Tony Banks


Tony Banks

One of the founding members of prog-rock greats Genesis, Tony Banks has since gone on to become a fine composer of modern classical music.

  • Tony Banks formed Genesis with fellow Charterhouse pupils Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel and Anthony Phillips.
  • Genesis went on to become one of the major exponents of progressive rock music in the early seventies and throughout the eighties and nineties.
  • Banks has pioneered many unique keyboard and synthesiser sounds through his career.
  • Away from Genesis he has record 5 solo albums and also moved into soundtrack composition for various feature films.
  • Banks’ scores for films have included The Shout, Lorca and the Outlaws and Quicksilver.
  • He was given his first chance to work with an orchestra on film score The Wicked Lady directed by Michael Winner and he worked with Christopher Palmer to orchestrate his piano scored music.
  • Following this Banks was inspired to record and release his first orchestral album, Seven: A Suite for Orchestra, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim.
  • He has been inspired to follow this up with Six: Pieces for Orchestra.

Did you know?
Banks has used a cross-hand playing style in several songs to allow himself to play faster which he has used in his classical compositions.


Tony Banks The Classic FM Podcast - 23 March 2012

The Classic FM Podcast features the week’s top classical music stories and highlights of our interviews with classical stars. This week Anne-Marie hears from the biggest classical music stars in the world including Tony Banks.

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