2017-2018 marks Michael Anderson's 30th season as Principal Clarinetist of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. He performed world premiere of Tomas Svoboda’s Clarinet Concerto, commissioned by the Eugene Symphony in 2012. His performance of the Svoboda Clarinet Concerto was broadcast nationally on Performance Today in 2013. Anderson is also Principal Clarinet of the Santa Fe (NM) Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra; he performed as Principal Clarinet of the Oregon Ballet Theater (Portland) for 18 seasons, and was Principal Clarinet of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling for 20 seasons. He has also performed in recent years with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Music Northwest, Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Oregon Symphony. He was a guest performer in 2002 and 2003 at the "Le Domaine Forget" festival in Quebec.
Anderson was born in Portland Oregon, and studied at the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and the University of Southern California. His clarinet studies were with David Shifrin, Catherine Palladino, John McManus, Wayne Bennett, and Robert Vagner. He has taught at the University of Oregon, Willamette University, Lane Community College, and currently teaches at Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake each summer. Mr. Anderson is Director of Artistic Administration for the Oregon Bach Festival.