Recently listed by Limelight magazine as a Rising Star in Australia’s choral scene, Anthony Pasquill is a regular collaborator with leading choirs across a broad repertoire. Having recently served as the Associate Chorus Master with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, he is the Musical Director of Sydney based Chamber Choir Bel a cappella.
Anthony commenced his musical training as a chorister in the choir of Lichfield Cathedral before reading music at Leeds University. He also holds a Master of Music in conducting from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Anthony is a graduate of the Symphony Services International Core Conductors Program where he has worked with orchestras in Melbourne, Hobart and Auckland under the tutelage of conductors such as Eckehard Stier, Sebastian Lang- Lessing and Christopher Seaman.
Between 2012 and 2014 Anthony was Assistant Chorus Master of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, with whom he made his choral and orchestral conducting debuts at the Sydney Opera House and has prepared choruses for notes international conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Robertson, David Zinman, Eric Whitacre and Paul McCreesh. He has also worked alongside many Sydney-based ensembles including the Willoughby Symphony Choir, Macquarie University Singers, Lurline Chamber Orchestra, Acacia Quartet, the choirs of Sydney Philharmonia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for their schools concerts, Playerlink in Wagga Wagga and regional tour to Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo.
Recent engagements include preparing Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s War Requiem, Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Rautavaara’s Missa, Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Britten’s St Nicolas, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and both Handel’s Semele and works by Ligeti as part of the 2013 Sydney Festival, both to critical acclaim with the Sydney Philharmonia. With Bel a cappella he has conducted Howells’ Requiem, Britten’s A Boy Was Born, Frank Martin’s Mass and Australian premieres of Dyson’s Hierusalem, Vasks’ Missa, Gabriel Jackson’s Edinburgh Mass and In the Beginning, David Briggs' Messe pour Notre-Dame, Bernat Vivancos' Messe aux sons des cloches, Thomas Jennefelt's Dixit Dominus and Sir John Tavener's Unto the End of the World.
He has recently led Bel a cappella on their first international tour to Europe, having conducted in venues such as St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome), St Mark’s Basilica (Venice), Melk Abbey (Vienna) and the Schönbrunn Palace (Vienna). In 2018 he will be taking the choir back on tour to Europe, performing in Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, Dresden, Hodonin, Budapest and Krakow.
In 2016 Anthony served as Associate Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has prepared the Chorus for Sir Andrew Davis in performances of Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Fauré's Requiem, the debut season of the Australia BBC Proms and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. He also served as Chorus Master and second conductor for the first Australian performance of Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4 in Hamer Hall which has just been released on Chandos Records to critical acclaim.