Music Director & Conductor, Anthony Quartuccio
Anthony is a conductor comfortable in both concert hall and opera house, conducting at Opera San Jose and as assistant conductor of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, making his debut March 2006. He is the founding music director of the Bay Shore Lyric Opera in Capitola and has conducted numerous critically acclaimed productions: La Boheme, Rigoletto, Pagliacci, La Traviata, and many more. He also conducted the Santa Clara Chorale, Nova Vista Symphony, Winchester Orchestra of San Jose and served as assistant/rehearsal conductor for Vladimir Spivakov and the Monterey Symphony Orchestra. With numerous appearances around the country as a concert accordionist, his prowess has taken him to Asia and the Czech Republic.
Anthony graduated from Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where the President described him as “Gifted and serious with the highest standards of excellence, both musically and personally.” Obtaining a fellowship to study conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, Director of Orchestral Studies at Curtis and the Julliard School, a personal career grant was awarded from David Packard for advanced conducting studies; he served as assistant to eminent conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and Cincinnati Symphony, Max Rudolf, completing studies in conducting, piano and music theory.
At 22, he made his professional conducting debut with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed assistant San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra conductor, an apprentice position created for him. Anthony is the first and only conductor to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree Cum Laude from Santa Clara University. As recipient of Santa Clara’s highest honor, the Performer’s Certificate of Excellence, he served as University Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor and taught conducting and music theory. His strong commitment to musical growth is evidenced in the numerous local concert and concerto competitions he conducts for the California Professional Music Teachers’ Association.