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Faculty Biography
Anthony Di Sanza
Photo by Katrin Talbot, courtesy of the Madison Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Di Sanza
Professor of Percussion, Percussion Area Chair
Phone: (608) 263-1886

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Anthony Di Sanza, a recognized international performer and educator, has performed, presented master classes, and held residencies in North America, Europe and Asia. He has appeared as a visiting artist at over 35 colleges, universities and conservatories, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician in some of the world's most important concert halls. Active in a wide variety of Western and non-Western percussive areas, he can be heard on numerous CD recordings with various artists and ensembles, including; Sole Nero-Piano and Percussion Duo, Linda Maxey and the Galaxy Percussion Group, The Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Keiko Abe and the Michigan Chamber Players, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Reptile Palace Orchestra. Anthony will soon release his first solo CD, which features works for multiple percussion, marimba and darabukka, on the Equilibrium label.

Anthony has performed with numerous orchestras as timpanist or percussionist and currently serves as principal percussionist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) on five separate occasions and regularly studies and performs music from Brazil, Cuba and the Middle East. Anthony is regularly involved in the premiering of new works from a wide variety of composers, including; Akira Nishimura, Maki Ishii, Kaoru Wada, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Keiko Abe, Michael Udow, Dave Hollinden, Laura Elise Schwendinger, Les Thimmig, Joseph Koykkar, Jonas Tamulionis and Dennis Wilson. Also a composer, Anthony has works published with Alfred and HoneyRock.

Anthony earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Youngstown State University, and holds the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in percussion performance from the University of Michigan. His principle teachers include Michael Udow, Salvatore Rabbio, Julie Spencer, Joseph Parlink, Boca Rum, Michael Spiro and Abdulhamid Alwan. Currently Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is an endorser of Sabian Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion, Remo Drumheads and Encore Mallets, as well as an educational endorser of Pro-Mark Drumsticks.