FARMINGDALE, NY, January 17, 2008 — Rico announces the endorsements of three new classical artists, each a supporter of Rico Reserve Reeds. These new international clarinetists include Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Orchestra, Jessica Phillips, Second and E-flat Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and world-renowned soloist and chamber music collaborator, clarinetist, Michael Norsworthy.
Anthony McGill currently serves as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Since his solo debut in 1991, he has appeared with a variety of orchestras, including the Baltimore and New Jersey Symphonies, Opus One and the Avalon Quartets. McGill has been heard on Ravinia’s Rising Star Series, toured with musicians from Marlboro and appeared at Lincoln Center as a member of its Chamber Music Society Two. He has toured Japan with pianist Mitsuko Uchida and members of the Brentano Quartet and has appeared in concert with Yo-Yo Ma.
Jessica Phillips, a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and Manhattan School of Music, has degrees in Political Science and Music. As a member of the MET Orchestra, she has toured regularly throughout Asia and Europe. Throughout her freelance career, she has appeared in the Philadelphia Orchestra, EOS Orchestra, DiCapo Opera, La Boheme on Broadway, the Aspen Music Festival and on numerous radio and commercial broadcasts. She will be performing at the Lisbon International Clarinet Meeting in April and Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium again this summer. She can be heard on “Live from Lincoln Center” televised broadcasts and DVD recordings, the Metropolitan Opera live Saturday radio broadcasts and the Philadelphia Orchestra recordings on the Ondine Label.
Michael Norsworthy’s performances have taken him to distinguished concert venues throughout the United States and Europe—including New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Philharmonic Hall, and Vienna’s Musikverin. A dedicated and persuasive champion of music of our own time, he has given premieres of over 100 works in collaboration with composers as varied as Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter and Pozzi Escot, to name a few. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, among them, The John Cage Award, Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award and has received grants from the Yvar Mikahashoff Trust for New Music and a Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival.
“These artists are an exciting addition to our lineup,” states Robert Polan, Woodwind Product Manager. “Endorsements from world-renowned musicians have always been a part of the Rico legend, and it’s no surprise that Reserve clarinet reeds are quickly becoming the choice of the world’s top clarinetists. Their belief in our products is a true testament to the extensive research and quality control we have put into every aspect of our manufacturing process.”