Anthony Ritchie


Anthony Ritchie

Anthony Ritchie (born in 1960) is one of New Zealand's most prolific composers. His works number over a hundred, and include two symphonies, two operas, seven concertos, choral works, chamber music and solo works.

Anthony Ritchie completed a Ph.D. on the music of Bartok in 1987, studying at the Bartok Archives in Budapest. He studied composition with Attila Bozay at the Liszt Academy, and completed his Mus.B (honors) at the University of Canterbury. Upon returning to New Zealand, in succession he took on the posts of Composer-in-Schools in Christchurch, Mozart Fellow at Otago University and Composer-in-Residence at the Dunedin Sinfonia, where he wrote his Symphony No 1. He has worked as a freelance composer since 1994, and has written for a wide variety of performers including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia , Michael Houstoun and Wilma Smith. As well as having composed a large variety of vocal and instrumental works he has also written music for theatre and dance. Many of his works have been performed overseas, and a growing number are being recorded and published commercially.

Works

*"Concertino for Piano and Strings " (1982)
*"Piano Concerto" (1982)
*"Symphony No.1 Boum" (1993)
*"Flute Concerto" (1993)
*"Viola Concerto" (1994-5)
*"Concerto for Soprano Saxophone" (1996)
*"Guitar Concerto" (1997)
*"Double Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Cello" (1999)
*"Symphony No.2 The Widening Gyre" (1999)
*"The God Boy", opera (2004)
*"Quartet", opera (2003)

External links

* [http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/composer/1082 Brief biography of composer]
* [http://www.anthonyritchie.co.nz/index.html Home page]
* [http://www.trustcds.com/pages/artists/ARitchie.html Review of a CD featuring works by Anthony Ritchie]
* [http://www.anthonyritchie.co.nz/opus.html Complete list of compositions]
* [http://www.otago.ac.nz/music/staff/anthonyritchie.html Profile at the University of Otago]
* [http://www.anthonyritchie.co.nz/concerto.html List of Concerots]


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