American conductor, Anthony Parnther, is the Music Director and Conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and the Southeast Symphony & Chorus in Los Angeles. Anthony also serves as the Artistic Director of Musicians at Play and as Resident Conductor of the newly established Orchestra US.
Anthony has conducted artists spanning every musical genre including Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, Yundi Li, Lynn Harrell, Frederica von Stade, Roderick Williams, The Canadian Brass, Jennifer Holliday, Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Omar Appollo, and Alan Walker. Recent guest conducting engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chineke! Orchestra, Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Hear Now Music Festival, BrightworkNewMusic, UCLA Philharmonia, the Pittsburgh Microtonal Festival, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, and the World Opera Forum in Madrid, Spain.
Over the last decade, Anthony has conducted the Hollywood Studio Symphony on a lengthy list of the top film, television, and video game entities in the world. This includes Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Tenet, Little, The Hunt, Fargo, The Way Back, The Night Of, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and League of Legends. He has conducted hundreds of sessions for a long list of media composers including Ludwig Göransson, Jeff Russo, Rob Simonsen, Nathan Barr, and Germaine Franco. Anthony has accepted invitations with orchestras internationally to conduct live film concerts, particularly the scores of John Williams, Michael Giacchino, and Jerry Goldsmith. His live orchestral concert appearances for Riot Games' League of Legends in Barcelona, Beijing, Seoul, and Los Angeles are among the most viewed symphonic concerts in the world, with live audiences of 50,000+ spectators and a viewership that outpaces the World Series with approximately 100 million live streaming each League of Legends Finals Opening Ceremony concert.
Recognized as a leading authority on orchestral works by minority and women composers, Anthony has restored and performed orchestral works by Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, George Walker, Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, and Samuel Coleridge Taylor. He has given premieres of works by Errollyn Wallen, John Wineglass, Gary Powell Nash, and Marian Harrison. He has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by sixty living Black composers such as Renee Baker, James Wilson, Phillip Herbert, Daniel Kidane, Chanda Dancy, and James Newton. He was profiled by Los Angeles' KCET/TV as a "Local Hero" in 2015 for his extensive community outreach and advocacy for the performance of works by Black, Latino, and Women artists.
Anthony studied music performance at Northwestern University and continued his musical studies at Yale University where he studied orchestral conducting with Lawrence Leighton Smith and Otto Werner Mueller. In addition, Anthony studied applied voice and choral conducting with Thomas Jenrette and wind conducting with Roxanne Haskill, the retired director of the Marine Corps Music Program. He also received guidance and inspiration from Cliff Colnot, David Webb, Lafe Cook, W. Francis McBeth, and Frank Battisti. He resides in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.