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Anthony Cardella is a dynamic and compelling, active performer who has performed in esteemed concert halls across the United States and Europe and has won regional and national performance competitions in the United States. A Wisconsin native, Anthony moved to Los Angeles in 2019 after completing his undergraduate studies at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. Since then, he has been performing, teaching, and collaborating in the Los Angeles area while pursuing further studies at the Thornton School of Music. 


Anthony is an award-winning performer who has been praised for his virtuosity, exceptionally delicate touch, and colorful playing that connects with his audiences on an emotional level. Anthony is known for assembling programs that showcase the full extent of his technical abilities and vulnerability at the piano in tandem, while actively seeking out music written by living composers to program and showcase in addition to standard Classical repertoire. Anthony’s performing career has recently centered around a combination of abstract art and Classical/Contemporary music, creating interdisciplinary experiences for audiences. 

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Music with honors in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Lawrence University and Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and is a Doctoral candidate at USC, teaching at the collegiate level while also doing research in musicology and pedagogy. Anthony’s passions in pedagogy include modernized teaching approaches that value many genres of music to adequately prepare students for multifaceted careers and opportunities ahead of them, as well as injury prevention at the piano with specialized work and research done in Taubman Technique and ergonomic piano playing.



  • 1st place winner at the state and national divisions of the National Federation of Music Club’s Student/Collegiate Division competition

  • 3rd place winner at the Tannenwald Young Artist Competition

  • Semi-finalist at the William Knabe International Piano Competition

  • 1st place winner at the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition

  • 1st place winner at the WI state division of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition (Multiple years)

  • Finalist at the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition 

  • 1st place winner with Samuel Barber's Piano Concerto in the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (Winner's Performance on March 9th, 2018 with orchestra) 

  • 1st place winner and scholarship recipient at Northeast Wisconsin Piano Teachers Forum Annual Classical Competition

  • Margarete Gary Daniel's Award for Excellence in Keyboard Performance - Lawrence University (Multiple Years)

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