Barry Douglas, piano | Ani Aznavoorian, cello | Anthony McGill, clarinet
Gold Medalist at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Barry Douglas is currently Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival. He is joined by Ani Aznavoorian and Anthony McGill in a truly spectacular evening of music.
BARRY DOUGLAS, piano
Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule. Barry regularly plays in recitals and performed with symphonies throughout the world, with recent performances in the UK, the Netherlands, Armenia, Mexico, China and the US.
Douglas recently completed recording the full works for solo piano of Brahms, the six albums of which have received much critical praise. His current recording project focuses on the solo piano works of Schubert; the fourth and final disc will be released next season. He has also been exploring Irish folk music through his own arrangements, working with ancient melodies through to pieces by contemporary song writers. The first in this series, Celtic Reflections, was released in 2014 and was followed in 2016 by a second disc: Celtic Airs.
In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to striving for musical excellence, one of the orchestra’s aims is to further the peace process in Ireland by promoting dialogue and collaboration through its musical education programs. Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music.
ANTHONY MCGILL, clarinet
Anthony serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic — that orchestra’s first African-American principal player — and maintains a dynamic international solo and chamber music career. Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (The New York Times), McGill also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities and for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music. McGill was honored to take part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece by John Williams and performing alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero. McGill appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras and as a chamber musician, leading tours with Musicians from Marlboro and performing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, McGill previously served as the principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In-demand as a teacher, he serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Bard College’s Conservatory of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music.
ANI AZNAVOORIAN, cello
Ani Aznavoorian is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician with some of the world’s most recognized ensembles. An avid chamber musician, Ani has performed with Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, Sarah Chang, Edgar Meyer, Ruth Laredo, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and the Shanghai Quartet. She is a member of the renowned International Sejong Soloists, and is also a founding member of the Corinthian Trio with pianist Adam Neiman and violinist Stefan Milenkovich. Aznavoorian also performs frequently on the Jupiter Chamber Music series in New York.
Ani Aznavoorian received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Aldo Parisot. She is principal cellist of Camerata Pacifica, has been on the faculty at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, and during the summers serves on the faculty of the Great Mountains Music Festival and School in South Korea.