Mike Anderson was born and raised in Nashville, TN. He began studying piano at the age of 8 under the instruction of Jody Nardone, one of Nashville's premier jazz pianists and music educators. Jody taught piano with a heavy focus on jazz and modern music, encouraging Mike to explore many different genres. While performing in jazz ensembles and orchestras in high school at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Mike began orchestrating and arranging music for various ensembles, as well as experimenting with writing his own original compositions.
Mike enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2011. Though he originally thought to pursue a career in medicine, his passion for music led him to major in Music and minor in Psychology. While at Virginia, Mike played tenor sax and trumpet in the Virginia Pep Band and played piano in many jazz ensembles and pit orchestras for Footloose, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, She Loves Me, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Mike continued his education by attending the Seattle Film Institute, where he earned his Master of Music in Film Scoring under the tutelage of two-time Emmy Award winner Hummie Mann. At SFI, Mike honed his skills in composition, orchestration, conducting, production, and sheet music preparation. As part of the curriculum, Mike conducted live recording sessions, including a 54-piece orchestra. Two weeks after graduation, he received the fourth place award for Warner Bros.' Harry Potter for Kinect original score contest out of 250 composers worldwide. Staying in Seattle, Mike interned with Trey Gunn, a King Crimson alumnus and working composer for film and television, where he orchestrated the title theme for On the Case with Paula Zahn.
Returning to Nashville in the summer of 2014, Mike immediately began working with Howie Klausner on his new film, The Secret Handshake, starring Kevin Sorbo and Amy Grant, scoring several key scenes for the project. Since moving back to Nashville, he has been signed to several publishing companies, including Preston-Bevrly Group, Jingle Punks, and Reel Whitty Werks and several of Mike's compositions have seen placement in television.
Realizing that playing several instruments helps to appreciate the nuances of live performers and brings a greater depth of knowledge to digital orchestration, Mike has taught himself to play trumpet, bass, saxophone, guitar, Irish tin whistle, and organ. He continues to master these skills while playing in several rock bands and as a session player around Nashville.
Mike currently resides in Franklin, TN, where he works as a freelance composer and producer working on projects ranging from film, television, and video games to artist demos to full albums to live orchestral projects.
Photography courtesy of Stephanie McKendrick.