John Clement Anderson is the founder of US classical, jazz, and world record label, “Odradek Records
,” which celebrated 10 years of activity in 2022. In 2019 he established ODRATEK
, a technology incubator based in the Netherlands, developing products and services primarily in the cultural sector, including the musical, professional audio, religious, and literary spheres. His projects include the white label logistics, marketing and distribution service Ghost-Label.com
, the democratic blind evaluation platform for teams, ANONYMUZE.com
, and the centralized biography management tool, B.io
. During the COVID pandemic, he gained worldwide attention when his team published Neumz
. This app presents the entire repertory of Gregorian Chant, offering recordings, texts, translations, and scores. It is the largest recording project in history, with over 6500 CDs worth of chants recorded. In 2021, he founded vist.co, a classical music creative marketing firm based in Hamburg, which regularly collaborates with major labels and world-renowned artists. In 2022, he published Micpedia
, the world’s largest source for information on microphones, with specifications on almost 4500 models.
He is the owner of Studio Odradek “The Spheres,”
a recording studio and events venue in Pescara, Italy. He is the manager of Ashlar LC, a property management firm dedicated to historical preservation and “adaptive reuse” in Kansas (USA). He is the music producer for many of the classical discs released by Odradek.
His ideas on democratic and cooperative business models for the music industry have received the attention of major international newspapers, specialist magazines, and public radio programs. They have brought him invitations to speak at leading industry trade shows, including Classical:NEXT. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys) and an associate member of the International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA). He has been a guest on radio and TV shows, including DW Arts and Culture, BBC3 InTune, RAI Radio 3, WDR3, SWR2, RTE1, SRF, and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and has given dozens of interviews about the label and its many projects to newspapers and specialist magazines worldwide.
John Anderson has two Master’s performance diplomas from the Music Academy of Pescara, where he studied with Bruno Mezzena. Mezzena was a pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Marguerite Long, and Tito Aprea. He was a vital influence on John musically, intellectually, and ethically. He started piano lessons with Phyllis Olsen when he was four in his hometown, Lawrence, Kansas (USA), and studied with her until university.
He read Music at Hertford College, Oxford. Soon after matriculating, he began commuting to the academy diploma programs in Pescara to study with Mezzena. He graduated fourth of his class in 2004 with a “First” in Music, with his year’s highest marks in performance and composition. While there, he served as artistic director of the Oxford International Music Festival, president of his college music society, and his college orchestra’s conductor.
After university, he moved to Italy to complete his diploma program with Mezzena. He received his first diploma with top marks in 2005. In 2011, he was awarded perfect marks, lauds, and “special mention” for his second performance diploma concentrating exclusively on 20th-century piano repertoire. Meanwhile, he continued to study composition and analysis with his Oxford tutor, Hugh Collins Rice, and in courses at the Academy in Pescara. He is a dedicated advocate for new and 20th-century music. He has performed in the USA, UK, Italy, Switzerland, and Russia and with various orchestras in Italy, the UK, and the United States. He has participated as a jury member for two international music competitions in Moscow. For a couple of years, he taught pre-academy piano courses at the Pescara Academy.
Seeking to record his first album, he instead founded Odradek Records in 2012. He launched Anonymuze and Ghost Label in 2014, Odradek Jazz in 2015, B.io in 2016, “The Spheres” in 2017, Odradek World in 2018, and Neumz in 2020, vist.co in 2021, and Micpedia in 2022.
He is married to Italian pianist and Slavistics researcher Pina Napolitano (pina.com) and lives in Rome.