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James Anemone

Philadelphia-based pianist James Anemone is admired for his sensitive playing and thoughtful interpretations. He has given performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Academy of Music Ballroom in Philadelphia, Roussel Hall in New Orleans, LA, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Hall in New York, the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre in West Chester, PA, and Bloch Performing Hall in Morgantown, WV.


In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Anemone performed in Cohen Family Studio Theatre at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He won first prize at Crescendo International Music Competition, where he performed at Carnegie Hall, in New York. He created the Anemone Piano Studio Spring Festival, where his students will be performing at Jacobs Music in Masterclasses taught by Dr. Timothy Blair and Dr. Vincent Craig and a solo recital.


During the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Anemone was awarded The Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award, in recognition of Outstanding Pianistic Ability, Musicianship, and Artistic and Academic Scholarship at West Chester University School of Music. He won first prize at the Triumph Music Festival and first prize at the Pennsylvania MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was a finalist in the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and at Steinway Society of New Orleans, Hall Piano Company, and New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition. He performed at the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Collegiate Recital at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and collaborated with Henry Grabb, Karen Dannessa, Robert Skoniczin, Jonathan Ragonese, and Ovidiu Marinescu in the West Chester University High School Summer Music Institute.


In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Anemone placed second in the Pennsylvania MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, was a finalist in the 2016 West Chester University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and won a Silver Medal with Distinction in the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow International Piano Competition, presented by the Nelly Berman School Classical Music Institute. Mr. Anemone was a staff accompanist for the West Chester University High School Summer Music Institute, and collaborated with faculty members including Jonathan Fowler, Daniel Cherry, Stephanie Heavens and Rebecca Ansel. He performed in a recital tour, premiering Joseph Foster Harkins' Three Piano Sonatinas in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA. He was the first prize winner of the 2017 New Orleans Piano Institute Solo Competition and the Michael Morochko Piano Scholarship Competition.


Growing up on Long Island, New York, he attended the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights, New York and studied Piano and Chamber Music for six years, under the tutelage of Yelena Grinberg, Katya Stanislavskaya, and Francesca Smith. In three consecutive years, he was an All-State Piano Alternate in the New York State School Music Association Festival. Prior to beginning his studies at West Chester University, he studied with Ms. Candace Chien.   


He has performed in master classes taught by Alan Chow, Simone Dinnerstein, Ann Schein, Bob Durso, Sofya Gulyak, and Deborah Rambo Sinn, and Gregory Sioles. James participated in the Brandywine International Piano Institute, directed by Ms. Faina Lushtak for three years, and worked as a music intern at Point-Counterpoint, a chamber music summer camp, where he worked with many freelance musicians from the Greater Boston Area.


Mr. Anemone previously served as President of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapter at West Chester University, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, an American music honor society, where he was awarded the "Outstanding Junior Award" and "Outstanding Senior Award." He is currently a member of Mainline Music Teachers Association, and is working to build a collegiate chapter of Music Teachers National Association at Temple University.


He operates a piano studio based in Exton, PA. His students perform in recitals and masterclasses at Ware Recital Hall, Taylors Music, and Jacobs Music. Recently his students received "Superior" and "Excellent" grades at the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival and his students performed at a showcase recital in Rock Hall at Temple University.


James Anemone received his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Music History from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Piano Performance at Temple University. His primary teachers include Candace Chien, Igor Resnianski, and Ching-Yun Hu.

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