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.
His biography beyond 1798 is not known, but he probably died in Paris. He may have died as late as 1809.
Selected list of works
Both pieces are from Eight Caprices by A. Stamitz featuring Kristina Martincová on flute
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- 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. p. 107. ISBN 1-58112-667-0. Retrieved 23 December 2007.
- For example a set of Six quartets, Op. 30, for "due violini, alto e basso concertanti". M. de la Chevardiere. 1778. OCLC 66551007.
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- "Synthonia page with summary worklist". Retrieved 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 at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
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