ANTHONY NEWMAN’s collaborations include some of the greats of music, among them Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, John Nelson, and Leonard Bernstein. He has guest conducted many of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A whole series of orchestral conducting triumphs with the Seattle Symphony, the San Francisco Baroque, and the New York Chamber Orchestra during the 1997/98 season raised him to the top ranks of Baroque and Classical specialist conductors.
Newman was Young Concert Artists’ only harpsichordist, ever! At Lincoln Center alone he has appeared more than 50 times as soloist during his career. His duo appearances with flutist Eugenia Zukerman at the New York Public Library are now in their 20th year. In Gabriel’s Garden (1996), a collaboration with Wynton Marsalis and the English Chamber Orchestra on Sony, was a No. 1 classical bestseller for a full year. Among his more unusual European appearances was the first performance of Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna in chamber version. In East Germany, he conducted the first performance of César Franck’s Chasseur Maudit and Liszt’s Les Preludes since the end of World War II. Newman is Music Director of Bach Works, New York’s only all-Bach organization, and of the Bedford Chamber Concerts series at St. Matthew’s Church in Bedford, NY.
No less prodigious as a composer, his works have been heard in such cities as Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, Singapore, and London. His compositions include many sonatas and concertos, numerous choral works, a complete set of piano and organ preludes and fugues in every key, and others. All of his works are published by T.D. Ellis Music Publishing in Old Greenwich, CT. Newman’s biography was published in 2001 by Scarecrow Press.
Anthony Newman was born in Los Angeles, and studied in Paris with Alfred Cortot and famed Notre Dame organist Pierre Cochereau. Later, he received degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York, Harvard University, and Boston University. He was a professor of music at SUNY College at Purchase for 30 years.
As a person committed to outreach, he has been a volunteer at Stamford Hospital and a member of Hospice since 1994. He holds the following degrees: Diplôme Supérieure, École Normale de Musique, Paris; BS, Mannes College, N.Y.; MA, Harvard University; and DMA, Boston.