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Antony Pay

Clarinet

  • Antony Pay was born in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He was Principal Clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1978, of the London Sinfonietta (of which he was a founder member) from 1968 to 1983 and of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields from 1976 to 1986. He has also been a member of several chamber ensembles, including the Nash Ensemble, Tuckwell Wind Quintet, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, and Hausmusik. 

    With the London Sinfonietta he collaborated with many of today’s leading composers, including Boulez, Stockhausen, Birtwistle, Henze, Maxwell Davies, Goehr and Berio.  He has recorded Berio’s Concertino with the composer conducting for RCA and gave the first performance of Henze’s mini-concerto Miracle of the Rose, which was written for him to direct from the clarinet.

    Recently he has concentrated on solo playing and conducting, recording the Spohr and Mozart Concertos for Decca, the Weber and Crusell Concertos for Virgin Classics and Birtwistle’s Melencolia I for NMC. He has conducted the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Germany, Austria and Holland, and the London Sinfonietta throughout Europe, as well as guest-conducting with orchestras in Scandinavia, Italy and the United States.

    Antony Pay also performs on period clarinets, and his recordings of the Mozart, Weber and Crusell Concertos are played on specially reconstructed instruments.  He currently plays with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with both of which he is a frequent soloist and chamber music player.

  • Antony Pay’s Repertoire

    Arnold
    • Clarinet Concerto No.2, Op.115
    Berio
    • Concertino
    Bernstein
    • Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
    Birtwistle
    • Melencolia 1
    Brahms / Berio
    • Op. 120 Clarinet sonata nr 1 in F minor (orch Berio)
    Carter
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Copland
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Crusell
    • Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3
    Debussy
    • Rhapsodie
    Finzi
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Françaix
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Goldschmidt
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Henze
    • Le Miracle de la Rose
    Hindemith
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Krommer
    • Clarinet Concerto in E Flat
    Lindberg
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Milhaud
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Mozart
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Musgrave
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Nielsen
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Rautavaara
    • Clarinet Concerto
    Rossini
    • Introduction, Theme and Variations in B Flat
    Seiber
    • Concertino
    Spohr
    • Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4
    Stamitz
    • Clarinet Concertos
    Strauss
    • Duet Concertino for clarinet and Bassoon
    Stravinsky
    • Ebony Concerto
    Takemitsu
    • Fantasma/Cantos
    Weber
    • Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
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