Biography

Brooklyn, NY native Anthony Gatto has developed a diverse body of digital and acoustic music informed by literary and visual arts, often residing in the emotional and lyrical possibilities of storytelling. He studied music and improvisation privately with Ornette Coleman in the 1980s, and later completed a doctorate in composition at the Yale School of Music in 2001. His many cross-media collaborative works include the music and libretti for operas based on the novels Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor, and The Making of Americans, by Gertrude Stein, both commissioned by the Walker Art Center with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts. He has received fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Scholar Program (1994-95 residency in Berlin), New York Foundation for the Arts (2016), the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Inc, an ASCAP Grant to Young Composers, several residencies at Yaddo, and at The Millay Colony for the Arts, Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence program, and an Aaron Copland Residency Award. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at City University of New York.