musicianship, there was no doubt about McHale’s ability to hold his audience’s attention. His playing was elegant, thoughtful and musically intelligent; and he has the technique to deliver.” (Irish Times)

Belfast-born Michael McHale is one of Ireland’s leading pianists. Since completing his studies at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, he has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.  He has performed at many important musical centres including Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Lincoln Center, New York; Symphony Hall, Boston; Konzerthaus, Berlin; Pesti Vigadó, Budapest, and the Ushuaia, Chopiniana and Tanglewood Festivals.

Michael’s début solo album ‘The Irish Piano’ was selected as ‘CD of the Week’ by critic Norman Lebrecht, who described it as “a scintillating recital…fascinating from start to stop”, whilst Gramophone praised “the singing sensibility of McHale's sensitive and polished pianism”.

He has performed as soloist with the Hallé, Minnesota, Bournemouth Symphony and Moscow Symphony orchestras, the Teatro Colon Orchestra, Discovery Ensemble, London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras in repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.

In addition to winning the 2009 Terence Judd/Hallé Award, Michael was awarded the Brennan and Field Prizes at the 2006 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition and the 2005 Camerata Ireland/Accenture Award. His teachers and mentors include John O’Conor, Réamonn Keary, Christopher Elton, Ronan O’Hora and Barry Douglas.