Pianist and Pleasanton native Mark Anderson will perform on the Bankhead Theater’s new Steinway grand piano on Saturday, March 21.
As a youngster, Anderson twice won the Livermore-Amador Symphony Competition for Young Musicians, and performed in solo recitals, piano duos, and chamber ensembles throughout the Tri-Valley. Since then, he has won many top piano competitions and performed worldwide.
Anderson says his musical education began in Pleasanton and Livermore at age four with a recorder class taught by Renee Smith, followed by piano lessons with Eugene Masluk. However, he attributes his most formative training to Aiko Onishi during his undergraduate years at San Jose State University. His musical career began as a graduate student on a Fulbright scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music in the United Kingdom and while studying privately in London.
Currently, Anderson is assistant professor of piano and chamber music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is also the founder and summer instructor at New World Music Academy in Pleasanton.
At the Bankhead, Anderson will play sonatas by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms, as well as a previously unpublished sonata by the German-Dutch composer Julius Röntgen.
Anderson, who has released four CDs of Röntgen’s work, said he believes the composer has been unfairly neglected. He has researched Röntgen’s scores at the Nederlands Muziek Instituut in The Hague, the Netherlands, where he discovered the unpublished sonata that he will perform at the Bankhead. “It is exciting and gratifying to be a catalyst of unknown but quality music that has fallen into obscurity,” he said.
Regular ticket prices start at $32. Free youth tickets and reduced college rush tickets are also available. Tickets are available at livermorearts.org or the Bankhead box office, 2400 First St., Livermore, or by calling (925)373-6800.