Named Yale School of Music’s distinguished teaching artist in 2019, American oboist Hassan Anderson is a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher. Noted for his clarity of tone, range of colors, and energetic stage presence, Anderson was the oboist of the innovative New York-based chamber music ensemble SHUFFLE Concert (Ensemble Mélange), a position he held from 2011 to 2018. With the ensemble, Anderson toured Israel three times and performed throughout the U.S. and Canada at venues including the Duplex, Weill Recital Hall, Rose Studio, Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society Series, L’Ermitage Concert Series, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, and Pepperdine University Center for the Arts as well as at such summer festivals as Cooperstown Music Festival, Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, and Chamberfest Ottawa.
Anderson has recorded an album of works by artists including Schumann, Gershwin, Avner Dorman (world premiere), and Jonathan Keren (world premiere) with SHUFFLE Concert (in-house label, 2013). He is also featured on Unremembered, a song cycle by Sarah Kirkland Snider (New Amsterdam Records, 2015).
Among his numerous guest appearances are performances with the American Ballet Theatre, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ecce), and Harlem Chamber Players.
Equally adept in the classical and jazz genres and dedicated to the next generation of musicians, Anderson regularly schedules teaching opportunities around his performances. He has served as a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the Little Orchestra Society, and Jazz House Kids, the only community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz.
As a conductor, Anderson has led a wide range of ensembles including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, University Orchestra of the City University of New Jersey, and numerous choral and smaller orchestral groups on both the east and west coasts. Since 2014, Anderson has served as the conductor of Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program chorus.
Anderson, who was recently named co-artistic director of the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ecce) and director of educational programming for the Harlem Chamber Players, serves on the faculties of Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, and Harlem School of the Arts and is the founding director of music at Wetherby-Pembridge School.