Mark Nuccio (G86) is principal clarinet of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He began his position with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in the 2016-17 season after 17 years with the New York Philharmonic, where he served as associate principal and Eb clarinetist as well as acting principal clarinet from 2009-2013. He has held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida working with distinguished conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, André Previn, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Gustavo Dudamel. Additionally, Nuccio has toured extensively with the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in numerous countries and recorded with both orchestras.
An active solo and chamber musician, Nuccio regularly performs recitals in Asia and Europe as well as across the United States. During the 2017-18 season, he appeared with the Colorado Philharmonic and had his subscription solo debut with the Houston Symphony. Nuccio also performs and teaches in summer music festivals including the Texas Music Festival, Buffet Clarinet Academy, Strings in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs, and Tippet Rise Music Festival. As a studio musician, Nuccio is featured on numerous movie soundtracks and in various television commercials. His debut album featuring the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, Opening Night, was released in November 2006.
A Colorado native, Nuccio was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado. He also holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University. Beyond his active performing schedule, Nuccio is a dedicated teacher committed to training the next generation of musicians. He currently teaches at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music.