Nuccio, Mark

Critics have praised clarinetist Mark Nuccio for both his solo and chamber appearances, describing him as “the evening’s highlight,” full of “mystery and insight,” and “shaping his phrases beautifully with a rich, expressive tone” (The New York Times).

Mr. Nuccio has been the Principal Clarinetist of the Houston Symphony since 2016. Prior to that, he was a member of the New York Philharmonic for seventeen years and held positions in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida. He has performed concerti multiple times with Houston and the New York Philharmonic, among others, and while in New York he was a regular performer at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 92nd Street Y.

Nuccio’s work with students is his proudest accomplishment. He has done this as a faculty member, currently at the Frost School of Music (University of Miami), and previously at Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, and Duquesne University. During the summers, he has taught and performed at Brevard, Aspen, National Repertory Orchestra, and Sarasota Music Festival (2023), among others.

Mark Nuccio is a performing artist/clinician for Buffet Music Group and an Advising Artist and Clinician for D’Addario.

More information can be found on his website,