A native of London, Ontario, Anna started studying violin at the age of 10. She took up viola in her teens at the suggestion of her teacher, Sandra Stark, and immediately developed a fondness for the instrument. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, at the same time studying privately with Ralph Aldrich. Ultimately, she decided to pursue music as a career.
Anna performs regularly as an orchestral and chamber musician with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Orchestra London Canada, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and has been Principal Viola in the Glenn Gould Professional School Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Scarborough Philharmonic. Her teachers have included Robert Koff (founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet), Ralph Aldrich, Rennie Regehr and Steven Dann. Anna also performed in the Queen of Puddings' Opera Company's production of Beatrice Chancy in Edmonton, Alberta in 2001.
CBC broadcasts include the Leclair Duo for Two Violas with Ralph Aldrich, as well as numerous chamber and orchestral performances throughout Eastern and Central Canada. Anna has also performed and recorded with pop artists such as Jann Arden, Anne Murray, Kenny McLean, Sarah Brightman, Soul Decision, Lara Fabian and Michael Bolton. She performed at the 2000 Juno Awards at Copps Coliseum, and has played on recordings for various film and television soundtracks.
Anna's latest recording was Tom Cochrane's "Pictures from the Edge" from his new album Trapeze on the EMI label.
This summer, Anna performed in the Shaw Festival's production of Merrily We Roll Along.
Anna is passionate about travelling and about introducing Classical Music to new audiences wherever they can be reached.
Her teaching experience includes private instruction in Etobicoke as well as National and Inter-Provincial Music Camps in Ontario.
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