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James Anagnoson

James Anagnoson
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  • Dean, The Glenn Gould School

Specialty(s)

Piano

James Anagnoson, Dean of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, is one of Canada's best-known pianists and pedagogues. He has been on the piano faculty of the GGS since its formation in 1987, and has also taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario.

Mr. Anagnoson’s students have won prizes in International Competitions such as the Maria Canals, the International Franz Liszt, the Gina Bachauer, and the Dublin International competitions, and repeatedly are prizewinners in Canada’s National Competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition and the Toronto Symphony Competition. He has given master classes in various parts of Europe, North America, and Asia, and he has been a juror for competitions such as the Dublin International Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Canadian Chopin Competition, the Prix d'Europe, the International e-Competition, the Toronto International Piano Competition, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Competition.

In 1976, James Anagnoson began performing with Canadian pianist Leslie Kinton. The duo Anagnoson & Kinton received unanimous acclaim from both audiences and critics, and have performed in more than 1000 concerts around the world. The duo has been heard in concerto appearances with Canada's leading orchestras, and they have made 10 CDs of works for two pianos, two pianos and orchestra and piano four hands, which are played regularly across Canada, the United States and Europe. Anagnoson & Kinton have also performed for the BBC, Czech National Radio, Hong Kong Radio, Hilversum Radio in Holland, and radio Suisse Romande. Recognized as one of the world’s finest piano duos, Anagnoson & Kinton were named Honorary Fellows of The Royal Conservatory of Music in 2019.

James Anagnoson has been heard nationally on the CBC radio as a guest host on both The Arts Tonight and This Is My Music, and as a piano commentator for both the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the CBC Young Performer's Competition.

Mr. Anagnoson received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School, and his Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, which he attended on scholarship.