Anthony Anurca, is a native of Jacksonville Beach, FL. Growing up on the First Coast, Mr. Anurca, was intrigued by music at an early age. He started to study the piano in elementary school and in middle school discovered the bassoon. Ever since playing in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, he knew he wanted to be an orchestral musician. He attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL graduating in 1999, top ten in his class. He received in 2003, his B.M from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduating cum laude and studied with William Winstead and Martin James. After school, Anthony went to the New World Symphony Orchestral Academy in Miami Beach, where he was on fellowship from 2004-2007, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. There he played with many world-class artists and received instruction and masterclasses from a myriad of prominent orchestral bassoonists. During that time, he also attended the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with Nancy Goeres, and the Spoleto Music Festival.
After NWS, Mr. Anurca, freelanced in the Southeast and played with many orchestras from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. In 2009, Mr. Anurca, won a one-year position playing associate principal and contrabassoon with the Kansas City Symphony. After that year, Anthony came back to Jacksonville to play second bassoon and contrabassoon on a one-year appointment and a year later won the audition for the chair. He is now a tenured member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. In the summers, Mr. Anurca, is on faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, where he is the contrabassoonist.
When Anthony is not playing orchestral music, he enjoys teaching, composing, cooking, movies, and working out. He records and plays bassoon and contrabassoon with his friends, artists: RickoLus and Radical Face, from Jacksonville Beach who are also musicians, but are singer-songwriters and guitarists. He believes the bassoon to be a very versatile instrument and that it can find itself at home in any musical setting. Playing in his hometown orchestra, Anthony is able to spend time with his family and give back to the community that nurtured him as a young musician. His favorite companion is his white cat, Crystal, whom has the most enchanting eyes: one blue and one green.