Anthony Quartuccio, a conductor equally comfortable in the concert hall and the opera house, conducts at Opera San Jose, is assistant conductor of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and is music director of the Gavilan College/South Valley Symphony in Silicon Valley. Quartuccio is also founding music director of the Bay Shore Lyric Opera in Capitola, where he conducted critically acclaimed productions including La Boheme, Rigoletto, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, and Die Fledermaus. Recently, Mr. Quartuccio’s talents as an opera conductor have become recognized nationally. After a performance of Il Trovatore, Opera News wrote: “The orchestra managed a suitably grand effect, with conductor Anthony Quartuccio bringing out leggiero nuances, lyrical phrasings and vivid colors of Verdi’s score, while also building up thrilling climaxes that never overwhelmed the vocal lines.”
At Opera San Jose, he has led performances of Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Tosca, The Flying Dutchman, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Pagliacci. He has also conducted the Santa Clara Chorale, the Nova Vista Symphony, the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose, The Japanese Choral Federations of Northern and Southern California, and served as assistant/rehearsal conductor for Vladimir Spivakov and the Monterey Symphony Orchestra.
Quartuccio is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he obtained a fellowship to study conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, director of orchestral studies at Curtis and the Julliard School, and was awarded a personal career grant from David Packard, benefactor of the Packard Foundation, for advanced conducting studies. While at Curtis, he served as an assistant to eminent conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and Cincinnati Symphony Max Rudolf and completed studies in conducting, piano and music theory. As a member of the Curtis conducting department, he actively participated in frequent master classes and seminars with some of the world’s leading conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Andre Previn, Kurt Masur and David Zinman. Gary Graffman, the Institute’s president, describes Quartuccio as “Gifted and serious with the highest standards of excellence, both musically and personally.” After receiving an invitation from Gunther Schuller to study at the 1987 Festival at Sandpoint, Mr. Quartuccio, the youngest member of the conducting class, made his professional conducting debut at age twenty-two leading the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in a highly praised performance of Copland’s El Salon Mexico. Soon after he was appointed as assistant conductor of the award winning San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, an apprentice position created for him, and later accompanied the orchestra on a highly praised tour of Asia in 1989. Subsequent training in conducting includes studies at the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, advanced classes with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and classes at the Tanglewood Music Center.
In 2006 Mr. Quartuccio received as a lifetime achievement award in the Arts from the Italian American Heritage Foundation in addition to an honorary doctorate degree on behalf the college Arts at Santa Clara University.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Quartuccio is the first and only conductor to received a Bachelor of Music Degree Cum Laude from Santa Clara University, and was awarded that university’s highest artistic honor, the Performer’s Certificate of Excellence in 1987. He also served as assistant conductor to the university’s symphony orchestra and has taught conducting and music theory as a member of Santa Clara University’s music faculty. Mr. Quartuccio has a strong commitment to the musical growth of the Bay Area, and conducts numerous local concerts and concerto competitions, some of which have been appeared on public television, for the California Professional Music Teachers’ Association.
As an instrumentalist, Mr. Quartuccio possesses a diverse background, including early studies in trumpet, piano, accordion and violin. He has made numerous appearances around the country, including some with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra, the Curtis Institute Symphony Orchestra, The Santa Cruz Symphony, The Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.