Mr. James Anemone is a pedagogue and classical pianist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He operates 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, and Temple University. Students have won prizes at Little Mozarts Competition, Triumph Music Festival, Golden Key Music Festival, Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival, and Constance Murray Piano Festival. In addition, Mr. Anemone serves as a faculty member at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA since April 2019.
In addition to teaching, in the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Anemone performed in Cohen Family Studio Theatre at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He won first prize at Crescendo International Music Competition, where he performed at Carnegie Hall, in New York. He created the Anemone Piano Studio Spring Festival, 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. He appeared as a guest artist at Triumph Music Festival in Philadelphia, PA and performed at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.
During the 2017-2018 season, 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. He won first prize at the Triumph Music Festival and first prize at the Pennsylvania MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was a finalist in the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and at Steinway Society of New Orleans, Hall Piano Company, and New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition. He performed at the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Collegiate Recital at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and collaborated with Henry Grabb, Karen Dannessa, Robert Skoniczin, Jonathan Ragonese, and Ovidiu Marinescu in the West Chester University High School Summer Music Institute.
In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Anemone placed second in the Pennsylvania MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, was a finalist in the 2016 West Chester University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and won a Silver Medal with Distinction in the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow International Piano Competition, presented by the Nelly Berman School Classical Music Institute. Mr. Anemone was a staff accompanist for the West Chester University High School Summer Music Institute, and collaborated with faculty members including Jonathan Fowler, Daniel Cherry, Stephanie Heavens and Rebecca Ansel. He performed in a recital tour, premiering Joseph Foster Harkins' Three Piano Sonatinas in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA. He was the first prize winner of the 2017 New Orleans Piano Institute Solo Competition and the Michael Morochko Piano Scholarship Competition.
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. He served as a teaching assistant under Dr. Joann Kirchner and studied with Ching-Yun Hu.