Described as a "genuinely American composer" by Gramophone, Anthony Paul De Ritis is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Northeastern University in Boston and is jointly appointed in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group in Northeastern's D'Amore-McKim School of Business. 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" by 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 three of De Ritis’s symphonic works, Chords of Dust, Legerdemain, and the work for which the CD is titled, Devolution: a Concerto for DJ and Symphony Orchestra, featuring Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid as soloist. De Ritis also works frequently with Chinese traditional instruments, including works for pipa virtuosi Min Xiao-Fen and Wu Man. In Fall 2011 De Ritis 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 completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with Richard Felciano and Jorge Liderman, and served three years as a teaching assistant to David Wessel at Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) (1992-1997). He received his M.M. in Electronic Music Composition from Ohio University under Mark Phillips (1990-1992) and his B.A. in Music with a concentration in Business Administration from Bucknell University, studying composition under William Duckworth, Jackson Hill and Kyle Gann, and philosophy with Richard Fleming (1986-1990). De Ritis engaged in summer study at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France under Phillipe Manoury, Tristan Murail, and Gilbert Amy (1991, 1992), the University of Southern California (1990) and New York University (1989). De Ritis also holds a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in high-tech from Northeastern University (2002), and in 2006 was named the Alumnus of the Year for the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.