July 1, 2015
Senior Director, Communications
MARK NUCCIO APPOINTED PRINCIPAL CLARINET OF THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY BEGINNING IN 2015-16 SEASON
HOUSTON (July 1, 2015) – Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Houston Symphony announced today that Mark Nuccio, current Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, has been appointed the Principal Clarinet of the Houston Symphony. Nuccio will begin his new role in Houston during the week leading up to the 2015-16 Season’s Opening Night concert on September 12, 2015. He replaces former Principal Clarinet David Peck, who retired in 2013 after serving in that position for 33 years. During the two-year interim, Associate Principal Clarinet Thomas LeGrand served as Acting Principal Clarinet.
Mark Nuccio will join the Houston Symphony family this fall after serving as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic for 16 years, where he also served as Acting Principal Clarinet for four years from 2009-2013. Prior to his service with the Philharmonic, he held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida. Mark has toured extensively with the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in numerous countries, recorded with both orchestras, and performs regularly with the Philharmonic on the award-winning series Live from Lincoln Center, broadcast on PBS.
“It truly is my honor to join the Houston Symphony under the incredibly inspirational and musically gifted leadership of Maestro Orozco-Estrada,” Nuccio said. “I am humbled to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the highly respected David Peck as the new Principal Clarinetist and I hope to contribute to the positive direction in which the orchestra is headed.”
An active solo, chamber and studio musician, Mark has been featured with various orchestras in the United States and made multiple appearances as a featured performer at the International Clarinet Association conventions. Mark is featured on numerous movie soundtracks, including Failure to Launch, The Last Holiday, The Rookie, The Score, Intolerable Cruelty, Alamo and various television commercials. Additionally, he has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and at the 2003 GRAMMY® Awards. His own debut album featuring the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, Opening Night, was released in November 2006.
A Colorado native, Mark was recently awarded the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from his alma mater the University of Northern Colorado. He also holds a master's degree from Northwestern University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Marcellus. Beyond his active performing schedule, he is a dedicated teacher and currently serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and teaches master classes in the U.S. and abroad.
This latest appointment caps off an incredibly active year of new additions to the Houston Symphony, which include: Principal Harp Megan Conley, Principal Bass Robin Kesselman, Associate Principal Flute Matthew Roitstein, Fourth Horn Ian Mayton, Section Cello Louis Marie-Fardet, Section Second Violin Jing Zheng, and Section Viola Jarita Ng.
Executive Director and CEO Mark C. Hanson comments, “I congratulate Andrés and our orchestra colleagues for identifying such talented musicians, including Mark Nuccio, to join the exceptional Houston Symphony family. With the collective energy, musicianship and passion present on stage, and Andrés at the helm, we’re destined to continue experiencing electric performances at the highest artistic level. In short, you don’t want to miss what’s in store for the 2015-16 Season and beyond.”
About the Houston Symphony
During the 2014-15 Season, the Houston Symphony welcomed its new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, in his inaugural season, and entered its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras. Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, and offers a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. Serving the entire Greater Houston region, the Symphony’s home base is Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, and the orchestra also performs regularly in Sugarland, at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and other locations around the community.
As a cultural ambassador for the city and region, the Houston Symphony has toured extensively, from early in its history through road tours to military bases in Texas and Louisiana during WWII, to more recent international appearances in Singapore, Moscow, and Japan, and European tours with stops in England, France, Holland, Germany and Austria, including 16 domestic performances at Carnegie Hall. Most recently, the Symphony embarked on a seven-city, eight-concert tour through the United Kingdom in 2010 performing The Planets—An HD Odyssey, to sold-out concert halls.
Today, with an annual operating budget of $29.6 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances annually, for 330,000 people, including 97,000 children. For more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org.