Anthony Weeden - Conductor and Orchestrator

Photography by Giogia Bertazzi © 2012

Anthony Weeden - Condutor and Orchestrator

BIOGRAPHY

Having been recognised as a conductor who is eager to step beyond traditional musical boundaries, Anthony is now in frequent demand across Europe as a conductor able to work in a range of diverse musical styles and genres. His list of innovative collaborators is lengthy, and includes artists and musicians such as singer-songwriters Antony Hegarty (Antony & The Johnsons) and David Byrne (Talking Heads), composers Tarik O'Regan, Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL), Michael Price and David Arnold, guitarist Gary Lucas, singer Nona Hendryx, pianist Joanna MacGregor, jazz trumpeter Matthias Schriefl, bassists Richard Bona & Greg Cohen, saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau, artist/writer Tamarin Norwood, and the extraordinarily talented jazz artist Django Bates; a relationship which began in 2004 at the Traumzeit festival in Germany with the Duisburger Philharmoniker. During successful return visits to the Duisburger Philharmoniker, Anthony conducted the launch concert of the Ruhrtriennale festival (2006) and the grand finale of the Extraschicht festival (2009) and has been invited to continue his work with the orchestra. Anthony has also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Greek National Opera, Heritage Orchestra, Orchestre National de L'Ile de France, Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon, Novaya Opera Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Istanbul, the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Joensuu City Orchestra, the Et Incarnatus Orkestra, Twentieth Century Orchestra, the Sinfonietta de Lisboa, the Trondheim Solistene, Southbank Sinfonia and the Santa Clarita Valley Symphony (Los Angeles); he has made several recordings and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM, West German Radio (WDR3) and Weave Records; and he currently holds Musical Director/Conductor positions with Antony & the Johnsons, Avenue A Ensemble, Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy Sinfonia, City University Symphony Orchestra, Colne Philharmonic Orchestra and is in increasing demand as a guest conductor across the UK and Europe.

In recent years, Anthony has also been a busy orchestrator in the film & TV industry, working particularly closely with composers Michael Price and David Arnold, and his orchestrations can be heard in the BAFTA winning Sherlock series for the BBC (Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Sean Connery), Wild Target (Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint), Horrid Henry (Richard E. Grant, Angelica Houston), Cheerful Weather for the Wedding and Kula Shaker frontman, Crispian Mills' directorial debut A Fantastic Fear of Everything (Simon Pegg). Anthony is co-founder of the innovative Avenue A Ensemble, for which he also composes and arranges, whose debut album Rocking Horses was released to great acclaim in 2009 (available on iTunes and Spotify).

As a composer, trumpeter and pianist, Anthony studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy until he was 18. He completed his undergraduate degree in music at the University of Durham (1993-1996) specialising in composition, and continued his studies in orchestral conducting as a scholar at the Royal College of Music, London (1997-1999). Anthony studied with John Carewe, Jorma Panula, Edwin Roxburgh, Gerhard Markson and Neil Thomson, and has worked as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel, Daniele Gatti, Andrea Quinn and Martin André. After winning the August Manns prize for conducting two years consecutively, he became the first ever winner of the Norman Del Mar Conducting Prize in 1999 and was a Western European finalist of the Maazel/Vilar International Conducting Competition in February 2002.

Education work plays an important part of Anthony's musical life; alongside the Bar 1 creative workshops he leads with the Avenue A Ensemble, he also coaches at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy and is a frequent guest teacher of orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and City University, London.

CONDUCTOR

Having been recognised as a conductor who is eager to step beyond traditional musical boundaries, Anthony is now in frequent demand across Europe as a conductor able to work in a range of diverse musical styles and genres. His list of innovative collaborators is lengthy, and includes artists and musicians such as singer-songwriters Antony Hegarty (Antony & The Johnsons) and David Byrne (Talking Heads), composers Tarik O'Regan, Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL), Michael Price and David Arnold, guitarist Gary Lucas, singer Nona Hendryx, pianist Joanna MacGregor, jazz trumpeter Matthias Schriefl, bassists Richard Bona & Greg Cohen, saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau, artist/writer Tamarin Norwood, and the extraordinarily talented jazz artist Django Bates; a relationship which began in 2004 at the Traumzeit festival in Germany with the Duisburger Philharmoniker. During successful return visits to the Duisburger Philharmoniker, Anthony conducted the launch concert of the Ruhrtriennale festival (2006) and the grand finale of the Extraschicht festival (2009) and has been invited to continue his work with the orchestra. Anthony has also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Greek National Opera, Heritage Orchestra, Orchestre National de L'Ile de France, Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon, Novaya Opera Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Istanbul, the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Joensuu City Orchestra, the Et Incarnatus Orkestra, Twentieth Century Orchestra, the Sinfonietta de Lisboa, the Trondheim Solistene, Southbank Sinfonia and the Santa Clarita Valley Symphony (Los Angeles); he has made several recordings and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM, West German Radio (WDR3) and Weave Records; and he currently holds Musical Director/Conductor positions with Antony & the Johnsons, Avenue A Ensemble, Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy Sinfonia, City University Symphony Orchestra, Colne Philharmonic Orchestra and is in increasing demand as a guest conductor across the UK and Europe.

