Anthony Newman


March 2, 2014

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The Phillips Collection and the National Gallery of Art jointly present the six English Suites by J.S. Bach, thought to be the earliest of the composer's 18 suites for keyboard. The first three suites are performed at the Phillips by American harpsichordist Anthony Newman, with the concluding three suites performed by pianist Peter Vinograde at the Nationoal Gallery of Art at 6:30 pm the same evening.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806
Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808

Anthony Newman is without question America's foremost Baroque interpreter. Described by Wynton Marsalis as "The High Priest of Bach", and by Time Magazine as "The High Priest of the Harpsichord", Newman has maintained a 40 year career as America's leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist. His prodigious recording output includes more than 170 cds on such labels as CBS, SONY, Deutsche Grammaphon, and Vox Masterworks. In 1989 Stereo Review voted his original instrument recording of Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto as "Record of the Year". His collaboration with Wynton Marsalis on Sony's "In Gabriel's Garden" was the best selling classical CD for 1997.

As a keyboard artist he has performed more than 60 times at Lincoln Center in NYC, and has collaborated with many of the 'greats' of music including Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Eugenia Zukerman, John Nelson, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Levine, Lorin Mazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, Seji Osawa and Leonard Bernstein.

As a conductor he has worked with the greats of chamber music orchestras including St Paul Chamber, LA Chamber, Budapest Chamber, Scottish Chamber, and 92nd St. Y Chamber Orchestras. Larger symphonic groups include Seattle (over 40 appearances), Los Angeles, San Diego, Calgary, Denver, and NY Philharmonic Orchestras.

No less prodigious a composer, his works have been heard in Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, New York and London. His output includes 4 symphonies, 4 concerti, 3 large choral works, 2 operas: Nicole and Massacre (in collaboration with Charles Flowers), 3 cds of piano music, and a large assortment of chamber, organ and guitar works. Complete works are published by Ellis Press (TD Newman has received 30 consecutive composer's awards from ASCAP.

Antony Newman is the music director of "Bach Works," New York's all Bach association, and Bedford Chamber Concerts. He is also on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and on the board of the Musical Quarterly Magazine.

As a person committed to outreach he was a volunteer for Stamford Hospital, a member of Hospice International from 1995 to 2004, and music director of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Bedford NY. Anthony Newman is a Yamaha Artist