Obituary: Dallas Symphony Principal Trumpet Ryan Anthony, 51

Posted on: June 26, 2020

“Ryan Anthony, a nationally acclaimed trumpeter who became principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, died Tuesday after an eight-year battle with multiple myeloma,” writes Scott Cantrell in Wednesday’s (6/24) Dallas Morning News. “He was 51. A child prodigy, Anthony came to national attention as a 16-year-old winner of the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors Concerto Competition. The competition’s previous winner was violinist Joshua Bell. After earning two degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, he became a trumpet professor at the Oberlin Conservatory. For three years, Anthony was a member of the Canadian Brass…. He went on to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and the brass sections of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic. Anthony joined the DSO in 2004 as guest principal trumpet, became interim in 2006 and assumed the full title in 2008…. Anthony later joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts as artist-in-residence, ultimately serving as chair of brass, winds and percussion…. The Ryan Anthony Foundation was established in 2014 to raise funds for cancer research. The following year, the DSO hosted the first in a series of fundraising concerts called ‘Cancer Blows,’ featuring famous trumpeters including Doc Severinsen and Arturo Sandoval.” Survivors include his wife, Niki, a brother, two children, and his parents.