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John Anderson has two Master’s performance diplomas from the Music Academy of Pescara, where he studied with Bruno Mezzena, a past pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Marguerite Long, and Tito Aprea. He began his musical education with Phyllis Olsen at the age of four in his hometown, Lawrence, Kansas, (USA), and continued to study privately with her until university. He graduated from Hertford College, Oxford, in 2004 with a First in music, and in 2005 served as artistic director to the first Oxford International Music Festival. He received his first performance diploma with perfect marks from the Academy of Pescara, and was awarded perfect marks, lauds, and “special mention” for his second diploma concentrating in 20th century piano repertoire in 2011. He was a regular participant of the Ticino Musica Festivals in Lugano/Ascona/Locarno Switzerland from 2001 until 2010.
He has performed in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, UK, and in Russia, and with various orchestras, including performances of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds (with the Pescara Academy Orchestra), Saint-Saens’ Rhapsodie d'Auvergne, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra and Juan Francisco LaManna conducting), and the Schumann Concerto in A minor (with Hertford College Orchestra, Oxford, and the Pescara Academy Orchestra). His interests also include composition and analysis, which he studied with his Oxford tutor, Hugh Collins Rice . He was a jury member of the 2009 international singing competition "Putevka k zvezdam" and of the 2012 piano and opera competition, “Mezhdunarodnyj Nesavisimyj Konkurs Pianistov i Vokalistov”, in Moscow.
He is president of the Italian music association, “Progetto Odradek”, and the founder of US record label, “Odradek Records”.