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BIOGRAPHY

Anna Da Silva Chen is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading young 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 several regional and youth orchestras across Australia, performing concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Wieniawski. In 2020 she made her German solo debut with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Nicholas Milton AM, and in 2019 toured Spain with the SCM Wind Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a performance at the renowned Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. She is a regular featured artist at the Canberra International Music Festival and is engaged to perform at the 2022 Orlando Festival in the Netherlands. In Australia, Anna performs dedicatedly as soloist, director and concertmaster of Ensemble Apex, a young and ambitious ensemble based in Sydney.


An avid chamber musician, Anna regularly tours Australia as guest violinist of Omega Ensemble, performed with Ensemble Q, and toured with Selby & Friends in 2015. As Artist-in-Residence with the Australia Piano Quartet from 2017-2019, Anna explored a plethora of chamber works and performed with such artists as Daniel de Borah, Edward Neeman, Kristian Winther and Andrew Haveron. Other notable collaborations include concerts with the Alma Moodie Quartet, an acclaimed program of tango and Latin American music with Daniel Rojas, and classics alongside contemporary Australian music as a founding member of Trio Energia. As concertmaster, Anna has performed with the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, Sydney Conservatorium’s Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Apex, and on Australian Youth Orchestra programs.

Anna was a silver medal winner in the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition, multiple prize-winner in the Gisborne International Music Competition and selected as a junior semi-finalist at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. In 2017 she was selected as an active participant at the Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses, studying with Professor Boris Kuschnir. In Australia, Anna was
 nominated for the 2021 Freedman Classical Fellowship Awards, won the 2011 Kendall National Violin Competition, 2011 National Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award and 2010 National Youth Concerto Competition, and performed as a frequent finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards from the age of 14. 

Upon completion of a Bachelor's degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Anna was awarded University of Sydney Academic Merit Prizes, the Corrina Taylor Memorial Prize, and the Miss Ada Thompson Scholarship for Postgraduate Students. She studied with Professor Alice Waten, who is still an occasional mentor, and previously with Dr Robin Wilson and Sarah Hindson. Anna studied string quartets with Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl, and members of the Borodin, Takács, Artis, Maggini and Doric Quartets, and has played in solo masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov, Pinchas Zukerman, Barnabás Kelemen and Arabella Steinbacher. In 2019, Anna joined Professor Mihaela Martin's class at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in Germany, but later made the difficult decision to return to Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.