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 serves as a faculty member at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA since 2019. 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.