Anthony Pope is a dedicated advocate for all forms of live music, recognising it as an integral pillar of art and culture within Australia’s communities. A member of the Orchestra Victoria trumpet section for over three decades, Anthony was appointed Associate Principal in 1992, a position he held for over twenty-five years. His significant performance experience, and five years served as president of the Orchestra Victoria Musician’s Committee, have led to a deep knowledge of professional orchestral services throughout the world. In 2016, with the support of an Australian Ballet scholarship, he travelled to New York, London, Paris, Milan and Vienna, to further his research into orchestral musician/management relations, noise mitigation, and committee structures. Anthony features on numerous recordings of ballet, opera, and symphonic repertoire with Orchestra Victoria.
In addition to his orchestral experience, Anthony enjoys a busy schedule of chamber music performance. In collaboration with Dominic Perissinotto, Anthony has performed over 150 recitals in Australia and Europe, as well as recording three CDs for solo trumpet and pipe organ. Their 2007 release, Journey, champions Australian repertoire, including a number of new commissions. Anthony is an enthusiastic contributor to local community music; as president of Peninsula Chamber Musicians on the Mornington Peninsula, he has guided the ensemble to its position as one of Australia’s finest and most highly regarded community chamber orchestras. Anthony is also committed to music education and has been awarded grants and commendations for education-based projects. He currently teaches at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.