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Eric Anderson; Principal Bassoon

Eric Anderson has been Principal Bassoonist of the CSO Orchestra and Bassoonist of the CSO Wind Quintet since 1996. He attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for Post Graduate work where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival. In addition to playing Principal Bassoon with the CSO, he currently plays Third/Contrabassoon with the Alabama Symphony.

Why did you choose your instrument?

My band director made me play it.

Where did you go to school? Who did you study with?

Appalachian State University-Jon Beebe
University of Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music-William Winstead
Rice University-Ben Kamins

What are your hobbies?

Hiking; cycling

Do you have a family? Pets?

Wife, Michelle; 2 cats-Butterscotch and Bear

What is your favorite Chattanooga restaurant?

Lupi’s Pizza or Tony’s Pasta

Who is your favorite composer? Piece?

Mahler; Mahler Symphony # 5 and Strauss Der Rosenkavalier