born on 27/11/1750 in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
died in 1809 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
Anton Thadäus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz (November 1750 – 1798–1809c. 1798–1809) was a German composer of partial Czech ancestry (his mother was German) and violinist.
Anton was born in Mannheim. He and his brother Carl received their first violin instruction from their father Johann. After their father's death in 1757 they were taken on as students by Christian Cannabich, who had been a student of their father's. Both were by this time already violinists in the famous Mannheimer Kapelle and participated in its development.
In 1770, with his brother Carl, he visited Paris and established himself there. Between 1782 and 1789 he played in the King's court orchestra in Versailles, and obtained the title ordinaire de la musique du roi. He was the violin teacher of Rodolphe Kreutzer.
Although his further history up to 1798 is not known, he probably died in Paris. He may have died as late as 1809.
Selected list of works
- At least four concertos, in B-flat, F (1779), G and D, for viola d'amore now also performed on the viola
- About twenty violin concertos
- Several flute concertos
- A concerto for two flutes in G
- Four concertos for two clarinets or clarinet and violin
- Several string quartets  and symphonies
- Caprices for solo flute
- Six duos for two flutes, published as his Opus 1
- A sinfonia concertante in D for two flutes and orchestra
- Silvela, Zdenko (2001). A new history of violin playing: the vibrato and Lambert Massart's revolutionary discovery, USA: Universal Publishers. URL accessed 23 December 2007.
- For example a set of (1778) Six quartets, Op. 30, for "due violini, alto e basso concertanti", M. de la Chevardiere. URL accessed 23 December 2007.
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- Synthonia page with summary worklist. Retrieved on 23 December 2007.
- Program notes to a performance of his third viola concerto
- Much fuller biography by Viola d'Amore Society of the Stamitz Family
- Free scores by Anton Stamitz in the International Music Score Library Project