"The Song in the Early Morning Run explores the magical combination of crystalline Adirondack early morning light and the busy workings of a long, perfect stretch of boulder-strewn water. . . nature-at-work and nature-in- repose, in perfect symmetry. The serenity is spell-binding, and the spell, once cast, never fades."----James M. Park, 2002
Born in 1942 in New York City, James Park received his B.A. and Ph.D from Yale University. He taught English and Music at Millbrook School from 1964-68, at which time he joined the faculty of Bennett College in Millbrook, NY. He became Dean and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Bennett College in 1973, and occupied that post until the College closed in 1977. At that point, he turned to composing full-time, after a period of study with the late Elie Siegmeister.
He has served on the Boards of the River Repertory Dance Company, the Dutchess County (NY) Arts Council, and the Bar Harbor Music Festival. His Canzone for String Quartet (1984) was selected via competition for performance at the Charles Ives Center for American Music in 1985; his Canzone #3, for String Quartet (1985) was a winner in the 1987 New Music for Young Ensembles Composition Competition; his Flint Hill Evensong: Duet for 'Cello & Guitar (1989) was awarded Honorable Mention and performance in the 1994 New Music Delaware Composition Competition; and his Meditation on a Squire's Songs: Guitar Solo (1991) won First Prize in the 1994 William Roberts Guitar Series Competition. His Brown Studies, No. 3 (for solo guitar) was featured in the Guitar Foundation of America's publication SOUNDBOARD (Vol. XXX, No. 2) in 2004.
He is affiliated with BMI. He lives with his wife in Amenia, New York.
Guitarist William Anderson has been on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show (discussing the Emerson bicentennial concert that Anderson produced in 2004) and on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing the off-Browadway musical, Sounding Beckett, which he produced with Director Joy Zinoman in September 2012.
"--the alert guitarist" The New York Times
"--The mirror-paneled recital room provided an apt visual metaphor for how such seemingly modest dimensions can trick the ear into an impression of vaster scale. Guitarist William Anderson brought both technical and expressive virtuosity to his accounts...a quasi-orchestral pallete of coloristic effects...deftly realized by Anderson as he shaped each entry with epigrammatic concentration." Thomas May, The Washington Post
"--Electrifying" New York Times
William Anderson began playing chamber music at the Tanglewood Festival at age 19. He now plays solo recitals at guitar festivals and new music festivals in the US and abroad. Anderson is dedicated to the work of living composers, and is working hard to shape the tone of 21st C. American music. He has performed with many of New York City's finest ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, Sequitur, the Group for Contemporary Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players.
Anderson founded the Cygnus Ensemble in 1985. Cygnus has built a substantial repertoire of chamber music with plucked strings.
--Anderson is now working on the first in-depth critical study of Western plucked string music, entitled Einegezupfteweltanschauung (A Plucked Worldview). Portions of this work evolve gradually in connection with specific performances.
At age 19 he began playing chamber music at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he performed from 1981 through 1988. In 1982 he began studying with America's premiere guitar pioneer David Starobin, who introduced him to the music community in New York City. His first solo recital was presented by the League of Composers/ISCM at Weill Hall, New York City (1990). He was also presented in recital by Music From Japan at the Asia Society (1993). He regularly appeared in Washinton D.C.with the Theater Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center, performing both solo guitar and chamber music repertoire. Mr. Anderson has been a soloist in festivals and ensembles such as the Bang on a Can Festival, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Modern Works! He has been heard on radio broadcasts on WNYC, WKCR, WGBH, and National Public Radio, Polish National Radio, Radio Bremen, and others.