ABOUT

Anna Da Silva Chen is recognised as one of Australia’s finest emerging violinists. She has appeared as soloist with the Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmanian, Canberra and Willoughby symphony orchestras. Her performances have been broadcast frequently on ABC Classic FM as a string and grand finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, performing Saint-Säens' Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen and Elgar’s Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra the following year. Other concert highlights include Beethoven’s Concerto with Steel City Strings in 2019, Brahms’ Concerto with the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 with Ensemble Apex in 2017, performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013, and several performances of Sibelius’ and Tchaikovsky’s concertos with the Adelaide Symphony, Metropolitan, NSWYO and SCM symphony orchestras. In July 2019, she toured Spain as a soloist with the SCM Wind Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Lynch, culminating in a performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. She has also been featured at the Canberra International and Newcastle Music Festivals. 

 

Anna is currently a graduate student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in Germany, studying with Prof Mihaela Martin. Born in Sydney in 1996, Anna began learning the violin and piano with Sarah Hindson and Susan Robinson, followed by several years studying with Dr Robin Wilson in the Open Academy Rising Stars program and completion of a Bachelor of Music degree studying under Associate Prof Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was a full-scholarship student and won University of Sydney Academic Merit Prizes in 2017 & 2018 as well as the Corrina Taylor Memorial Prize.

 

An avid chamber musician, Anna has performed as guest violinist of Australia’s Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Q, toured with Selby & Friends, and worked with the Australia Piano Quartet as their Artist-in-residence throughout 2018 and 2019. In her final concert with the APQ she performed Chausson’s Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet. Anna founded the Pietra Quartet, who won the 2017 Gerald Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship, studied in Italy under Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl and Niklas Schmidt at the 2017 Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School and participated in lessons with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Borodin, Takács, Artis, Maggini and Doric Quartets. She has been concertmaster on Australian Youth Orchestra programs, with Ensemble Apex, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.

 

Anna was a prize-winner at the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition, multiple prize-winner in the Gisborne International Music Competition and was selected as a junior semi-finalist at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. She was the winner of the 2011 Kendall National Violin Competition, 2011 National Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award and 2010 Australian National Youth Concerto Competition. Anna was selected as an active participant at the 2017 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses in Germany, studying with Professor Boris Kuschnir. She has also played in classes for Maxim Vengerov, Barnabás Kelemen, Johannes Meissl and Pinchas Zukerman.