Anna Da Silva Chen has established a reputation as one of Australia’s finest and most versatile young violinists, equally at home as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
As a soloist she has appeared with the Sydney, Adelaide, Queensland, Tasmanian, Canberra, Willoughby and Göttingen Symphony Orchestras, Western Sydney Philharmonic, Ensemble Apex, ACO Academy Orchestra and The Metropolitan Orchestra among others. She has enjoyed collaborative relationships with such conductors as Christopher Seaman, Nicholas Milton, Fabian Russell, Vladimir Verbitsky, Guy Noble, Marc Taddei, Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Sarah-Grace Williams, Dane Lam, John Curro and Sam Weller.
Anna has maintained a great artistic curiosity for a wide variety of concertos. She performed Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 3 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Elgar and Tchaikovsky concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan-Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Concerto with Steel City Strings, Sibelius Concerto with several orchestras from 2016-2018, Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 with Ensemble Apex and West Phil, and Chausson’s Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with the Australia Piano Quartet. She made her German debut with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Nicholas Milton AM in 2020.
Equally dedicated to chamber music, Anna is a founding violinist of the Alma Moodie Quartet and worked extensively as artist-in-residence with the Australia Piano Quartet. She also appears with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Selby & Friends, Omega Ensemble, ACO Collective, Ensemble Q, and as a featured artist in the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Music Series, the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands and Canberra International and Newcastle Music Festivals. Her most influential chamber music teachers include Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl and John Harding.
By the age of 15, Anna was winner of the Kendall National Violin Competition, National Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award and National Youth Concerto Competition, semi-finalist in the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and a frequent finalist of the ABC Young Performers Awards. More recently, she was a silver medal winner in the Vienna International Music Competition, prize winner in the Gisborne International Music Competition, and has twice been nominated for the Freedman Fellowship Awards.
After private studies with Professor Alice Waten and Dr Robin Wilson, Anna joined Professor Mihaela Martin’s class at the Cologne University of Music. Anna holds a Bachelor's degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she was awarded University of Sydney Academic Merit Prizes, the Corrina Taylor Memorial Prize and the Miss Ada Thompson Scholarship for Postgraduate Students. She also won the university’s 2016 concerto competition and toured Spain as a soloist with the SCM Wind Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona.