Anthony Marotta finished his final season as principal clarinetist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra after twenty-four years of performances in 2022. In addition to his performing role, he currently serves on the orchestra board’s executive committee and was the former director of operations and artistic administration from 2004-to 2011. He has also held musical posts as 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.
As an advocate and passionate promoter of new music and diversity, Marotta has been in leadership positions with Boulanger Initiative as both the general manager of finance and director of development. This Washington, DC-based organization promotes music composed by women through performances, education, and commissions. During his tenure with the Greenville Symphony, Marotta facilitated the commissions of two original works. One-piece was by Mark Kilstofte, Rome Prize winner, to celebrate the orchestra’s sixtieth anniversary and the other was a double bass concerto by celebrated and critically acclaimed composer John Harbison. Under his leadership with Carolina Chamber Players, the organization commissioned three original works by renowned South Carolina composer, Gordon “Dick” Goodwin.
Marotta has been an active performer and administrator of chamber music for much of his career. He was the artistic director and executive director of the Carolina Chamber Players from 1996 to 2000 and was also a member of the Ventus Wind Quintet, which toured throughout Mexico. He received years of training in chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival in Cleveland, OH, in Chicago with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and in Los Angeles, CA with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Marotta has performed extensively with the internationally acclaimed Miro string quartet, including performances of Brahms’ quintet for clarinet and strings and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. He has performed Mozart’s quintet for clarinet and strings with famed cellist Lynn Harrel. Additionally, he served as the creative director and host of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s “Spotlight” chamber music series from 2005-to 2010.
As a soloist, Marotta has performed concertos with several orchestras throughout the country, including nine separate engagements with the Greenville Symphony. Most notable was the 2005 performance of Mozart’s clarinet concerto with the Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra. That performance was included in a commemorative recording to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday.
In 2010, Marotta was asked to be a founding partner in charge of recruiting and marketing for startup healthcare IT consulting firm called Blue Cirrus Consulting. This position he held until 2015. The company continues to be a great success and is now a national leader in telehealth. Becker’s hospital review has named Blue Cirrus Consulting as a “top telehealth company to know” for four consecutive years.
As a music educator, Marotta has served on the faculties of Furman University, Clemson University, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, Benedict College, Claflin University, and Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine.
Marotta is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Richard MacDowell. He received a bachelor’s 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 and Louis Baez (San Francisco Symphony).