Mark Nuccio

Critics have praised clarinetist Mark Nuccio for his solo, orchestral, and chamber appearances, full of “mystery and insight,” describing him as “shaping his phrases beautifully with a rich, expressive tone”—“the evening’s highlight” (New York Times). Mr. Nuccio joined the New York Philharmonic in 1999 as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist. Most recently, he served as Acting Principal Clarinet with the New York Philharmonic for four years, from 2009 to 2013. He previously held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida, working with distinguished conductors Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Alan Gilbert, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Andre Previn, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Nuccio has recorded and toured extensively with both the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Philharmonic on PBS’s award-winning series Live from Lincoln Center.

An active solo and chamber musician, Mr. Nuccio has been featured with various orchestras in the United States and made multiple appearances as a featured performer at the International Clarinet Association conventions. He made his subscription solo debut with the New York Philharmonic on February 10, 2010 and returned to perform the Copland Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert on May 31 and June 1, 2013. Other highlights include a New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001 and his Japanese recital debut in 2002. He continues to regularly perform recitals in Asia and Europe and across the United States. In New York, he can often be heard at Merkin Concert Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Nuccio also participates in the chamber music series at the Strings in the Mountain Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and teaches at the Hidden Valley Music Festival in Carmel, California.

As a studio musician, Mr. Nuccio is featured on numerous movie soundtracks, including Failure To Launch, The Last Holiday, The Rookie, The Score, Intolerable Cruelty, Alamo, Pooh’s Heffalump, Hitch, and The Manchurian Candidate, as well as various television commercials. He has also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and the 2003 Grammy Awards. His debut album, Opening Night, featuring the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, was released in November 2006.

Mr. Nuccio recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Robert Marcellus. A dedicated teacher committed to training the next generation of musicians, Mr. Nuccio serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and teaches master classes in the U.S. and abroad. He is a D’Addario Advising Artist & Clinician and a Performing Artist/Clinician for Buffet Music Group.