By Estelle Belson
Piano Club Concert Producer
The Riderwood Piano Club is pleased to bring you a welcome addition to our ever-growing family of young, talented performers. Anders Brodnax, a 17-year-old pianist will share his musical gifts with us on Sunday evening, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.
Anders, a rising senior at Sidwell Friends School, began his piano studies at the age of six. Since 2013, he has won countless awards and scholarships, notably the first prize in the Washington Music Teachers Association (WMTA) Viola Hartman Piano Performance Awards. He also won first prize in the WMTA Modern Music Competition.
Last summer, Anders was one of four recipients out of 45 contestants to win the merit scholarships at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Anders is also an accomplished organist and has performed in an invitational concert with professional organists last year. He also performed in a Bach Harpsichord master class with Adam Pearl at the Aberfoyle Baroque.
He is a member of a student a cappella group and co-president of a chamber chorus at Sidwell Friends School. He also works with the Music and Memory program of Iona Senior Services in Washington, which studies the impact of music on memory-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Anders will be performing on the piano, as well as the organ. Composers will include Mendelssohn, Bolcom, Debussy, Gershwin, and Bach. The highlight of the evening will be a presentation of a complete Mozart piano concerto, accompanied by club president, Elizabeth White. This past spring Anders performed the concerto with a professional string quartet.
This is a free concert. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and we anticipate a large attendance. Plan to arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please note that we are required to adhere to fire code law regarding capacity. See you there!