Anthony Thompson, Clarinet


As a freelance clarinetist, Anthony Thompson performs with many Toronto-based ensembles.  As an orchestral musician, Anthony appears frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed under the baton of renowned conductors Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Kerry Stratton, and Sir Andrew Davis.  Anthony has also appeared with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Anthony has a deep passion for contemporary music, performing regularly with many of Canada's premier new music ensembles such as New Music Concerts, Continuum, and Soundstreams.  Additionally, he is a full-time member of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble and the Thin Edge New Music Collective.  He has performed in contemporary music festivals across Canada, most recently in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as in Asia at the National Concert Hall in Taipei and the Beijing Modern Music Festival.

As a founding member of the Blythwood Winds woodwind quintet, Anthony is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly at many of Toronto’s musical and cultural venues.  In addition to his performance career, Anthony has a private teaching studio and also composes music for solo clarinet and bass clarinet.  Anthony holds an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Northridge.  His teachers include Joaquin Valdepeñas, Dr. Robert Spring, Dr. Julia Heinen, and Keith Lemmons.