Anthony's current repertoire list is available for download.

SELECTED RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

August 23rd, 2014 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

April 17th, 2014 - Heritage Orchestra, Barbican, London with These New Puritans

February 8th, 2014 - Wolsey Orchestra, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, UK

November 23rd, 2013 - Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, Concerthall Alsion, Sønderborg, Denmark with Django Bates

September 21st, 2013 - Metropole Orchestra, Utrecht, Netherlands in the Treaty of Utrecht 300 year anniversary closing spectacle "Sound of Freedom" concert

July 4th, 2013 - Thessaloniki City Orchestra, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece

May 25th, 2013 - Metropole Orchestra Hoofddorp, Netherlands with Richard Bona @ Meer Jazz Festival 2013

April 25th, 2013 - Trinity Laban Sinfonia, Blackheath Concert Halls, UK presenting a selection of classic Film & TV music from the last 100 years

April 13th, 2013 - Metropole Orchestra, Utrecht, Netherlands with composer/DJ Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) in the Treaty of Utrecht 300 year anniversary launch concert

March 9th, 2013 - Junior Academy Sinfonia, Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK

March 3rd, 2013 - The Heritage Orchestra, Paris, France @ Givenchy autumn/winter Womenswear Fashion Show, with Antony & the Johnsons

February 17th, 2013 - Metropole Orchestra, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands with Gary Lucas, Nona Hendryx and Jolene Grunberg in "The World of Captain Beefheart" show

October 12th & 13th, 2012 - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hammer Hall, Melbourne, Australia @ Melbourne Festival with Antony

August 3rd, 2012 - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm, Sweden @ Stockholm Music and Arts Festival with Antony

July 28th, 2012 - 21st Century Orchestra, Lucern, Switzerland @ Blue Balls Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

July 25th, 2012 - Sinfonietta de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal @ Cascais Music Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

July 22nd, 2012 - Et Incarnatus Orkestra, San Sebastian, Spain @ Jazzaldia Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

July 19th, 2012 - Trondheim Solistene, Molde, Norway @ Molde Jazz Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

July 15th, 2012 - Joensuu City Orchestra, Joensuu, Finland @ Ilosaarirock Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

July 13th, 2012 - Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrawa, Czech Republic @ Colours of Ostrava Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

July 11th, 2012 - Metropole Orchestra, Ghent, Belgium @ Gent Jazz Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

July 6th, 2012 - Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon, Théâtre antique de Fourvière, Lyon, France with Antony & the Johnsons

July 3rd, 2012 - L'Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Salle Pleyel, Paris, France with Antony & the Johnsons

June 5th, 2012 - Metropole Orchestra, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Holland Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

June 2nd, 2012 - Novaya Opera Orchestra, Moscow, Russia @ Ahmad Tea Festival with Antony & the Johnsons

May 10th, 2012 - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Sinfonia, Blackheath Concert Halls, UK

April 20th, 2012 - Metropole Orchestra, RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands

ORCHESTRATOR

In recent years, Anthony has also been a busy orchestrator in the film & TV industry, working particularly closely with composers Michael Price and David Arnold, and his orchestrations can be heard in the BAFTA winning Sherlock series for the BBC (Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Sean Connery), Wild Target (Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint), Horrid Henry (Richard E. Grant, Angelica Houston), Cheerful Weather for the Wedding and Kula Shaker frontman, Crispian Mills' directorial debut A Fantastic Fear of Everything (Simon Pegg) and ITV's Lightfields. Anthony is co-founder of the innovative Avenue A Ensemble, for which he also composes and arranges, whose debut album Rocking Horses was released to great acclaim in 2009 (available on iTunes and Spotify).

Gallery

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Contact

For conducting work please contact: Mary Kaptein Management

For general enquiries & orchestration: enquiries@anthonyweeden.com

Photography by Giogia Bertazzi © 2012