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Hailed as "an extraordinary clarinetist" by the New York Times, "elastic, exacting, stupendous" by the LA Times and "clarinet genius" by Time Out NY, Dublin born clarinetist, Carol McGonnell, is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire while also enjoying acclaim for her fearless exploration of cutting-edge developments in new music. Carol is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. She has been involved in the commissioning of over 100 new works, ranging from solo pieces to clarinet concerti.
Carol appears frequently at major music centers and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Suntori Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alte Oper and Santa Fe, Aspen, Marlboro, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festivals. Notable concerts include performing in the inaugural concert of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series. An avid chamber musician, her collaborations include performing with musicians such as Midori, Pekka Kuusisto, Viviane Hagner, Richard O'Neill, Jonathan Biss, Frederica von Stade, and the Danish, Modigliani, Vanburgh, and Elias string quartets, to name but a few.
Carol's acclaim as a contemporary clarinetist has led to invitations to perform as soloist in John Adam's "In Your Ear Festival" at Carnegie, LA's "Monday Evening Concerts", curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and for BBC Radio 3's "In Your Ear" series. She has performed with numerous orchestras around the world and ensembles including St. Paul's Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, the Knights Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall, Decoda and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert.
Carol is artistic director of Music for Museums, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, and involving Museums such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, J.P. Getty in LA and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. Carol has been broadcast on RTE, Lyric FM, BBC, WQXR and NPR, has recorded for Mode, Motus and Aeon and is awaiting the release of her latest CD, to include a new concerto written for her by Phillipe Hurel.
Carol has taught for the Juilliard MAP division, Manhattan School Summer program, the French American Academy at Fontainebleau, and has given masterclasses at Princeton, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Istanbul Institute for Technology, Shanghai Conservatory, Queens University Belfast and the Royal Irish Academy. She is an alumni of the Carnegie-Juilliard Academy.
Carol is currently in residence with Trio Ariadne at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Sonoma and on faculty at Sonoma State University. She is also on the faculty of CUNY's Aaron Copland School and auxiliary faculty for contrabass clarinet at the Juilliard School in NYC.