Antony Pay was born in London, and gained his early experience playing the clarinet in the National Youth Orchestra, with which he also played concertos in Germany, Russia and Scandinavia at the age of 16.
Antony Pay also performs on period clarinets, and his recordings of the Mozart, Weber and Crusell Concertos are played on specially reconstructed instruments. He currently plays in The Academy of Ancient Music and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with both of which he is a frequent soloist. His recording of the Mozart concerto with The AAM and Christopher Hogwood is available on Decca (414 339-2). He has written for the journal Early Music, and contributed a chapter to the Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet. He is working on a book concerned mainly with the use of metaphor in teaching and learning to play the clarinet.
Antony Pay was born in London, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and read Mathematics at Cambridge University. He has been Principal Clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta (of which he was a founder member) and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and a member of several chamber ensembles, including the Nash Ensemble, the Tuckwell Wind Quintet, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, and Hausmusik.
Since 1984 he has concentrated on mainly on solo playing and chamber music, recording the Spohr and Mozart Concertos for Decca and the Weber and Crusell Concertos for Virgin Classics. He has conducted the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Germany, Austria and Holland, the London Sinfonietta throughout Europe, and orchestras in Scandinavia, Italy and the United States. Antony Pay also performs on period clarinets, and his recordings of the Mozart, Weber and Crusell Concertos are played on specially reconstructed instruments.