In May of 2019, American conductor, Anthony Parnther, was appointed Music Director of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, after a two-year-long worldwide search. He has embraced an international career that emphasizes his passion for storytelling with audiences worldwide, advocating for underrepresented talent in the concert hall, and cultivating inspiring experiences with underserved communities. He has garnered considerable praise for his leadership and interpretive prowess throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain, and has recently accepted engagements in China, South Korea, Czechoslovakia, Australia, and South America.
Anthony has collaborated onstage and in the recording studio with luminaries spanning every musical genre including Joshua Bell, Yundi Li, Frederica von Stade, Roderick Williams, Cirque de la Symphonie, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan, the Canadian Brass, Kanye West, Wes Borland, Imagine Dragons, Erick Morillo, Zedd, Alan Walker, and Rihanna.
In addition to the traditional repertoire, Anthony is devoted to orchestral works by minority and women composers, both of whom are widely neglected in leading concert halls throughout the United States.
He has successfully commissioned, performed, or recorded over one hundred works in this genre. This includes scholarly reconstructions and premieres of previously unknown works by Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, George Walker, Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and newly commissioned works by Renee Baker, John Wineglass, Gary Powell Nash, and Marian Harrison.
On the 50th Anniversary of the internment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Anthony led the Chineke! Orchestra in the world premiere of Daniel Kidane’s “Dream Song” which was commissioned for the re-opening of Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre in London, England. This historic concert was broadcast internationally by the BBC and met with widespread critical acclaim. Only two maestros have been bestowed the honor of "opening" the QEH; the first was Benjamin Britten exactly fifty years earlier.
In the Spring of 2018, the Herb Alpert School of Music at The University of California, Los Angeles commemorated the 65th birthday of distinguished avant-garde composer, James Newton, with a celebratory concert series highlighting his works over a period of three decades. Anthony conducted the world premiere of Newton’s Glimpses of the Garden of Eden, Elisha's Gift, and Beauty and Strength at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. In the Spring of 2018, he conducted and recorded works that highlighted contemporary Afro-British composers including Errollyn Wallen, James Wilson, and Philip Herbert with the Chineke! Orchestra. NMC will release these recordings in the Spring of 2019. Anthony also commissioned and conducted Chanda Dancy's widely heralded and politically charged "Centrifuge: Or The Powers That Separate Us" which was premiered at the historic Shatto Chapel in Los Angeles. He was profiled by Los Angeles' KCET/TV as a "Local Hero" in 2015 during black history month for his extensive community outreach and advocacy for the performance of works by minority and women artists.
Anthony is in demand as a recording session conductor with the Hollywood Studio Symphony for motion picture, television, and video game scores. He regularly leads sessions at all of the historic stages including 20th Century Fox, MGM/Sony, Warner Brothers, Skywalker Ranch, EastWest, United, and Capitol Records. Riot Game's League of Legends©, with its 120 million active players worldwide, is the most played video game on earth and Anthony has served as principal conductor for scoring sessions and live concerts since 2013. These concert events, with upwards of seventy five-thousand audience members, are among the largest crowds a live orchestra has concertized for. The live-streamed broadcasts of the LoL World Finals opening and closing ceremonies average over forty-million viewers worldwide, outpacing the World Series. Anthony has led these mega-concert productions globally, including at such venues as the World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea), the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, the Water Cube and Birds Nest National Stadium in Beijing, China, and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Anthony is the proud son of immigrants. His father emigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica at the height of the Korean War and served in the United States Navy before embarking on an engineering career. His mother came to America from the remote Pacific microstate of Samoa before starting her own business ventures. Anthony was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and the family eventually relocated to Washington D.C. and New York City before settling in central Virginia where Anthony became active in the instrumental music program. While in high school, Anthony learned the cello, bassoon, and the tuba and developed secondary interests in acting, singing, and creative writing before deciding to enter university fully committed to music.
He is currently in his ninth season as Music Director of the Southeast Symphony in Los Angeles, California. He previously served as Music Director of the Orange County Symphony in Anaheim, California, and the Temecula Valley Symphony in Temecula, California. In 2008, Anthony founded the Orange County Wind Symphony, which was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, he established the "All-star" Wind Orchestra of the West, which comprises musicians from Southern California's preeminent orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Studio Symphony.
Anthony studied conducting at Northwestern University with Victor Yampolsky and Yale University with Lawrence Leighton Smith. He also received guidance and mentorship with Cliff Colnot, W. Francis McBeth, and Frank Battisti. He resides in Los Angeles.
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