ANTHONY IANNACCONE (born New York City, 1943) studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His principal teachers were Vittorio Giannini, Aaron Copland, and David Diamond. During the 1960's, he supported himself as a part-time teacher (Manhattan School of Music) and orchestral violinist. His catalogue of approximately 50 published works includes three symphonies, smaller works for orchestra, several large works for chorus and orchestra, numerous chamber pieces, large works for wind ensemble, and several extended a cappella choral compositions. His music is performed by major orchestras and professional chamber ensembles in the US and abroad. He is an active conductor of both new music and standard orchestral repertory. In addition to conducting numerous regional and metropolitan orchestras in the US, he has conducted several European orchestras, including the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the Bavarian Festival Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moravian Philharmonic, and the Slovak Radio Orchestra. Since 1971, he has taught at Eastern Michigan University, where, for 30 years, he conducted the Collegium Musicum Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, focusing on 18th-century repertory.
Iannaccone’s works have won many first prizes in national and international competitions, including the Ravel Prize for RITUALS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, the Dutka Foundation Prize for STRING QUARTET NO. 3, the Ostwald Award for SEA DRIFT, and the SAI/C.F.Peters Award for TWO-PIANO INVENTIONS. His WAITING FOR SUNRISE ON THE SOUND was chosen as one of five finalists in the 2001 London Symphony Orchestra Masterprize competition from a field of 1151 orchestral works submitted. Several of Iannaccone’s works for chamber and large ensembles have entered the standard repertory. Describing his music, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians states, “organic growth inspires music of great strength and formal clarity, as opening bars generate the textural and thematic contours that forge contrasting sections of reflection and cross-rhythmic dynamism.” Iannaccone has received grants, awards, and commissions from numerous institutions, orchestras, foundations, and organizations, such as the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, Cornell University, the Eastman School of Music, the Prague Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony, the Michigan Council for the Arts, East and West Artists of New York, the Tucson Chamber Music Festival, and Continental Harmony, among many others. Recent commissions include a quintet for clarinet and strings for Richard Stoltzman, a choral work for the Ithaca College School of Music, and an orchestral work for the Dearborn Symphony.