Anthony McGill awarded 2020 Avery Fisher Prize

Posted on: September 15, 2020

Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, has been awarded the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize. In place of the traditional award celebration at Lincoln Center, a virtual ceremony will be publicly streamed on Tuesday, September 15, at 6 p.m. ET at LincolnCenter.org/2020AveryFisherPrize. McGill receives a monetary award of $100,000, and the Avery Fisher Artist Program is making an additional $30,000 available for donation to a charitable organization of McGill’s choice. McGill has designated the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, with funds earmarked for summer scholarships. The contribution is in response to the impact of the pandemic on the performing arts and in support of the struggle for justice and decency in our society. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, McGill previously served as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music. He also serves as artistic director for the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard and on the Board of Directors for both the League of American Orchestras and the Harmony Program.