Anton Rist has served as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2016, and previously held principal positions with the Princeton and New Haven Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the American Ballet Theater. He has performed as a chamber musician throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, and has performed as a soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival of Orchestras, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Knoxville Symphony.
A dedicated teacher, Rist is a faculty member at the Juilliard Pre College, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Hidden Valley Festival of Winds, Festival Mozaic, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. In addition, he is a founding member of the Montserrat Music Festival in the West Indies.
Born and raised in New York City, Rist received two degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jon Manasse. Additional major teachers were Larry Guy and Jo-Ann Sternberg. While a student, he attended the Verbier, Pacific, and Aspen music festivals.
He was a member of the PMF Academy in 2012. This year he returns to serve as a member of the PMF faculty for the first time.