Professor Mark Anderson
Assistant Professor, Piano, Piano Pedagogy
BMus (San Jose), MMus (RNCM Manchester), Diploma (RNCM Manchester), LRAM (London), MA Multimedia Performance (Cal. State)
Music Building 311
"In a world where transient glitter is often mistaken for pianistic excellence, Anderson offered that rare commodity: an ability to speak through music without hint of artifice."
– The Washington Post
Pianist Mark Anderson, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, has established himself as a world-class soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has performed in Japan, throughout Europe and Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. In spite of a busy teaching schedule, he is invited to perform as recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Mark has appeared at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall, the Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and Zurich’s Tonhalle and elsewhere throughout Europe and the United States to great critical acclaim. In addition, his performances are often featured on the BBC, the CBC in Canada, and on radio and television in Spain, Italy, Ireland, Japan and the United States. Closer to home, he appears as solo recitalist, as soloist with orchestras, with duo partners such as flutist Robert Stallman, and with San Francisco Bay Area music groups such as San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and The San Jose Chamber Players.
Competition successes include First Prizes at the 1994 William Kapell/University of Maryland International Piano Competition and the 1993 Washington International Piano Competition. Also in 1993, he was awarded Third Prize and the BBC Audience Award at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. He has also received top prizes at the Busoni in Italy, the Tokyo and the Dublin competitions.
WATCH: Prof. Anderson discusses composer Julius Röntgen
Mark began piano studies at the age of 5 and later had his formative training with Aiko Onishi. After completing his Bachelor of Music degree at San Jose State University, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue graduate studies in England. While abroad, he completed degrees at both the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has also studied privately with Trula Whelan in California, Ryszard Bakst in Manchester, and, most importantly, Benjamin Kaplan in London.
Mark is often invited to adjudicate local and international competitions and teaches privately at his studio in Pleasanton, California. Mr. Anderson records exclusively with Nimbus Records and has released recordings of works by Liszt, Schumann, Brahms and Dohnanyi, Copland and Gershwin that have all have met with significant critical acclaim. His latest recording featuring the solo piano works of Hans von Bülow was released in November 2011 on the Nimbus label. He will record another CD of that composer’s works in the fall.
Mark Anderson opened the New World Music Academy in Pleasanton, California in 2005. The academy continues to teach and inspire students of all ages and is a leader in innovative teaching techniques in the San Francisco East Bay area. For more information on the academy, visit New World Music Academy.
Mark Anderson is a Steinway Artist.
“Here is a supreme musical talent with clear ideas on interpretation…. A splendid disc.”
– BBC Music Magazine
“Anderson has a wonderful gift for achieving great warmth in the whole piano-sound whilst keeping every strand clear and luminous. He boasts not only the full-scale grasp of the music, but the immaculate pedal technique needed to realize it. He is a musician eminently worth hearing.”
– Financial Times, London