Robert Keir Anderson
Robert Keir Anderson (Lecturer) graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1971 with a B.M. in Performance, where he studied with Oscar Zimmerman. He attended the Chatauqua Summer Institute where he studied with Robert Leininger, and the Tanglewood Festival with Henry Portnoi.
Mr. Anderson has been a member of the North Carolina Symphony since 1971 and holds the position of Associate Principal Double-Bass. He also has served as Acting Principal. His performances in Memorial Hall at UNC began in 1972 with Dr. Benjamin Swalin conducting the NC Symphony. He was Assistant Principal Double-Bass at the Eastern Music Festival from 1972-1986. His professional performing experience started in high school with the Erie (PA) Philharmonic. He has also played with the Rochester Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony and the Chatauqua Institute Orchestra.
Chamber music performances include concerts at UNC, the Eastern Music Festival, the Skaneateles (NY) Chamber Music Festival, in Durham, Raleigh and elsewhere. A recent performance included the Rossini “Duetto” for ‘cello and double bass with Associate Principal Cellist Elizabeth Beilman. Mr. Anderson taught private lessons, chamber music and bass class at the Eastern Music Festival and at Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University. He has been a guest clinician at Wake Tech and has a busy private studio with students from middle school to adult.
He helped initiate and produce the NC Symphony “Summerfest” series. He also helped produced benefit concerts for AIDS, Nuclear Freeze, and 9/11 memorial performances. He serves on the governing board of Local 500, AF of M, and has been Orchestra Committee Chair for the NC Symphony
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