John Anderson took up the oboe while at school in South Wales. He went on to study with Derek Wickens and, at the Royal College of Music, with Terence MacDonagh. By the age of twenty he had taken up his first orchestral post with the Suisse Romande Orchestra in Geneva. In the twenty years since his return to the UK, John Anderson's career has included positions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has been a regular guest with all of the major London orchestras and has taught and given masterclasses at all the conservatoires in the UK as well as in Japan, China and Canada. He currently combines his work as Principal of the ECO with a professorship at the Royal College of Music. He is also a busy freelance player both as a solo artist and as a studio player recording music for film and television. Recent film projects have included The World is Not Enough, Mansfield Park and The Beach.
John Anderson's discography includes a collection of Italian baroque concertos, the Martinu concerto, two versions of the Strauss concerto and versions of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K297b with the London Festival Orchestra and the Philharmonia. He has recorded recital albums with guitarist Simon Wynberg and pianist Gordon Back and another oboes and guitar recital recording is being planned. Most recently, he has recorded the Mozart concerto and the Sinfonia Concertante with the ECO under Ralf Gothóni.
Recent performances have included the Bach double concerto with Maxim Vengerov in Germany and Spain and with Kennedy at London's Royal Festival Hall. In February this year he performed the Strauss concerto with the ECO for the first time in the Bermuda Festival and was guest artist at the Guelph Spring Festival in Ontario.