Mark Anderson Biography

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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

Having begun piano studies at the age of 5, pianist Mark Anderson, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, has become one of the world’s outstanding pianists.

After winning major prizes at the  1992 IMCJ (Japan), the 1992 Busoni Competition (Italy), the 1993 Leeds (U.K.) and 1994 William Kapell (U.S.) International Piano Competitions, Mark Anderson toured much of the world as recitalist and soloist. He has performed in Japan, throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Great Britain, Ireland and North America. He is invited regularly to perform as soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad. Closer to home, Mr. Anderson performs with a variety of Bay Area ensembles such as San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and The San Jose Chamber Players. As a duo partner, he has performed with flutist Robert Stallman, the Vertavo Quartet of Norway and the Ives Quartet in residence at Stanford University. Most recently, he has formed the Röntgen Piano Trio with violinist Antoine van Dongen and cellist Eric Gaenslen.

Mark began his studies with Eugene Masluk in Livermore, California and received his formative training with Trula Whelan and later Aiko Onishi. Having been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1987, Mark finished his formal training at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England under Ryszard Bakst and concluded his formal studies with Benjamin Kaplan in London. Mark records exclusively with Nimbus Records and has released 10 commercial CDs to date, all of which have met with considerable critical acclaim. His most recent recording project includes 3 finished discs of solo piano music of Julius Röntgen.  These CDs include works never before recorded or, in some cases published. The most recent was released in August 2017. These discs are available on iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify and other online music retailers.

Mr. Anderson holds a bachelor degree in piano performance from San Jose State University as well as postgraduate degrees from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In June 2001, he was awarded the Master of Arts in Multimedia from California State University EastBay. Mr. Anderson has been visiting guest artist at the Royal Northern College of Music, San Jose State University,  and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Anderson was appointed Assistant Professor in Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Chamber Music at University of British Columbia, Vancouver in September 2012. Meanwhile, he continues to be Executive Director of New World Music Academy in Pleasanton, California.