BIOGRAPHY

Anna Da Silva Chen is considered one of Australia's finest emerging violinists, enjoying an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmanian, Canberra, Willoughby and Metropolitan symphony orchestras as well as many regional and youth orchestras across Australia, performing concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Wieniawski. In January 2020 she made her German debut with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Milton AM, and in 2019 toured Spain with the SCM Wind Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. She has also performed as a soloist, director and frequent concertmaster of Ensemble Apex, a young and promising orchestra based in Sydney, Australia. Recent highlights include Anna’s chamber orchestra program featuring works by Walton and Stravinsky in February 2021, and a performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto with conductor Sam Weller in 2017. Future engagements include performances at the 2022 Orlando Festival in the Netherlands.

An avid chamber musician, Anna regularly performs as guest violinist of Australia’s Omega Ensemble, toured with Selby & Friends, and worked with the Australia Piano Quartet as their Artist-in-Residence throughout 2018 and 2019. Other notable performances include New Australian Classical - a live-streamed concert with over 55,000 views at the Sydney Opera House, Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata and Bartók’s Contrasts in Omega Ensemble’s opening tour of the 2020 season, Chausson’s Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with the Australia Piano Quartet in 2019, and Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the NSWYO conducted by Fabian Russell in 2017. As an undergraduate, Anna travelled to Italy to study string quartets with Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl and Niklas Schmidt at the Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School, and later in Vienna and London with members of the Borodin, Takács, Artis, Maggini and Doric Quartets. Anna has also enjoyed performing tango and Latin American music with guitarist Sako Dermenjian, and more recently with composer and pianist Daniel Rojas, performing multiple sold-out concerts at the 2021 Sydney Festival. As concertmaster, Anna has performed with Ensemble Apex, Sydney Conservatorium's Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute.

​Anna was a laureate of the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition, multiple prize-winner in the Gisborne International Music Competition and selected as a junior semi-finalist in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of fifteen. In Australia, Anna won the 2011 Kendall National Violin Competition, 2011 National Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award and 2010 National Youth Concerto Competition, and was a frequent finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards. In 2017 she was selected as an active participant at the Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses, studying with Professor Boris Kuschnir. She has also played in masterclasses for Maxim Vengerov, Arabella Steinbacher, Barnabás Kelemen, Johannes Meissl and Pinchas Zukerman.

Anna began violin studies from the age of eight with Sarah Hindson, soon followed by Dr Robin Wilson in the Open Academy Rising Stars program. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying under Associate Prof Alice Waten, and was awarded University of Sydney Academic Merit Prizes in 2017 & 18, the Corrina Taylor Memorial Prize, and the Miss Ada Thompson Scholarship for Postgraduate Students. She is currently a Master's student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in Germany, studying with Prof Mihaela Martin.