Shepherd School alumnus Bryan Anderson (MM ‘18) performs after winning the coveted First Prize at the 2023 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.
Verdi (arr. Anderson): Overture to La forza del destino
Howells: Psalm-prelude, Set 2, No. 1, "De profundis"
Dupré: Deux Esquisses
Rolande Falcinelli: Miniatures Persanes
Duruflé (arr. Anderson): “Tambourinfrom” from Trois danses pour orchestre
Jongen: Sonata Eroïca
Bryan Anderson enjoys a versatile career as a performer, church musician, teacher, and musical collaborator. The Diapason, which named Bryan to its “20 under 30” Class of 2017, called his playing “brilliant;” Classical Voice of North Carolina described his playing as “simply first class.” Across various disciplines and specialties, Bryan’s reputation as an effective musician is well-established.
Bryan is the winner of the 2023 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, receiving the $40,000 Pierre S. DuPont Prize (the largest cash prize of any competitive organ event) and the Philadelphia AGO Chapter Prize for the best performance of a prescribed work by Florence Price. Bryan also took the Louis Robilliard prize and a 3rd prize at the 2021 Canadian International Organ Competition, and the Firmin Swinnen Second Prize at the 2019 Longwood Gardens Organ Competition. He has also performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. He appeared on the album Pipedreams Premieres, vol. 3, performing music of Henry Martin alongside Isabelle Demers, Stephen Tharp, and Ken Cowan. Bryan has completed a number of original orchestral transcriptions, including works by Duruflé, Alkan, and Debussy, and enjoys utilizing these arrangements in recitals.