Desireé Anderson

Desireé Anderson Headshot with cello

Desireé Anderson has performed in music halls all over the world as a chamber musician, concert soloist and recitalist. She has performed in various music festivals and outreach programs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as in Haiti and South Korea. An avid devotee to the progress of new music, Desireé has world premiered and recorded numerous chamber and solo works. In the same vein, Desireé composes cello solo works to accompany theatrical plays and dance performances. Many of her works have been performed in New York, Washington DC, Chicago and even as far as Jerusalem! 

Desireé holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she studied under Dr. Stefan Kartman from 2002 – 2006. She then went on to earn two Master degrees in Cello Performance and String Pedagogy at Ohio University under Dr. Michael Carrera from 2006 – 2009. Wanting more performance experience, Desireé attended the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory, where she earned an Artist Diploma with Professor Lee Fiser from 2009 – 2011.  With nearly a decade spent in the university setting, Desireé moved to the Windy City in the fall of 2011 to perform with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a member of this illustrious orchestra, Desireé enjoyed the privilege of performing on the same stage as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as receiving mentorship from both members of the Chicago Symphony and the great Yo-Yo Ma. 

Once the pandemic hit the world, Desireé, along with her husband, embarked on a new journey to Colorado. The mountains were calling and, along with the vast music scene, their decision to relocate has been exciting and fulfilling thus far. Desireé is honored to call herself a member of the Fort Collins Symphony and looks forward to making beautiful music with this wonderful group of musicians!

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