Violinist Robert Anemone has been praised for his “complete command, beautiful sound, and firmness without anxiety” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). First prize winner of the 2015 Hudson Valley Philharmonic Strings Competition, the 2013-14 New England Conservatory Violin Competition, and the 2007 Concord Young Artist Competition, he has appeared as a soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Concord Symphony, University of Evansville Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Philharmonia, and others, as well as in recital in the United States and Europe. He is currently a member of the first violin section of the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh, NC.
From 2015 to 2018, Robert was concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic and part of the Eykamp String Quartet, whose members served as the faculty artists-in-residence at the University of Evansville. During his time in Evansville, he helped administrate the chamber music course at the University of Evansville, and also helped found “Coffee and Classics,” a chamber music series at a local music venue and coffee house. In 2016, the Eykamp Quartet was presented with the Mayor’s Ensemble Award by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.
As a chamber musician, Robert has collaborated with such artists as the Borromeo String Quartet, James Buswell, Stephen Drury, Grigory Kalinovsky, Jeffrey Irvine, and Carol Ou, and has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall. Summer 2019 will see him taking on the role of acting second violinist of the Jasper String Quartet as they tour across the United States. From 2015 to 2017 Robert was a member of the Larchmere String Quartet, which gave recitals and masterclasses across the United States and Canada in such venues as the Chicago Cultural Center, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Louisville’s Comstock Hall. In 2013 he was a recipient of NEC’s Quartetutopia fellowship as a member of the Petrucci String Quartet and used the attached grant to research and lecture on the original manuscripts of Beethoven’s string quartets. An avid proponent of new music, he has worked closely with composers Roger Reynolds, Christian Wolff, John Heiss, Stratis Minakakis, Menachem Wiesenberg, Katherine Balch, David Hertzberg, Ralph Farris, Zack Browning, and others in premieres and performances of their works, many of which were written specifically for him.
Since 2014, Robert has held the position of principal second violin of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, where he also served numerous times as acting concertmaster. Other orchestral engagements include appearances as guest concertmaster with Indianapolis Opera and Orchestra Kentucky, as well as performances and recording projects with a variety of larger ensembles including the Boston-based chamber orchestras A Far Cry and Discovery Ensemble, Odyssey Opera, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the Callithumpian Consort.
A graduate of James Buswell’s studio at the New England Conservatory (BM 2012, MM 2014), Robert was a recipient of the Dorothy J. Bales ’41 Violin Scholarship and was awarded the 2014 Gunther Schuller medal for outstanding graduate study. He received additional training at the Taos School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Heifetz Institute, where he worked with the Borromeo, Brentano, Miro, and Shanghai String Quartets, as well as Michael Tree, Robert McDonald, Thomas Sauer, Sylvia Rosenberg, Virginia Weckstrom, and Grigory Kalinovsky, among others. Passionate about passing on the knowledge he has gained from these mentors, he is a committed teacher, and is currently on the faculty of the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop, the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, and the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp. Previous teaching posts include the University of Evansville, the North Bennet Street School, the Ip Piano School, and the Arthur Russel Strings Festival, and he has presented masterclasses at UNC Chapel Hill, Otterbein University, and the University of Evansville. In addition to music, Robert enjoys good coffee, bad movies, and the great outdoors.