Musician, teacher 13 – 23 August 2020
Violinist Anna Da Silva Chen has appeared as soloist with many of Australia’s orchestras including the Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmanian, Canberra and Willoughby symphony orchestras, performing concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and more. She made her German solo debut in January 2020 with the Göttinger Symphonie Orchestra and Nicholas Milton AM, and in 2019 she toured Spain as soloist with the SCM Wind Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.
An avid chamber musician, Anna has performed with Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Q, toured with Selby & Friends, and worked with the Australia Piano Quartet as their artist-in-residence throughout 2018 and 2019. In her final concert with the APQ she performed Chausson’s concerto for violin, piano and string quartet. Over the years she has studied string quartets with Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Borodin, Takács and Doric Quartets.
Anna was a prize-winner at 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. She won the 2011 Kendall National Violin Competition, 2011 National Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award and 2010 Australian National Youth Concerto Competition. Anna was selected as an active participant at the 2017 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses, studying with Professor Boris Kuschnir. She has also played in classes for Maxim Vengerov, Barnabás Kelemen, Johannes Meissl and Pinchas Zukerman.
Born in Sydney in 1996, Anna began studying violin with Sarah Hindson, followed by several years studying with Dr Robin Wilson in the Open Academy Rising Stars program and completion of a Bachelor of Music degree studying under Prof Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Anna is currently a graduate student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, studying with Prof Mihaela Martin.