Anthony Trionfo is quickly establishing himself as a leading and versatile musician of his generation. The Santa Barbara Voice hailed Anthony as “spellbinding, playing with expressive maturity and authoritative intellect.” Anthony was awarded First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
A natural soloist, Anthony took the stage for the first time at 14, performing with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as a winner of their Young Artist Concerto Competition. Since then, he has gone on to perform concertos with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington D.C., the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Music Academy Festival Orchestra among others as the winner of their respective concerto competitions. Most recently, Anthony performed Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra with the Colburn Orchestra under the baton of Yehuda Gilad. He has appeared twice on NPR’s From the Top alongside acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, performing in Boston’s Jordan Hall in 2012 as a recipient of the $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and in 2014 as the Featured Alumni Performer in Aspen, Colorado. The 2017/2018 season will include debuts in New York and Washington D.C. as part of the Young Concert Artists Series.
Anthony’s love for chamber music allows him to constantly collaborate with other musicians. In January 2015, Anthony joined forces with internationally renowned pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a performance of Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Piano as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society Series. As a winner of the 2013 National YoungARTS Foundation competition, Anthony traveled to Miami, Florida where he performed alongside other musicians and received guidance from celebrated artists including composer Efraín Amaya, pianist Marina Lomazov, and tubist John Stevens. Having played in a variety of ensembles, Anthony has had the chance to work with Martin Beaver, Astrid Schween, and Allan Vogel.
Equally at home in the orchestra, Anthony served as principal flute of the American Youth Symphony under Alexander Treger during the 2015/2016 season. Currently, Anthony is an active member of the Colburn Orchestra and has performed with conductors including Stéphane Denève, Sir Neville Marriner, Nicholas McGegan, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano and David Zinman. Earning fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2014 and 2015, Anthony performed with the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra and served as principal flute in the Aspen Opera Orchestra’s 2014 production of Bizet’s Carmen. As a fellow of the Music Academy of the West in both 2016 and 2017, Anthony worked with conductors including Matthew Aucoin, James Gaffigan, Alan Gilbert, Larry Rachleff, and Case Scaglione.
Anthony has a passion for nurturing the growth of young musicians. In 2015, Anthony completed the Colburn Teaching Fellows program under the guidance of Dr. Robert Duke, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of the Center for Music Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. He has since gone on to be a teaching artist in the 2015 Aspen Passes and Lessons Program. Currently, he is a teaching artist with the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program in Los Angeles and maintains a private studio.
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Anthony began playing the flute at the age of 11 and soon started taking lessons with Dr. Megan Lanz. He completed his high school education at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan under the instruction of Nancy Stagnitta where he received the Fine Arts Award upon graduation. Anthony recently completed his Bachelor of Music at the Colburn School and is currently in his first year of graduate studies at the Colburn School where he studies with James Walker. Additional inspiration and tutelage has come from Nadine Asin, Timothy Day, Emmanuel Pahud, and Mark Sparks. Outside of music, Anthony is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo and enjoys cooking, dancing, reading, and watching reality television.