NICHOLAS ANDERSON
CELLIST

 

Known internationally for his unique and inspired performances, cellist Nicholas Anderson has become one of today's distinguished interpreters of the solo concert repertoire. His critically acclaimed debut recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. was followed hy a highly successful concert tour of Moscow, Kiev and St. Petersburg. He has been a featured concert artist in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Japan, and his numerous solo performances have included the 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Mannes College of Music, American University, Palm Springs Desert Museum, and the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica. Critics have hailed Anderson as "a cello master to be reckoned with," and praised his "dazzling virtuosity, enormous range of expression, polished, confident technique, and moments of delicate tenderness to immense passion."

Mr. Anderson came from a musical family; his father, a Yale professor, was also an accomplished pianist. He began playing the cello at the age of 8 and made his first solo appearance on television the following year. He spent his high school years at the North Carolina School of the Arts, as a resident student of Irving Klein, cellist of the internationally renowned Claremont Quartet. He also worked with Claus Adam and Leslie Parnas, and performed in the master classes of Janos Starker. At the age of 19, Mr. Anderson was invited to study at the Juilliard School, but turned it down in favor of the opportunity to study with the late master teacher Margaret Rowell in California, originator of unique insights into artistic cello playing. Mr. Anderson now gives special cello seminars to present the transformative applications of Rowell's ground-breaking discoveries. He is Professor of Cello at Queens College and at the North Shore Performing Arts Academy in Manhasset. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Violoncello Society, Inc. of New York.

As a soloist with orchestras, his performances have included the concerts of Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn and many more. He has made a specialty of performing the cycle of Beethoven Cello Sonatas, as well as the complete Bach Solo Cello Suites. On CD he has recorded cello and piano works of Beethoven, Schumann and others. Mr. Anderson's cello is a magnificent instrument built by the great Italian master Matteo Gofriller in Venice in 1697.

Quotes
"A mellow tone from Anderson generated a pleasant evening of music making." - Washington Post

"Anderson's playing is delightful; stylish, robust and tender, in the ways I think Brahms should sound. Through my forty-five years of reviewing concerts...few have pleased me more than his performance." - Hilmar Grondahl, Music Critic, The Oregonian

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