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Violinist Anthony Fusco was born in Miami, Florida, where he began his musical studies at the age of nine under the tutelage of some of the finest professional virtuosi in south Florida. Anthony made remarkable progress, and by the time he was in high school he had become concertmaster of the All Miami Youth Symphony, performing such works as the Saint SaŽns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, for television audiences.

After successfully auditioning for the Manhattan School of Music, he decided to pursue further training in Germany with the internationally renowned soloist Tibor Varga at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold. While in Europe, Anthony also benefitted from studies with violin virtuoso Lukas David. Anthony was a member of the Kammerorchester Tibor Varga, internationally acclaimed for its excellent recordings, and performed at the Festival Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland.

Upon returning to the United States, he became a regular player with the Miami Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of such esteemed conductors as Sixten Ehrling, Alain Lombard, Brian Priestman, and Stanislaw Skrowachewski. A founding member of the Miami Chamber Symphony, he played frequently with other professional ensembles. In addition to his primary work as a classical musician, he has performed, toured, or recorded with some of the most widely recognized names in popular music, among them, the Bee Gees, Seals and Croft, and Whitney Houston. Anthony's last post before his recent retirement was as first violinist with the Florida Orchestra, in which capacity he served for twenty-three years under the batons of such distinguished conductors as Jahja Ling and Stefan Sanderling.

He now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he teaches the violin.

About the future of tonal music, he writes:

As a professional violinist who has performed both tonal and non-tonal solo, chamber, and symphonic repertoire, I always have found that audiences respond best to tonal music. I believe new music written in clearly identifiable keys and modes facilitates communication between composers and listeners, and that as long as there is 'classical' music, there will be tonal composers.

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