Critics have praised clarinetist Mark Nuccio for both solo and chamber appearances, citing his “first-rate solos,” “fluent shaping of lines,” and “effortless soft playing.”
Mr. Nuccio joined the New York Philharmonic in 1999 as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist. He previously held positions with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Savannah (Georgia) Symphony, and the Florida Orchestra in Tampa. Mr. Nuccio has also performed with orchestras in Minnesota, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Charleston, S.C. He has worked with several distinguished conductors including Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Erich Leinsdorf, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, André Previn, and Christoph von Dohnanyi. Additionally, Mr. Nuccio has toured with both the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony in dozens of countries, recorded with both orchestras and performed with the Philharmonic on the PBS award-winning series, Live from Lincoln Center.
An active solo and chamber musician, Mr. Nuccio has been the featured performer with several orchestras in the United States and multiple times at the International Clarinet Association conventions. He made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001, his Japanese recital debut in 2002 and now currently performs regular recitals in the Far East as well as Europe. In New York, he can often be heard at Merkin Concert Hall and the 92nd Street Y, as well as Carnegie Hall. During summers, Mr. Nuccio performs chamber music at the Strings in the Mountain Music Festival in Steamboat, Colorado and at “Bravo!Colorado” in Vail.
As a studio musician, Mr. Nuccio is featured on several movie soundtracks, including Failure to Launch, The Last Holiday, The Rookie, The Score, Intolerable Cruelty, The Alamo, Pooh’s Heffalump, Hitch, The Manchurian Candidate and numerous television commercials. He also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as the 2003 Grammy Awards.
A Colorado native, Mr. Nuccio holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Marcellus. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
Beyond his active performing schedule, Mr. Nuccio is committed to training the next generation of musicians. He currently serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and teaches master classes in the United States and abroad. He is an artist/clinician for Buffet Crampon and performs exclusively on Buffet clarinets.
Mr. Nuccio resides in New Jersey with his wife, Suzanne, and their two children, Dominic and Mikala.
Manhattan School of Music faculty member since 2002.