Kyle Anderson


Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Alma maters: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2010–12; Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M., 2013–17

Photos by Matt Dine


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, 2010–11, 2017; Philadelphia International Music Festival, 2012–13; Meadowmount School of Music, 2014–15; Kent Blossom Music Festival, 2016; Encore Chamber Music Festival (String Quartet Intensive), 2018

What is your earliest memory of classical music? 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 1964–85. I always love listening to the Szell recordings from those years!

When I was five 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.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? 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 simply like chamber music until that.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Queens of the Stone Age has been my favorite band since high school. Radiohead is another favorite. I also love James Blake’s music.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I studied jazz guitar pretty seriously for a number of years and I still play.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Play for everyone, listen to everyone, and love it more than anything else.