Professor Mark Anderson
Associate 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
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, pianist Mark Anderson’s recordings and performances have met with widespread critical acclaim. Since his successes at the 1993 Leeds (U.K.) and 1994 William Kapell (U.S.) International Piano Competitions, Mark Anderson has appeared as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in Japan, throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Great Britain, Ireland and North America.
Mark Anderson has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Nicholas McCegan, William Boughton, George Cleve, and Adam Fischer. In recital, Mark has appeared at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., London's Wigmore Hall and Zurich's Tonhalle and elsewhere throughout Europe and North America. His solo and concerto performances are complimented by chamber music work, most recently with the newly formed Röntgen Piano Trio. The trio has an international performing schedule for 2017-18. Mark particularly enjoys performing 2-piano repertoire with wife, Michelle Mares.
WATCH: Prof. Anderson records Julius Röntgen's Phantasiestücken, Op. 5
Mr. Anderson records exclusively with Nimbus Records and has released recordings of works by Liszt, Schumann, Brahms and Dohnanyi, Copland and Gershwin, Mussorgsky and Stravinsky. He has recorded the complete solo piano works of Hans von Bülow and, since 2014, has released three CDs of solo piano music of the German/Dutch composer Julius Röntgen. The third of these was released in August 2017.
Mark received his early formative training in California with Trula Whelan and later with Aiko Onishi. In 1988, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England under Ryszard Bakst. Subsequently, he concluded his formal education privately with Benjamin Kaplan in London.
Mark Anderson is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Music and is owner and Executive Director of New World Music Academy in Pleasanton, California. Mr. Anderson is 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