Having begun piano studies at the age of 5, Mark Anderson – pianist and former executive director of New World Music Academy – is widely recognized as one of the world’s outstanding classical pianists. In the United States, his formative teachers were Trula Whelan and Aiko Onishi while in the UK they were Ryszard Bakst and Benjamin Kaplan. He has performed in Japan, throughout Europe and the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and the United States.
Mr. Anderson’s recordings on Nimbus Records have received numerous awards and distinctions worldwide from Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, among others. He has recorded over a dozen CDs of piano music and 2-piano music by composers such as Brahms, Liszt, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Dohnanyi, Stravinsky, Gershwin, Copland, Hans von Bülow and most recently, Carl Reinecke and Julius Röntgen. All of his recordings have met with considerable critical acclaim.
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 Hayward.
Mark Anderson is regularly invited to judge local, regional, state-wide, national and international piano competitions.
In July 2012, Mark Anderson joined the faculty at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC Canada. He is an Associate Professor of Piano as well as Chair of the Piano Department and teaches private studio lessons, Piano Pedagogy and Chamber Music.
Professor Anderson often returns to NWMA to coach NWMA chamber groups and hold masterclasses for academy students.
Mark Anderson is a Steinway Artist.