Harlow Symphony Orchestra

Anya Birchall


Anya Birchall

Anya Birchall

Anya was born in Cambridge, in 1982. When she was 5 she began to learn the violin, taught by her mother. At the age of 7 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she learnt with Faith Whiteley, Pauline Scott, and subsequently Katharine Gowers.

Anya was 13 when she made her concerto debut, playing Mozart's third violin concerto with the K239 Chamber Orchestra in Cambridge. At 16, Anya won a concerto prize at Junior Guildhall, which resulted in a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra.

During her time at Guildhall. Anya formed a duo with Rosie Richardson and they were fortunate to be coached by Peter Norris. They were selected to take part in Master classes with David Dolan (of the Paris Conservatoire) and the Vienna Piano Trio with whom they performed at the Wigmore Hall. In August 2002 they took part in the International Academie of the Moulin d'nde, again studying with David Dolan and performed the Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in the final concert. They have also performed in various London venues, including St Martins-in-the-Fields.

From 1990-1996 Anya was a member and leader of the National Children's Orchestra.

At 16 she was invited to participate in a master-course with Serguei Fatkouline, and it is with him that she now studies. Anya is a member of the Escuela Superior de Musica FAMA, Madrid, in the class of Professor Fatkouline. Anya has performed all over the world, most recently in France, Scotland, Hungary and Spain. In May 2004 she was invited to give a televised performance in the North Cyprus International Music Festival. Future engagements include a concerto with the Suffolk Sinfonia, and a recital in Romania, whilst in the United Kingdom she is scheduled to give a number of recitals in London, the Midlands and the Alster Music Festival.

Anya is currently using a bow kindly lent to her by the Benslow Music Trust.