Kyle Anderson

Cello

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Alma Mater: Cleveland Institute of Music
Awards/Competitions: 1st Prize, 2012 Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra Young Artists’ Concerto Competition; Finalist, 2012 Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition
Appearances: Sewanee Summer Music Festival, 2010, 2011 & 2017; Philadelphia International Music Festival, 2012 & 2013; Meadowmount School of Music, 2014 & 2015; Kent Blossom Music Festival, 2016; Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, 2013–2017
Musical origins: I have a lot of family in music. My father is principal bass of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and my mother is a prominent harpist and pedagogue in that area. I’m proud that my grandfather, Edwin Anderson, played bass trombone in the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, Lorin Maazel, and Christoph von Dohnányi from 1966–88. I always love listening to the Szell recordings from those years! When I was 5 my mom took me to an orchestra concert and I immediately identified with the beauty and human-like register of the cello. I started lessons that year. 
Favorite piece to play: These days I’ve been enjoying and struggling with Bach’s 4th Cello Suite in E-flat major. I also particularly loved performing Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony recently.
Favorite obscure piece: Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Cello and Piano is really special to me, and underplayed, although I’m not sure if I’d really call it obscure. Perhaps a better example is Miklós Rózsa’s Toccata Cappricioso for solo cello.
Favorite composer fact: Beethoven liked Napoleon and then didn’t.
Favorite musical memory: I’ll never forget playing Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Kent Blossom Music Festival in 2016. Orchestra had never felt so drastically like chamber music until that.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: It’s just like all other music.
Favorite non-classical musician or band: Queens of the Stone Age has been my favorite band since high school and I’m afraid that hasn’t changed. Radiohead is a close second. I also really love James Blake’s music. He’s a really talented composer.
Musical guilty pleasure: Meshuggah, but I don’t really feel guilty. 
Best album to have on repeat: A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Leonard Bernstein in New York with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, or the Guarneri String Quartet’s Beethoven collection
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: I like playing soccer, but unfortunately I like music more. 
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Love it more than anything, but love yourself more.

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