Anthony J. Cirone

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Anthony J. Cirone


Anthony J. Cirone (b. 8 November 1941, Jersey City, N.J.) is an American percussionist, composer and educator.

Cirone received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with the famous, solo timpanist, Saul Goodman. After graduation, he served a 36-year tenure with the San Francisco Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Josef Krips.

He served as professor of music at San José State University and as a lecturer at Stanford University from 1983 to 1992. In 2001, Mr. Cirone became Professor of Music and Chair of the Jacobs School of Music Percussion Department at Indiana University, a post he held for six years until his retirement in 2007.

Mr. Cirone has over 120 published titles, including three symphonies for percussion, four sonatas, a string quartet, orchestral works and textbooks. His book Portraits in Rhythm for Snare Drum is used worldwide for training percussionists, and his publication The Great American Symphony Orchestra - A Behind-the-Scenes Look at its Artistry, Passion and Heartache has received high acclaim. Another of his books, The Evolving Legacy of Portraits in Rhythm, celebrates the original book's 50th anniversary.

In 1999, Mr. Cirone received a Special Distinction Award from ASCAP for his Pentadic Striations for Orchestra, and in 2011, he received a Paul Revere Award for Graphic Excellence in Book Design and Educational Folio. He is Executive Percussion Editor for Meredith Music Publications; a published author for Alfred Music; and a clinician for Zildjian, Yamaha Corporation of America and Remo Inc. Mr. Cirone is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.

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