Anthony Caulkins is a composer, guitarist, and music technologist based in Southern California. Through his compositions, Anthony explores questions relating to gesture, modularity, and metaphorical representation, in both acoustic and electronic sound worlds. Over his career as a composer, Anthony has developed a voice that focuses on both intricate systems and improvisatory practices. His pieces have been performed internationally, with premieres in the United States, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain. Anthony’s recent works include a feature-length film score for the documentary, Nine-Story Mountain.
As a teacher, Anthony’s primary goal is to foster creativity, confidence, and independence in his students. Through a focus on musicianship, music theory, and technique, Anthony tries to cultivate his students' abilities to learn and comprehend music quickly and efficiently. He does this through group playing, student composition/songwriting projects, and frequent improvisation in various styles.
Anthony completed his M.F.A. in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at the University of California – Irvine, where he studied with with Christopher Dobrian, Nicole Mitchell, Lukas Ligeti, Kojiro Umezaki, and Michael Dessen. Prior to his masters studies, Anthony received his Bachelor of Music in Composition at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he studied with Professors Stephen Dembski and Laura Schwendinger.