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Tony Baker


Born: 1939 Died: 1993


Born Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia 2-3-39. Educated at Monte Cecilia College, Auckland 1946-51 and Sacred Heart College, Auckland 1952-7. Studied clarinet and flute with James Fawcett and George Poore, and piano and theory with Ashley Lawrence and Errol White.
1961/2 studied and worked as a professional musician in and around California.
1962/3 studied in Boston with emphasis on arranging, classical and contemporary composition, film and television scoring, all with Herb Pomeroy, Jack Weaver and Jimmy Progriss.
Studied Schillinger system of composition (with William Maloof), followed by private study of jazz composing and scoring with Herb Pomeroy, television and film music with Robert Share and advanced saxophone studies with Joseph Viola.

On completing Dip Mus course at the Berklee College of Music in 1963 studied saxophone with Lee Konitz in New York. Returned to New Zealand in 1965.
Attended Auckland Teachers Training College (1966) gaining a teacher's certificate in 1967.
1968-9 school music specialist and tutor at numerous school and university orchestral courses.
1969 to date has worked as a full time professional musician, performing, composing and conducting for radio, television and film, based in Auckland. Musical Director, arranger and composer for over 50 television series or specials.

Adjudicator for various competitions and television talent quests including "Sing a New Song" 1974, "The Entertainers" 1976 and "Pacific Song Contest 1979/80".
Currently (since 1988) Head of Music for Television New Zealand Ltd. Music activities since 1982 have been concentrated in Europe with conducting engagements in Scandinavia and Germany. Executive member of the NZ Musicians Union (13 years 1966-8), Chairman of the Auckland Festival Society Music Committee 1973-5, and Executive Committee member of the Auckland Neophonic Society 1968-82.
1981 to date member of the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Composers Foundation. 1991- on Board of Directors for the New Zealand Music Centre.

Awards include: Hollywood Radio and Television Society - International Broadcasting Award Best Commercial 1975; Radio New Zealand Awards - Best NZ produced musical programme "Festive Fare" 1978; Mobil Radio Awards - Best Technical Production "Scandinavian Suite" 1986, "Baker on Broadway" 1987.

Composed (1)

Scandanavian Suite

for solo tenor sax and other instruments, 30m