Cellist Brady Anderson made his solo debut at age 15, performing Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major. Brady has since performed most of the standard cello concerto repertoire with orchestra. He went on to win top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Music Teacher’s National Association and the American String Teacher’s Association performance competitions.
Brady is the artistic director of the Pleasanton Chamber Players and the Benicia Chamber Players. Having performed chamber music extensively, Brady has had the opportunity to collaborate with both faculty and colleagues across the country and world. He is the cellist and a founding member of the Alden Trio and was the interim cellist of the Thalea String Quartet. Brady studied chamber music under the guidance of Menahem Pressler, Jorja Fleezanis, Anne Epperson, Atar Arad, Paul Hersh, Ian Swensen, the Pacifica String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, the JACK Quartet, the Miró Quartet, and many others. Brady also enjoys performing all genres of music and has recorded with dozens of groups, including Nataly Dawn, Cyprus Hill, Jennifer Hudson and can be heard on the Grammy-nominated La Orquesta Sinfonietta album Canto America.
As an avid orchestral musician, he played in the cello sections of several California orchestras, such as the Stockton Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and Fresno Philharmonic, and Indiana orchestras Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Columbus Philharmonic. He was principal cellist of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Chamber Orchestra, IU Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Summer Philharmonic. Brady has played under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, and Jakub Hruša.
Brady’s former teachers include Peter Stumpf, Jonathan Koh, and Irene Sharp. During his cello studies, Brady performed in master classes of Tamas Varga, Zuill Bailey, David Geber, Emilio Colon, Mark Votapek, Irene Sharp, Wendy Sharp, and the Alexander String Quartet.
A dedicated cello teacher with almost a decade of teaching experience, Brady served as Jonathan Koh’s Teaching Assistant at UC Berkeley and at Mr. Koh’s private studio while maintaining his own private studio of nearly forty students. Brady has coached cello sectionals for the Solano Country Youth Orchestra, the Berkeley Chamber Orchestra, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, and the California Youth Symphony. During his graduate program in Indiana, Brady took courses in cello pedagogy and has been a guest artist in several teaching residencies around the country. Upon returning to California, he began teaching in his current studio in Pleasanton.
Brady received a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was a recipient of the Janos Starker Scholarship. Brady earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California at Berkeley, receiving the Eisner Award for outstanding musical achievement.
Brady plays on a Francis Kuttner “Ruggeri” cello generously loaned by the Mao Foundation.