David Anderson joined the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans as Principal Bassist in 1996. Prior to that he performed and recorded regularly with the Louisville Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Since 1994, he has served as Principal Bassist in the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon. He has performed extensively with many diverse ensembles including the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua (NY) Festival, Colorado Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, the LaSalle Quartet, and as a soloist with Richard Stoltzman, Gene Bertoncini, Nigel Kennedy, Bobby McFerrin and many others. He has served as Bass Instructor for the Music School at the University of Louisville and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) as bassist/composer. In the fall of 1997 he joined the faculty of the Louisiana State University School of Music as Professional Double Bassist in Residence. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music, and studied double bass with Frank Proto, Warren Benfield and Stuart Sankey.
David began his pursuits in composition in 1984, recognizing that the solo repertoire for his instrument was limited. Since then, his published work has expanded to other solo instruments, as well as for chamber orchestras and small ensembles. He has published bass duets and quartets, including a bass quartet that was performed to acclaim at the Chamber Music Festival at Indiana University in 1993. Anderson won first prize in the 1995 Allen Ostrander International Trombone Composition Competition, sponsored by Ithica College for his Elegy for Van, a work for solo bass trombone and brass choir, which he composed as a tribute to the late Lewis Van Haney, former trombonist with the New York Philharmonic. This pas year Anderson completed a Concerto for Bass Trombone and String Orchestra, commissioned by his father Edwin Anderson, former bass trombonist with the Cleveland Orchestra. His Concerto for Double Bass, Strings and Harp, commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal Bassist, Hal Robinson, was premiered at the ISB Convention in June of 1997 and performed on the 1997-98 subscription series of the Philadelphia Orchestra season, Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting. His current work includes a second symphony as well as several commissions.
In a recent review of Anderson's Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass Louisville Courier Journal music critic Andrew Adler wrote:
"...Anderson's new work is splendidly fresh and provocative, ingenious in how it distributes material. . . the jazz syncopations and ethnic flavorings reflect a diverse, expertly distilled inspiration. . . Thoroughly absorbed by yesterday's performance, the piece offered sustained pleasure."
Houston Chronicle music critic Charles Ward on Anderson's Concerto for Double Bass, Strings and Harp wrote:
"... thoroughly appealing... his rich scoring of the orchestra and expansive solo melodies came from a composer exuberantly in love with music."
Lesley Valdes of the Philadelphia Enquirer:
"...a melodious work, whose moods cohere... the thoughtful, the nostalgic, the provocative ideas are fertile and cohesive."
Thomas May of the Washington Post
"... Anderson shows a gift for fashioning readily accessible music from unusual combinations of timbres."To Family Album Catalog Information
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