Anthony Ritchie studied composition at The University of Canterbury, and the Liszt Academy in Hungary, and completed a PhD on the music of Bartok. He was Composer-in-Schools in Christchurch 1987, Mozart Fellow at Otago University in 1988-9, and Composer-in-Residence with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra 1993-4.
His many commissioned works include concertos for violin, viola, flute, guitar and euphonium, four symphonies, chamber music, and six operas. His work has been performed by renowned ensembles such as The Ulster Orchestra and The Takacs Quartet, and soloists such as Bella Hristhova and Alexa Still. Since 2005 eleven albums of his music have been released. His Symphony No.4Stationswas selected as one of the recordings of the year by MusicWeb International, 2015. In 2016 he was joint winner of The Classical Album of the Year with Ross Harris forFjarran: In the Distance,works for clarinet quintet recorded by The Dalecarlia Quintet. Most recently, his oratorioGallipoli to the Sommewas performed in London and Oxford, 2018, and his fifth symphony was completed the same year. Anthony has also written journal articles and book chapters focusing on New Zealand music. He is currently Professor of Music at Otago University.