351 Ryder Hall

Anthony Paul De Ritis, MM, MBA, PhD

Professor, Department of Music; Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, DMSB, jointly appointed

Described as a “genuinely American composer” by Gramophone, Anthony Paul De Ritis is a Professor of the Music Department and jointly appointed in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group within the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston. His music has been called “groundbreaking”, “ultra-exotic,” and “really cool,” and has received performances nationally and internationally, including at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, Yale’s Woolsey Hall, Taipei’s Zhong Shan Hall, Beijing’s Yugong Yishan, Seoul’s KT Art Hall, and UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

De Ritis’s CD, Devolution, described as a “tour de force” (Gramophone) was released in June 2012 by the 5-time Grammy nominated Boston Modern Orchestra Project under the baton of Gil Rose, and was the WQXR Q2 “Album of the Week” for June 11, 2012. Devolution features De Ritis’s Concerto for DJ and Symphony Orchestra, with DJ Spooky as soloist. He also works frequently with Chinese traditional instruments, in particular, the Chinese pipa, with performances by pipa virtuosi Min Xiao-Fen and Wu Man. In Fall 2011 he was as Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and was invited to be a Master of Beijing’s DeTao Masters Academy in the fields of music and the creative industries.

De Ritis was the founder and lead developer of the BSO Online Conservatory from 2002-2011, which was described by Forrester Research as a best practice in web-based or “left-brain” integrated marketing. He teaches two courses to students in the MBA program at Northeastern, “Design Thinking for Market-Driven Innovation” and “Arts-Based Learning for Managers”.

De Ritis completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of California, Berkeley, his M.M. in Electronic Music Composition from Ohio University and his B.A. in Music with a concentration in Business Administration from Bucknell University. He studied for two summers at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France; earned screen credits while studying composition at the University of Southern California; and completed courses in film music, recording technology and the music business at New York University. De Ritis also holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in High-Tech from Northeastern University. In 2006 he was named the Alumnus of the Year for the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.


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