Mr. James Anemone is a pedagogue and classical pianist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He operates Anemone Piano Studio, an award winning, respected private studio, teaching students of all ages. His students have performed in recitals and masterclasses at Carnegie Hall, The Academy of Music, Baruch Performing Arts Center, West Chester University, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Seton Hill University, Immaculata University, and Neumann University. Students have won prizes at Elite Music Competition, Little Mozarts Competition, Crescendo International Music Competition,Triumph Music Festival, Golden Key Music Festival, Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival, NBS Celebration of the Arts Competition and Constance Murray Piano Festival.
He created the Anemone Piano Studio Spring Festival in 2019, where his students performed at Jacobs Music in Masterclasses taught by Dr. Timothy Blair and Dr. Vincent Craig and a solo recital. Additionally, James appeared on WRTI 90.1 FM Classical Weekdays, and performed works by MacDowell, Brahms, and Earl Wild. Since then, his students have also performed in masterclasses with Brian Ganz, Jennifer Hayghe, Igor Resnianski, and Candace Chien.
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 in 2017. That year, he also won first prize first prize at the Pennsylvania MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was the first prize winner of the 2017 New Orleans Piano Institute Solo Competition and the Michael Morochko Piano Scholarship Competition. He has also appeared as a guest artist at Triumph Music Festival in Philadelphia, PA.
A member of Music Teachers National Association, Mr. Anemone serves as the local chair for Main Line Music Teachers Association’s Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival at West Chester University. He has served as an adjudicator for Triumph Music Festival and Celebration of the Arts Music Competition, and the Music Technique Skills-Building Program at the Nelly Berman School of Music. In addition, Mr. Anemone served as a faculty member at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA. As of Fall 2021, Mr. Anemone serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Vocal and Keyboard department at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
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. In 2020, Mr. Anemone received a graduate degree in Piano Performance at Temple University, where he also served as a teaching assistant under Dr. Joann Kirchner. His primary teachers include Dr. Igor Resnianski and Ching-Yun Hu. Other teachers and inspirational figures of Mr. Anemone’s include Candace Chien, Faina Lushtak, Timothy Blair, and Jeffrey Biegel.
Rachel Lee Anemone
Rachel Lee is a prize winning classical pianist based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Academy of Music, Roussel Hall, and Madeline Wing Adler Theatre. She has also performed on a live broadcast on WRTI 90.1 FM, performing works by J.S. Bach, Shchedrin-Pletnev, and Scriabin. Rachel Lee is a recipient of the Russian Musical Alliance of Philadelphia International Competition (1st Prize), Jacobs Music Steinway Award, Michael Morochko Piano Competition (1st Prize), Crescendo International Competition (1st Prize), Pennsylvania MTNA Young Artists Piano Competition (2nd Prize), Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow International Competition (Silver), and West Chester University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (Finalist).
Rachel has performed in Masterclasses taught by renowned artists including Jennifer Hayghe, Gregory Sioles, Charles Abramovic, Marianna Prjevalskaya, Frank Heneghan, and Kevin Chance. Attending the New Orleans Piano Institute for five years, she also studied with Alan Chow, Faina Lushtak, Shearon Horton, and Constance Carroll, while competing in the annual Solo and Concerto Competitions.
At West Chester University, Rachel served as President of the MTNA Collegiate Chapter, was an accompanist for the Recital Choir, under the direction of Dr. David DeVenney, and received the Lloyd C. Mitchell Piano Scholarship. Rachel is a music director/organist at Episcopal Church of the Trinity in Coatesville and also accompanies weekly for the Bensalem Korean United Methodist Church. She has been teaching private piano lessons since 2016.
Rachel studied at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts and at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, with Dr. Igor Resnianski. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance in Spring 2019. She is currently working towards the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with Dr. Abramovic at Temple University, where she also completed her master's degree in Spring 2021. As of Fall 2021, she is serving as an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.