Biography - Richard Anderson, Conductor

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Richard Anderson received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, USA in 1975, after which he was Assistant Professor of Music at Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA for five years.  During this time two of his organ students won first prizes at international organ playing competitions.  Dr Anderson has also been organist/choirmaster at various churches in the USA and England, as well as performed regularly as concert organist in both countries.  For the Petworth Festival (1982) he performed a Händel organ concerto with the Monteverdi Orchester under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner.

Additionally, he conducted an Opera 70 production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro as part of the Chichester Festival (1987), Lehár's The Merry Widow with the Petworth Singers (1988) and for The Mayer-Lissman Opera Centre, London both Gounod's Faust (1996/7) and Massenet's Thaïs (1997) in London and surrounding areas.  He also gave numerous piano and organ concerts as soloist and accompanist.  In 1995 he conducted a series of concerts with the Prima Chamber Orchester at London's famous St James's Church, Piccadilly.

In 2000 Dr Anderson conducted performances of Gay's The Beggars Opera in Berlin as well as the first Berlin performance of Erwin und Elmire by Anna Amalia, Duchess of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach.  Additionally, he accompanied Yuhei Sato on a concert tour in Japan (including in Tokyo) after which they made a recording of Japanese songs.  Dr Anderson has also conducted the German-Japanese Chorus, Berlin.

In 2001 and 2002 he conducted the Debreziner Philharmoniker in performances of The Beauty and the Beast (music by Schambach) on tour in Germany and Austria.

Dr Anderson was Kapellmeister and Korrepetitor at Theater Görlitz, where his extensive experience as conductor, chorus director and repetiteur made a significant contribution to all aspects of the theater's 2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons.  Moreover, he conducted the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie in performances of Telemann's Pimpinone.  He was also Musical Director for a production of Schmann's Frauenliebe und Leben and Poulenc's La voix humaine.  Jens Daniel Schubert wrote in the Sächsische Zeitung on 22nd April, 2003:  "The program's massive musical arch, from sensitive Lied to expressive power, was superbly handled by Richard Anderson and the soprano.  Sustained applause for all performers."

In 2004 he directed a Wagner concert in Berlin including excerpts from Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung and Tristan und Isolde.

Richard Anderson, accompanied by singers from Berlin, directed performances of Viennese operetta "hits" for enthusiastic audiences in Mexico (2006) and under the stars at Caunes-Minervois, France (2007), where he also acted as stage director.

Dr Anderson lives in Berlin.


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