Anthony & Beard Trumpet and Organ Duo
ANTHONY & BEARD
Trumpet and Organ Duo
"Heavenly sounds... great onstage chemistry...fluidity and finesse."
(The Commercial Appeal, Memphis)
Since 1993, the kaleidoscopically blended performances of trumpeter Ryan Anthony and organist Gary Beard have delighted audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, and Russia with their virtuoso talents and imaginative programming of Baroque concerti, traditional classical works, spirituals and folk songs, orchestral transcriptions, and Broadway melodies.
Ryan Anthony has performed for literally millions of people through his work with the legendary brass quintet Canadian Brass from 2000–2003. For over 25 years he has received wide acclaim for his charismatic musicality, technical prowess, and charming wit. He is now one of America's most sought after trumpet soloists. Ryan began his career at age 16 when he won the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors Concerto Competition—the second person to win the Grand Prize after violinist Joshua Bell. The prize offered performances as featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony and at the Kennedy Center and the U.S. State Department in Washington DC. In 1987 he was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Mr. Anthony is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He held the position of Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and also served on the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has been invited to give master classes at major conservatories in Beijing, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hong Kong, London, Montréal, Paris, and Seoul, among many others. During Ryan’s tenure, the Canadian Brass was the headliner ensemble for Symphony Pop Concert Series all over the country, including those sponsored by the Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Memphis, Phoenix, St. Louis, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, National, Baltimore, and Seattle symphony orchestras. Ryan Anthony has performed as a member of the New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Cleveland and Cleveland Pops Orchestras. He is now the Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and continues to perform occasional concerts with Canadian Brass.
The autumn of 2012 brought a change to Mr. Anthony’s life and career with a diagnosis of an incurable cancer. After a stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow and blood) he started The Ryan Anthony Foundation to use music to promote cancer research. The concerts, called “Cancer Blows”, have taken off as an important vehicle for musicians and audiences to unite in finding a cure.
The amazingly versatile Gary Beard has performed widely as organist, pianist, conductor, and accompanist at some of the world's great music venues and festivals, including New York City Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Mormon Tabernacle, St. Peter's Cathedral, Salzburg, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, and the Spoleto Festival USA. Most recently he has appeared in concert in Phoenix, Dallas, New York City, Palm Beach, FL, and in Memphis with world renowned operatic soprano Kallen Esperian, and as conductor of the annual “Elvis Tribute Concert” with the Memphis Symphony. He has appeared as soloist with the Arkansas, Memphis, Denver, and Florida Philharmonic symphonies under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Thomas Schippers, and Kurt Klippstaeter. From 1977 to 2014, Mr. Beard was Artist-in-Residence at Lindenwood Church in Memphis, TN, where he helped develop one of the country’s most acclaimed music programs. While at Lindenwood, he recorded sixteen commercially available albums with the Lindenwood Church Choir and with The Gary Beard Chorale. He continues as Director of Music at Theatre Memphis where he has conducted such musicals as A Little Night Music, Cats, La Cage Aux Folles, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, Curtains, and The King and I. Through those productions he is the recipient of numerous theatre awards for Best Musical Direction. His “other musical life” has included chorus preparation for Barry Manilow, the creation of an original biographical cabaret show, Life Is a Bench, and in 2015 a one-man musical biography chronicling the life of Liberace. He was awarded the Germantown (Tennessee) Arts Alliance’s Arts and Humanities Award “for his vision, dedication and devotion to the highest standards of excellence through his notable and distinguished career in the performing arts.”
Their CD recordings include Ryan Anthony with Gary Beard and Hymns Impromptu, both produced by the Opening Day Entertainment label.
The duo of Anthony & Beard is represented exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.