He is a composer, conductor, organ virtuoso,
harpsichordist, fortepianist and teacher born in Los
Angeles, California, who
began to show his musical abilities from a very young age.
He took his studies in both the United
States and France
in the 1950s. His studies at the Ecole Normal de Musique in France
resulted in a Diplome Superieur
with his piano teacher Alfred Cortot adding a
commendation. His education in
the United States after his return from Paris resulted in his Bachelor
degree from Mannes College of Music, studying
composition at Harvard University, where he graduated with his Master’s
in 1963 and further studies at Boston University where he was awarded his
In the late 1960s/early 1970s he concentrated more on the
conducting side of things and became the Assistant to Noah Greenburg who
was the New York Pro Musica’s Director. He also founded the Brandenburg Collegium.
It was not long before his expertise as a musician,
conductor and composer were recognised and over time he became recognised
as one of America’s
top organ virtuosos and has been said to be “America’s
foremost Bach interpreter”.
These attributes have seen him sought after since the 1980s for tours,
concerts, premieres and recordings by orchestras, ensembles, choirs and
solo musicians all over the world.
Some of these have included the sopranos Julianne Baird and Kathleen
Battle, Leonard Bernstein, Brandenburg Collegium,
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chestnut Brass Company, Choral Guild of
Atlanta, English Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra, Lorin Maazel,
Marsalis, Mostly Mozart Festival, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic Orchestra, the violinist Itzak Perlman, the flautist Jean-Paul Rampal,
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Seattle
Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Symphony and the
flautist Eugenie Zukerman.
His released recordings as a solo artist or
collaborator, which amount to more than 170 to date, have received a lot of
critical acclaim and saw his 1989 fortepiano performance of Beethoven’s
“Third Concerto” being named “Record of the Year”
by Stereo Review and the 1996 In
Gabriel’s Garden with Wynton Marsalis
and the English Chamber Orchestra reached No. 1 on the Billboard classical
album chart. Marsalis is said to
have dubbed him “The High Priest of Bach”.
He has been a consultant at Alice Tully Hall for the
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and was an
organist for Alice Tully’s 90th birthday celebration, he revived Sancta Suzanna by Paul Hindemith and
conducted a performance of it in Prague. He has been the Dean of Krakow’s
Academy in Poland,
the Music Director at Bedford New
York’s Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church
and the Music Director of New York’s
Not content just conducting and playing music, he has
also written a huge range of compositions that include two operas, four symphonies,
four concertos, chamber music, choral works and guitar, piano and organ
pieces. These have now been
performed throughout the United States
and Europe and gained him 30 ASCAP composer awards.
In the field of musical education he has been on the
faculty of Indiana University
and the Juilliard School. He has also been on the faculty of
State University of New York’s Purchase
College as the Head of the
Graduate Music Program.
Involved in charitable work, he has done voluntary
work at Stamford Hospital, been a member of the organisation which helps
the terminally ill known as Hospice International and belonged to Outreach
which gives shelter and food to the needy in White Plains, New York.
Anthony Newman recordings
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Frederick Oakeley/John
Sony SFK 62698 (CD: The Joy of Christmas)
Arranger – John Rutter
Chestnut Brass Company
Choral Guild of Atlanta