Maestro Anthony Parnther

Music Director and Conductor

Maestro Anthony ParntherAfter a two-year-long international search, American conductor, Anthony Parnther, was named Music Director of the San Bernardino Symphony in May of 2019. The 19/20 season also marks Anthony's tenth season as Music Director of the Southeast Symphony in Los Angeles. Anthony serves as the Artistic Director of Musicians at Play, an organization dedicated to preserving the musical legacy of Los Angeles while raising money for music programs throughout Southern California. 

Anthony has embraced an international career that emphasizes his passion for storytelling with audiences, advocating for underrepresented talent in the concert hall, and cultivating inspiring experiences with underrepresented communities.

In addition to the standard Classical repertoire, Anthong is a leading authority on orchestral works by minority and women composers. He has restored and performed 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 living 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 minority and women artists. 

Anthony Parnther has collaborated onstage with luminaries spanning every musical genre. This extensive list of icons includes Joshua Bell, Yundi Li, Frederica von Stade, Roderick Williams, the Canadian Brass, Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Holliday, Alan Walker, and the late Lynn Harrell. 

He is in demand as a recording session conductor for film, television, and video game scores. In 2019, Anthony conducted the scores of over twenty commercially released scores including Little (Universal Pictures - starring Issa Rae and Marsai Martin, score by Germaine Franco), The Way Back (Warner Brothers - starring Ben Affleck, score by Rob Simonsen), The Hunt (Universal Pictures - starring Hillary Swank and Emma Roberts, score by Nathan Barr), and the new hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian (Disney Pictures - score by Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson).

Anthony studied music performance at Northwestern University and orchestral conducting at Yale University where he studied with Lawrence Leighton Smith and Otto Werner Mueller.  He also received guidance from Cliff Colnot, W. Francis McBeth, Thomas Jenrette, Roxanne Haskill, and Frank Battisti. He resides in Los Angeles.