Growing up in a family of brass musicians, Anthony Pope showed early aptitude on the trumpet, winning numerous trumpet and cornet championships. As a student he held positions as principal trumpet in Geminiani Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. During this time he also performed numerous trumpet concertos with various orchestras. He graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in 1990.
Anthony was appointed to Orchestra Victoria in 1991 as second trumpet, and rose swiftly to associate principal trumpet in 1992. He combines this full-time orchestral position with extensive travel throughout Australia and Europe. He is director and founding member of the Frontier Brass Ensemble, and has appeared as soloist with Orchestra Victoria and The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anthony has featured on numerous recordings of ballet, opera and symphonic repertoire with Orchestra Victoria. Also, having performed over 150 recitals with Dominic Perissinotto (pipe organ) in Australia and Europe, he has recorded three CDs for solo trumpet and pipe organ, the last of which features all-Australian content.
An enthusiastic teacher of trumpet, Anthony has been awarded numerous grants for education-based projects. He currently teaches at the Australian Defence Force School of Music, Monash University and the University of Melbourne.