Anthony Aibel is an actor and musical director who is acting in a number of new projects in 2021. In 2020, he wrote, produced and acted in a new film, plus starred in a TV pilot alongside Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning actor Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Goldbergs). Aibel has been invited to give master classes to professional actors since 2016 and they are now popular online, worldwide.*
Aibel landed his first lead acting role at age six, as a student at the Riverdale Country School, and he got the lead almost every year afterwards--several directed by Emmy-winner Ian James. Aibel began singing professionally at age eight in the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, and at 11, he was a vocal soloist at Lincoln Center.
He got into Juilliard at age 16--one of the youngest college students ever accepted--and studied musical directing, acting, voice and violin/viola--among other things--earning the nickname 'Master of Some' before receiving his Masters Degree there. He later studied acting for several years with director/acting teacher Terry Schreiber, who taught Edward Norton, Maria Bello and Peter Sarsgaard, among others. He also studied Philosophy and Literature at Columbia, and at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and John Williams.
At 23, Aibel became one of the youngest professional music directors in the United States, and the New York Times/Washington Post wrote several pieces about him. He became recognized for acting, narrating and doing voice-overs while leading from the podium--twice portraying Darth Vader. He soon was an invited guest on NBC's Live at Five, and did several promo commercials with CBS's Mary Calvi for the News 12 Networks. He has also done print ads in People and Time magazines.
He was a music director for shows at the Kennedy Center which featured EGOT-winner Rita Moreno, Rosemary Clooney, The Tonight show's Doc Severinson and Al Jarreau. He was also a speaker and leader for seven events at Carnegie Hall and SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center.
Aibel began freelancing with the talent agency ICM Artists (now ICM Partners), and was hired for acting cameos in productions directed by Oscar-winners Martin Scorsese (in the show Boardwalk Empire) and Costa-Gavras (the film Mad City with Dustin Hoffman). He was musical director for Area 31, which received a Grammy Award Nomination, and in 2014-15, he filled in as a musician on Broadway, performing Bernstein's On the Town at the Lyric Theatre.
A younger Anthony Aibel with Oscar-winning film composer John Williams
In earlier days with West Side Story Composer Leonard Bernstein
After a Kennedy Center performance with EGOT-winning actress Rita Moreno