John Anderson took up the oboe while at school in South Wales. He studied with Derek Wickens and at the Royal College of Music in London, with Terence MacDonagh. By the age of twenty he had taken up his first orchestral post with the Suisse Romande Orchestra in Geneva. A career in major symphony orchestras spanning over twenty five years including the BBC Symphony, the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras has followed and John Anderson currently combines his work as principal oboe of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic with a professorship at the Royal College of Music. He has been a regular guest with all the major London orchestras and has taught and given master-classes at all the music colleges in the UK as well as in Japan, China and Canada. He is also a busy freelance player, both as a solo artist and as a studio player recording music for film and television.
Recent projects have included recording the Bach concerto for oboe and violin with Stephany Gonley and the English Chamber Orchestra and the Mozart concerto with the Royal Philharmonic. John Anderson's current discography includes versions of the Strauss concerto with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, the Mozart concerto with the ECO, and recital albums with piano and guitar.