Nov 2019 ABRSM Examiner for Abu Dhabi, UAE
Anthony Whittaker was born in Warrington, Cheshire. He studied piano with Peter Wild and composition with James Wishart and Ben Hackbarth.
He is a graduate of the University of London, BMus(Hons) and he has an MMus degree and PhD in original composition from the University of Liverpool. He also holds the LRAM diploma in piano teaching alongside ARCO and LTCL diplomas in organ performance.
Anthony is a qualified post-16 teacher and holds a Cert Ed and post-graduate Diploma in Educational Management. He started Lecturing in music in 1995 when he joined the staff of the School of Performing Arts at the City of Liverpool College. Since 2007 he has been a director of his own company and works as a composer, arranger, pianist and teacher.
As a composer, he has had several commissions and successes. Coelos Acendit for children’s voices was performed at the Royal Festival Hall; A Litany and Agnus Dei for TTBB have been broadcast on S4C television, the later being premiered in the Pauluskirche, Berlin; Drift, for six pianos, was performed by Joanna McGregor and Liverpool Hope University College Piano Ensemble as part of an SPNM festival.
More recent work includes the orchestral piece Another Place recorded by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and chamber music pieces for the pianist, Fali Pavri, violinist, Steve Wilkie and Oboist, Manon Lewis. A new work for solo horn was premiered in 2017 by Sam Bessen at the University of Maryland as was a piece for two flutes in Athens and Warsaw by Iwonka Glinka and Renata Guzik.
As a performer, Anthony has worked as a soloist, accompanist and repétiteur throughout Europe, Canada and the USA. He has played on BBC Radio, RTÉ 1 & 2, and has provided sound tracks for the BBC and Granada Television.