Anna started cello at the age of 8. After winning 2nd prize in the National Youth Concerto Competition at the age of 13 (1st prize went to Richard Tognetti, aged 15), she was encouraged to study in Paris, France. At the age of 16, she became one of the youngest to win access to France’s most prestigious musical institution: Le Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. She became Australia’s 1st cellist to graduate there with a 1st prize, unanimously.
At 21, Anna free-lanced with all the main Paris Orchestras, prior to gaining a 6 month scholarship as Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Canada.Having had tutoring with some of the worlds finest musicians, including Maurice Gendron, Paul Tortelier, Michel Strauss, Gary Hoffmann, Lorand Fenyves, William Primrose, to name but a few, on her return to Australia, she was offered a position in the Australian Chamber Orchestra at the age of 25. Instead, Anna chose to accept the Co-Principal Cello position with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, for the following 5 years. During this time, Anna taught at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing arts and performed in chamber music concerts.
Anna has toured France, the UK, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Luxembourg, Switzerland, North and South Africa, Japan, Korea, China, Canada and the USA extensively with some of our world’s leading ensembles and orchestras.
In 2005 Anna returned definitively to Australia where she has enjoyed a variety of work, including playing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and film soundtrack recordings for Happy Feet 2, The Lego Movie, Mad Max Fury Road, Jasper Jones, The Water Diviner, The Gods of Egypt, Australia, Lego Ninjago to name just a few.
Anna has taught throughout her playing career in Paris, Hong Kong and Australia, both in schools, and privately.
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