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Biography

Anna Da Silva Chen has established a reputation as one of Australia’s finest young violinists, equally at home as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared internationally with major orchestras including the Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Canberra Symphony and Göttingen Symphony among several others performing concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Wieniawski. She has enjoyed working with such conductors as Christopher Seaman, Nicholas Milton, Fabian Russell, Vladimir Verbitsky, Guy Noble, Marc Taddei, Dane Lam and John Curro. Performance highlights include Elgar’s Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at age 15, her debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013, Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 with Ensemble Apex, concerts in Spain culminating in a performance at the renowned Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and her German debut with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra in 2020.

 

As a chamber musician, Anna has appeared with Selby & Friends, Ensemble Q, Omega Ensemble and as Artist-in-Residence with the Australia Piano Quartet. Other notable collaborations include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with NSWYO, Chausson’s Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with the APQ, programs with the Alma Moodie Quartet and a range of other chamber works with esteemed artists including Kristian Winther, Sophie Rowell, Andrew Haveron, Julian Smiles, Claire Edwardes OAM, Daniel de Borah and Edward Neeman. Currently, Anna is an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and a frequent soloist, director and concertmaster of Ensemble Apex.

 

Anna was a silver medal winner in the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition, prize winner in the Gisborne International Music Competition, semi-finalist in the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, and one of 24 violinists selected to compete in the 2022 Carl Nielsen International Competition. In Australia, Anna won the 2011 Kendall National Violin Competition, 2011 National Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award and 2010 National Youth Concerto Competition. She has been nominated twice for the Freedman Classical Fellowship Awards and a frequent finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards from the age of 14.

 

Anna studied with Professor Mihaela Martin at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne and formerly with Professor Alice Waten, Dr Robin Wilson and Sarah Hindson. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and was awarded University of Sydney Academic Merit Prizes, the Corrina Taylor Memorial Prize, and the Miss Ada Thompson Scholarship for Postgraduate Students. In solo masterclasses she has performed for Maxim Vengerov, Pinchas Zukerman, Boris Kuschnir, Barnabás Kelemen, and Arabella Steinbacher. Her chamber music teachers include Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl, and members of the Borodin, Takács, Goldner, Artis, Maggini and Doric Quartets.