Connecticut native Robert Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and a master’s degree at Catholic University. He received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich with Professor Franz Ortner. Prior to joining the Minnesota Orchestra’s bass section in 1974, he performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C., the Richmond Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival.
Anderson serves as a faculty member at the MacPhail Center for Music. He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Normandale Community College. Additionally, he taught and performed at the Las Vegas Music Festival for 12 years. He is also active as a local freelance musician and contractor, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Twin Cities Musicians Union.