Anthony Parnther

Anthony Parnther serves as music director and conductor of California’s San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and the Southeast Symphony and Chorus, founded as an all-Black ensemble in 1948. He also leads the Gateway Festival Orchestra, affiliated with the Eastman School of Music.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, he has also led such eminent American orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony, which he conducted at its celebrated live screening of “Black Panther.” He also has led international ensembles as the Chineke! Orchestra, with which he re-opened London’s newly renovated Queen Elizabeth Hall in a historic concert that was broadcast live worldwide by the BBC.

Based in Los Angeles, he has led the Hollywood Studio Symphony in recording sessions for many international feature film and television projects, including “Star Wars: The Mandalorian,” “Tenet,” “Little,” “American Dad,” “The Hunt,” “Fargo,” “The Way Back,” “The Night Of,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Encanto,” “Star Wars: Book of Boba Fett” and “Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild.”

As principal conductor of e-sports titan League of Legends, his performances in Barcelona, Beijing, Seoul and Los Angeles are among the most widely viewed symphonic concerts in the world, drawing live audiences of between 50,000 and 75,000 spectators, as well as an online viewership of approximately 100 million live streams for each Finals Opening Ceremony concert.

Parnther attended Northwestern University and Yale University and is a bassoonist as well as a conductor. 

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