Dr. Anthony Branker
Dr. Anthony Branker
Dr. Anthony Branker's work as a composer, educator, scholar, conductor, and performer has been featured on the international stage in Brazil, Italy, Denmark, Greece, China, Estonia, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, and Japan as well as throughout the United States.
Branker holds an endowed chair in jazz studies and is founder/director of the program in jazz studies at Princeton University. He has also served on the faculty of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia (as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar), Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts, Hunter College (CUNY), and Ursinus College.
The music of composer Anthony Branker stands firmly on jazz traditions while simultaneously pushing the boundaries in bold and beautiful new directions. Recently, he was named in Down Beat magazine’s 62nd Annual Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Composer.” Branker has recorded for Origin Records and Sons of Sound Records and has seven releases in his fast growing and musically rich discography. They include: The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite (Origin, 2014), Uppity (Origin, 2013), Together (Origin, 2012), Dialogic (Origin, 2011), Dance Music (Origin, 2010), Blessings (Origin, 2009), and Spirit Songs (Sons of Sound, 2006).
As a conductor, Dr. Branker has worked with Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Conrad Herwig, Oliver Lake, Frank Foster, Stanley Jordan, Bobby Watson, Michael Mossman, Steve Nelson, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Peterson, Antonio Hart, and Ralph Bowen. He has conducted trumpeter Terence Blanchard's Grammy Award-Winning score for A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) featuring Blanchard and His Quintet along with orchestra, and has guest conducted the Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton University Sinfonia, Jugend Sinfonie Orchester (Bremen, Germany), Israel's Kiryat Ono Symphonic Youth Band, and Japan's Fukui Junior Orchestra.
Dr. Branker's work as a scholar has been shared at conferences and/or published by the International Society for Music Education (ISME), International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM), Research in Music Education (RIME), International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME), College Music Society (CMS), International Jazz Composers Symposium (IJCS), International Association for Jazz Educati