I had the opportunity to attend a performance in St. Paul today that has been sold out for quite some time. The program featured the Pacifica Quartet and included clarinetist Anthony McGill for the Mozart Quintet and the Brahms Quintet in B Minor. Anthony McGill is the principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. I have his CD and am fascinated by his very refined sound. Hearing him live was even more impressive. It is difficult trying to find words to describe his sound, but it is very legato, even, and focused, which worked very well for the quintets. I also had the opportunity to briefly meet him afterwards. I would encourage listeners to check out his CD (which is also on iTunes and Spotify), or hear him live if you have the opportunity.
Eric Schultz is the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Coastal Carolina University. A winner of several international competitions, he holds a doctorate in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University.