Introducing Deanna Anderson!


What’s your name?

My name is Deanna Anderson.

Where are you from?

I was born and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, land of the Frozen Chosen!

How did you come to the viola?

I started on piano at the age of 4, then in 4th grade we had the option to play a stringed instrument. However, I wanted to play the flute so I waited for 5th grade…but with the dissuasion of the band teacher (too many flutes!) I decided against it. My older brother had already started the violin, my mom encouraged me to play viola, and I loved the beautiful tone….thus I chose viola!

Are you a Juilliard student?  Were you?  Or do you now work as part of the studio?

At Juilliard I am currently a second year Master’s student, and I’m studying with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. I did my undergraduate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and also spent a semester on exchange at the Paris Conservatoire!

Tell us about one of your favorite performances?

What a tough question! I can definitely say that I have been inspired by so many concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra, it’s hard to name one. Another moving performance was the Tetzlaff Quartet’s Mendelssohn Op. 13.

If you could perform any viola piece, what would it be?

Beethoven Quartet Op. 132 and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Gil Shaham. Oh–and someday I’d like to perform Naturale by Berio for viola, percussion, and recorded tape with my good friend in Paris. Such a cool piece!

If you could play any non-viola piece, what would it be?

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2! This piece has always haunted me, the turmoil, raw emotion and expressiveness… and it must be exhilarating to perform it with orchestra.

Who made your viola and how did you get to be the one playing it?

My beautiful viola was made by Bronek Cison in the shop of William Harris Lee in Chicago. I discovered it this past summer, and smiled instantly the first time I played on it. It has a deep, rich sound, and is effortlessly resonant…I love it!

Do you have any secret skills?

Love salsa dancing! That’s no secret though. And I can spell several 11-letter words backwards.

You are forced by the United States Government to not practice for a day.  What do you do with yourself?

My day would include waking up without an alarm clock, doing yoga, spending much of the afternoon cafe-hopping, and finally going to see the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

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