A native of Bethesda, MD, Will Anderson began training in classical music, traditional and contemporary jazz at 9 years of age. Only five years later, Will toured throughout the United Kingdom performing jazz at festivals and clubs, specializing in the music of King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong. While still in high school, Will was the 2005 2nd place winner at the East Coast Jazz Festival's Jazz Scholarship Competition, a 2005 Downbeat Magazine Outstanding Jazz Soloist, and a two-time NFAA Jazz Honorable Mention Recipient. In New York City, while earning his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at the Juilliard School, he traveled with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra to Japan, Costa Rica, the Middle East, and across the U.S. giving performances and jazz clinics. At Juilliard, Mr. Anderson was a 2010 Instrumental Teaching Fellowship and 2010 Concert Fellowship recipient, which involved teaching weekly clarinet master classes and music appreciation classes at Public Schools in Manhattan. From 2009-11, Mr. Anderson served on the faculty of Juilliard's Music Advancement Program, teaching private music lessons, ensembles, and theory classes. Mr. Anderson was also a fourtime recipient of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship, leading over 60 jazz presentations in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Rehabilitation Clinics in the New York City area.
Mr. Anderson is a diversified professional - he's acted in Hollywood movies, performed on Broadway, and has been interviewed on radio stations worldwide. Mr. Anderson frequently performs at top NYC venues including Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Village Vanguard, and has has recently appeared with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, and the Jimmy Heath Big Band. In 2009, Will was selected for the "Betty Carter Jazz Ahead" and the "Young Artists Ravinia" jazz residencies, which culminated with multiple performances of his original compositions at the Kennedy Center and the Ravinia Jazz Festival. You can hear Mr. Anderson on the the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire Volume 1."
William co-leads the "Anderson Twins Jazz" ensemble with his identical twin brother Peter, and together they have led feature performances and lectures at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Iridium Jazz Club, D.C.'s Blues Alley, N.Y.C.'s University Club & Colony Club, The Irish Historical Society, and in the Empire State Building. As guest artists, William and Peter have led performances at Stonybrook University's 2011 Clarinet Festival "Clarinetopia" and at Michigan State University's 2011 Annual Vandoren "Clarinetfest." In June 2011, they were interviewed as guest speakers at the Jacob Burns Film Center for the screening of a Benny Goodman documentary, which culminated with a performance by the Anderson Twins Quartet.
In May 2010, the Anderson twins co-produced and directed a 2-week Off-Broadway production at Manhattan's 59E59 Theaters celebrating Artie Shaw's centennial, garnering a NY Times review: "Pete and Will Anderson are virtuoso's on both clarinet and saxophone." Blogspot.com proclaimed, "You will not hear anything better musically on a New York stage this month." Jazz greats Sol Yaged and Joe Wilder performed with The Anderson Twins at the show. They currently perform at the 59e59 theater's E:BAR every Thursday night from 10pm until 12am. In February 2011, The Anderson Twins Quartet was featured Jack Kleinsinger's legendary Highlights in Jazz "Next Generation" Concert. More recently in October 2011, the Anderson Twins produced the "Anderson Twins Big Band" debut at Symphony Space, celebrating and offering new interpretations of the music of Quincy Jones, who personally gave the twins his best wishes and thanks via phone call. Coming soon in September 2012, Peter and Will Anderson will be producing and performing in a month long off-Broadway musical show saluting the Dorsey Brothers at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan.