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Richard Anderson


Originally from Oregon, Richard started out on piano about age 5 moving to the violin at 9, upright bass at 12, tuba and electric bass at 13. Leaving the violin behind, he went on to study music and began playing in the Portland area from the late 1970s to the mid 80’s.

“In college, I was fortunate to have had teachers that were also working musicians, so they taught from both academic and practical experience—in other words, what you need to know to play your instrument, and what you need to know to make music as a group. They introduced to work opportunities, which turned the bandstand into an advanced course classroom where I could confirm and put to use what I learned in the daytime, gain valuable real-world playing experience, and learn further under some of the best musicians in the Northwest."

Those opportunities led to working with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell, Diane Schurr, Debbie Reynolds, Rose Marie, Nancy King, Frankie Laine, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Pat Boone, and more.

Moving to Japan in 1986, Richard stayed active playing, writing, and arranging with his own groups, and also playing with artists such as Martha Miyake, Hara Nobuo, Teramasa Hino, Chika Ohashi, Sera Yuzuru and more.



5歳から高校までピアノ、その間 小学生でのビートルズにはじまり、ポップスやロック、プログレ、フュージョンなど様々な音楽ジャンルに興味をもちながら成長。その後 学生時代は英語専攻、音楽活動はバンドでキーボードとボーカルを担当。卒業後、音楽講師として再びピアノ、また演奏のため電子鍵盤も始める。27歳のとき、ジャズピアノを習い始めたことがきっかけとなり、ほぼ同時期よりジャズボーカル&ボイストレーニングを受け始める。ピアノ弾き語りとして数年活動後、声 (歌) での表現により魅力を感じ、以降ボーカリストとして活動。


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