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Anthony Ritchie

Anthony Ritchie was born in New Zealand in 1960, the son of prominent composer John Ritchie. He is a senior lecturer in composition at the University of Otago, and his works are performed regularly by a variety of performance ensembles and individuals.

Recordings featuring Anthony Ritchie

Landscapes: New Zealand Orchestral Music
Favourite symphonic works from New Zealand

MMT2037, Released 2001
 
Parihaka: New Zealand Music
New Zealand songs, music & poetry

MMT2033, Released 2000
 
Spirit of the Land: New Zealand Choral Music
Music and words inspired by the New Zealand landscape

MMT2065, Released 2006
 
Taurangi: New Zealand Music for Flute and Piano
New Music for Flute and Piano

MMT2063-64, Released 2006
 

Biography

Anthony Ritchie was born in New Zealand in 1960, the son of prominent composer John Ritchie. He completed a Ph.D. on the music of Bartok in 1987, studying at the Bartok Archives in Budapest. He also studied composition with Attila Bozay at the Liszt Academy, and completed his Mus.B (Honours) at the University of Canterbury. During this time his Concertino for Piano and Strings was recorded onto LP by Kiwi Pacific.

In 1987 he was Composer-in-Schools in Christchurch, before moving to Dunedin as Mozart Fellow (1988-9) at the University of Otago. Anthony was Composer-in-Residence with the Dunedin Sinfonia in 1993-94, completing his Symphony No. 1 “Boum. He freelanced from 1995-2002, writing commissioned works for performers as diverse as the NZSO, Class Act Opera, and Footnote Dance Company. In 2000 his Symphony No.2 was premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the International Festival of the Arts, and was followed up by the comic opera Quartet at the 2004 Festival. Anthony has composed film music in collaboration with Natural History NZ, including Southern Journeys (2000) and Timeless Land (2003). In 2004 his opera, The God Boy, was a critically acclaimed success at the Otago Arts Festival, and in 2005 his 24 Piano Preludes were released on CD by Atoll, also to good reviews. In 2006 a CD of Ritchie’s chamber music was released by Kiwi Pacific Records, and his symphonies were released in 2007 on that label.

Anthony is a senior lecturer in composition at the University of Otago, as well as freelance composing. His works are regularly performed in New Zealand, and increasingly overseas as well.



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