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DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2010 Adjudicator

Classical music (piano)
James Anagnoson

James Anagnoson, one of Canada's best-known pianists and pedagogues, was appointed Dean of the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School in August 2007. He has been a Professor of Piano at The GGS since its formation in 1987, and as well has taught at University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, and Wilfred Laurier University.

In 1976, James Anagnoson began performing with Canadian pianist Leslie Kinton, and since that time the duo Anagnoson & Kinton have gone on to give "outstanding concerts...with formidable precision and panache" - to quote the New York Times - across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, receiving unanimous acclaim from both audiences and critics.

Anagnoson & Kinton's nine recordings are heard regularly on America's National Public Radio and various European Radio networks, and have been a mainstay of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's arts programming. Reviews of their recordings include “…this is a singular performance of great lucidity and power, flawlessly integrated” from Fanfare Magazine and “…performances by both soloists and orchestra are virtuoso and exciting…” from the American Record Review.

In addition to their more than 1000 concert appearances around the world, which have included concerto appearances with Canada's leading orchestras, the duo has performed for the BBC, Czech National Radio, Hilversum Radio in Holland, and Radio Suisse Romande. Recent concert highlights included a collaboration with Mario Bernardi in the Mozart Two Piano Concerto, a recital at the Shanghai International Festival as part of a two week concert tour of China, a performance in Prague at Martinu Hall as part of a festival celebrating the music of Martinu, and two performances in Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg Russia.

Mr. Anagnoson has been a juror for the Canadian Chopin Competition, the International Hong Kong Piano Competition, the Prix d'Europe, and the Toronto Symphony Competition. He has adjudicated across Canada at local, provincial, and national levels, and has frequently served as advisor and juror for the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

In addition to performing and teaching, James Anagnoson has been heard on CBC radio as a guest host on The Arts Tonight, and as a piano specialist commentator for both the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the CBC Young Performer's Competition.

James Anagnoson received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School, and his Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, which he attended on scholarship. His teachers included Eugene List, Samuel Lipman, and Jeaneane Dowis, and he went on to coach with Claude Frank and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.

Mr. Anagnoson and his wife Julia Young have a 12-year-old son, Alexander.

 

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