Pianist, Dianna Anderson performs frequently as a solo recitalist and collaborator, her repertoire ranging from classical standards to new music. As a founding member of the piano trio, Luminus, with violinist Dr. Jon Rumney, and cellist Dr. Erik Anderson, she has performed hundreds of concerts bringing the intimate art of chamber music to stages throughout the Midwest. Also with cellist, Erik Anderson, she has a more than 20-year relationship as a duo, performing recitals across the US, Canada, and Italy.
As a collaborator, she performs regularly with the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Western Plains Opera Company, her colleagues at Minot State University as well as guest artists. Highlights include performances with the Ying Quartet and a series of concerts given in Minot, ND of the complete works for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven with cellists Yehuda Hanani and Erik Anderson. She has been a featured soloist with the North State Symphony, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Minot Symphony Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony, and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony. She has recently recorded piano works by Efraín Amaya, and has given world premieres of works by Matthew Saunders, David Lefkowitz, Robert Bradshaw, Sean Neukom, and Richard Neukom.
A passionate educator, she teaches piano, piano pedagogy, collaborative piano, music theory, aural skills, Music Students’ Survival Guide, a first-year experience course at Minot State University, and maintains a studio of young pianists. A member of NDMTA, she has presented and/or performed at state conventions in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, as well as the MTNA National Convention. She currently serves as president of NDMTA and is the faculty advisor for Minot State’s Collegiate Chapter of MTNA. She frequently adjudicates regional festivals and competitions and is on faculty at Dakota Chamber Music and International Music Camp. Originally from Ekalaka, Montana, her degrees are from the University of Idaho, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her principle instructors were Jay Mauchley and Frank Weinstock.
An avid runner, Dr. Anderson has run numerous marathons. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, back-packing, and gardening. She lives in a home designed on Brahms’ Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2, and with her husband, Erik, is the proud parent of four very musical sons.
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