Anthony Weeden

 “There is a new breed of conductor who earns their respect quickly without any fuss or pretension, who knows the music and is sensitive to situations that make musicians feel vulnerable. Anthony Weeden is the best example of this fresh, human approach.” - Django Bates

Anthony Weeden is a conductor, composer and orchestrator with a keen desire to step beyond traditional musical boundaries. His award-winning work for the film and television industry, orchestrating and conducting Jóhann Jóhannsson’s scores to The Theory of Everything (Golden Globe winner for Best Original Score in 2015) and Sicario (a Lionsgate film starring Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin directed by Denis Villeneuve), and orchestrating David Arnold and Michael Price’s score to BBC TV series Sherlock (Emmy award winning music in 2014), demonstrates why leading film composers consistently choose to work with him. His ability to work in diverse musical styles and genres, his friendly approach and wide-ranging repertoire knowledge ensure Anthony is in demand with Orchestras and ensembles around the world. His previous and current projects include; orchestrating Arnold and Price’s scores to new episodes of Sherlock (BBC), Jekyll and Hyde (ITV) and Unforgotten (ITV), conducting and arranging for Tarik O'Regan, Anna Calvi and Anthony and the Johnsons, and orchestrating and arranging French artists Marc Lavoine, Patricia Petibon and Olivier Py’s new album The Red Shoes.

Anthony’s regular collaborators includes jazz multi-instrumentalist Django Bates; composers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Tarik O'Regan, Stuart MacRae, Junkie XL, Michael Price, David Arnold and Gabriel Prokofiev; singer-songwriters David Byrne, Anna Calvi and Antony & The Johnsons; pianists Joanna MacGregor and Ben Schoeman; bassist-vocalist Richard Bona; guitarist Gary Lucas; vocalists Oleta Adams and Nona Hendryx; saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau; Norwegian experimental jazz band Jaga Jazzist; mezzo soprano Clare Presland; jazz trumpeter Matthias Schriefl; and artist/writer Tamarin Norwood.

Anthony has conducted many orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy at the Kraków Film Music Festival, Metropole Orkest, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Orchestra, Greek National Opera, Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France, L’Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Istanbul, Janacek Philharmonic, Joensuu City Orchestra, TrondheimSolistene, Sinfonietta de Lisboa and Budapest Art Orchestra. Anthony has worked as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel, Daniele Gatti, Andrea Quinn and Martin André, and studied with John Carewe, Jorma Panula, Gerhard Markson, Neil Thomson, Edwin Roxburgh and Julian Anderson.  Upcoming projects include conducting a concert to celebrate Spielberg at 70 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and leading a side-by-side project with players from the BBC Concert Orchestra at Trinity Laban.

Anthony has made recordings for BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM, WDR3 (West German Radio), RTV Utrecht (Netherlands), Metropole Orkest and Weave Records as well as numerous soundtracks for film and TV at world renowned recording facilities Abbey Road Studio and AIR Studios. Anthony is co-founder of the Avenue A Ensemble, whose debut album Rocking Horses was released to great acclaim on iTunes in 2009.

A dedicated music educator, Anthony has coached at the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music Junior and is regularly involved with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s community and education programme - RPO Resound. Anthony is a frequent guest conductor and teacher at many of the UK’s conservatoires and universities.

Originally from the Northern seaside town of Cleethorpes, Anthony began his musical life as a cornet player immersed in the brass band traditions of the region, before studying trumpet and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy. Anthony graduated from the University of Durham, specialising in composition, before continuing his studies in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music. After winning the August Manns prize for conducting two years consecutively at the Royal College of Music, he also became the first ever winner of the Norman Del Mar Conducting Prize in 1999 and was a Western European finalist in the Maazel/Vilar International Conducting Competition in 2002. In 2014 Anthony was awarded an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Anthony Weeden is managed worldwide by Percius.