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Visiting Instructor, Music
B.A., Lawrence University; DMA, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music (in progress)
Appointed In

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.