ANTON PETER KOCH

BIOGRAPHY



Anton Koch (composer, arranger and orchestrator) has extensive experience in live events, theatrical and concert performances, and film, television and recording projects, both within Australia and internationally.

Anton graduated in music (Trumpet and Composition) from the University of Queensland and performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (1990-1998) while establishing his career as a composer.

In 2003, Anton won the inaugural Brian May Scholarship, enabling him to study scoring for film and television at the University of Southern California. Since then, he has earned credits on a plethora of projects including orchestrating the music of Hollywood composer Christopher Young, for the feature film "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" (2005), and additional orchestrations and arrangements of the music of Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, for the ABC TV opera "The Divorce" (Opera Australia, 2015).

Anton has worked on major events such as Vivid Sydney (2015), the annual "Helpmann Awards (2007-2014), "Carols in the Domain" (2007-2014), "The Best of Broadway" (Sydney Symphony, 2010), the 15th Asian Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Doha, 2006), "Australia Plays Broadway" (Lincoln Centre, 2008; Carnegie Hall, 2009), and the musicals "My Fair Lady" (2016), "Strictly Ballroom" (2013), "King Kong" (2012), "Hairspray" (2010) and "Eureka" (2004).

In 2013, Anton won critical acclaim for his composition "Theatre of the Horse", highlighting the opening of the outdoor amphitheatre at Royal Randwick Racecourse, and conducted the orchestra for Tony Hadley’s (Spandau Ballet) Australian tour.

Anton’s recording credits include arrangements for Marina Prior and Mark Vincent, the Australian Girls Choir, David Hobson, Judy Connelli and Suzanne Johnston. Anton’s composition "Reverie", performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, is featured on "Soliloquy" and "Classical Chill" (ABC Classics).