Anthony Marotta

Principal, Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Endowed Chair

Anthony Marotta is the Principal Clarinetist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.  He has also held the posts of Principal Clarinet of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal Clarinet of the Filarmonica de Queretaro (Mexico), Principal Clarinetist of the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra and clarinetist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Mr. Marotta has been an active chamber musician for most of his career.  He was the artistic director of the Carolina Chamber Players from 1996-2000 and was also a member of the Ventus Wind Quintet, which toured throughout Mexico.  He has performed chamber music at the Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland, OH), in Chicago, IL and in Los Angeles, CA.  Anthony has performed extensively with the internationally renowned Miro string quartet, including important performances of the Brahms Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time.  He has also performed the Mozart quintet for clarinet and strings with famed cellist Lynn Harrel.  During his tenure as Artistic Director of the Carolina Chamber Players, Mr. Marotta commissioned three original works by award-winning South Carolina composer, Gordon “Dick” Goodwin.  Additionally, he served as the creative director and host of the GSO’s popular Spotlight Series from 2005-2010.

As a soloist, Mr. Marotta has performed concertos with several orchestras throughout the country.  Most notable was his 2005 performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra.  That performance was included in the popular commemorative recording produced by the Greenville Symphony to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday.

Mr. Marotta has served on faculties of Furman University, Clemson University, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, Benedict College, Claflin University and Camp Encore/Coda.

Anthony Marotta is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Richard MacDowell.  He received a Bachelors degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Robert Marcellus, and a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Doug Graham.  His other primary teachers include Mark Nuccio (New York Philharmonic) and Louis Baez (San Francisco Symphony).