Anna Ovsyanikova is a concert violinist regularly performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.
As a recitalist and chamber musicians she has performed in venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room, Embassy of Russia in the UK, Birmingham Symphony and Birmingham Town Hall.
Anna has led orchestras conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelson and Martyn Brabbins amongst others. She has co-led under Semyon Bychkov, Leif Segerstam and accompanied soloists including Mitsuko Uchida, Julian Lloyd-Webber and Natalia Gutman.
As a member of London Contemporary Orchestra she recorded tracks and performed with artists including Beck, Frank Ocean, Goldfrapp, Donovan, Jimmy Page and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead.
Originally from Russia, at the age of 16 Anna Ovsyanikova made her international debut in Germany and went on to study in the UK, completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music for Masters where she graduated from the Masters programme with distinction and DipRAM – the highest possible award. She is also an alumna of Birmingham Conservatoire and Rimsky-Korsakov Pre Conservatory of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Anna has established a reputation as a soloist, having won several concerto competitions and performing concertos with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the City, Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic in Romania amongst many others. Dedicated orchestral leader, she has led all Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy Symphony orchestras as well as CBSO Youth, Cheltenham Festival Orchestra, YMSO and Bombay Chamber Orchestra (India). She has had a year with LPO as their Foyle Future Firsts violinist. She appears as a freelance player with different London orchestras including the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. As well as her playing career, Anna enjoys teaching at Junior Guildhall, and plays on a Gobetti violin.
Anna has worked with several gifted pianists including Sally Wigan, Chris Hotson, Julia Sinani, Evelyne Berezovky, Chryssa Kasma and Sunwook Kim.
She regularly performs as part of various violin and piano duos, and with them has toured the UK, France, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Corsica, Spain, Portugal, USA, Canada and the Caribbean Islands.
Anna also performs with a guitarist Tiago Gomes with whom she is recording a CD of Brazilian music.
Violinist Anna Ovsyanikova and pianist Chris Hotson came across composer Mathieu Crickboom (1871–1947) while doing the research on dedicatees of Ysaye’s 6 violin solo sonatas. Following a thorough research of libraries in Belgium and Netherlands, they have found rare and out of print scores by Mathieu Crickboom.
None of Crickboom’s music was ever recorded before – there were several public performances of his works during his time however not many artists include his compositions in their recitals currently. Anna and Chris have studied and performed all the pieces by Crickboom available and they currently prepare to record a CD of his music.
Anna records regularly with a range of orchestras and ensembles.
As well as having made several recordings of chamber music, Anna has featured on a number of film soundtracks including “Assassin’s Creed”, “Joud”, “Marry Me” and “Deserter”. As part of London Contemporary Orchestra, Anna was on Apple’s 30th anniversary video directed and shot by Jake and Ridley Scott.
An experienced session musician, she is available for all recording projects.
Anna has over 12 years of teaching experience both in Russia and in the UK. Having seen the different sides of both systems Anna has found her own way in passing on the great traditions of the Russian school of playing without the pressure and other negative aspects she experienced herself.
A passionate teacher, she thoroughly researched the exam boards in the UK and expertly supports her students through the exams and collaborates with other instrumental teachers to create performing opportunities for children.
A believer in an individual approach to each single student, she has mixed and adapted different methods on the violin and transferred students onto viola if they wished to. She has taught on the London Music Masters Bridge project as well as state and private schools in London. In 2014 she has been appointed a Violin/Viola teacher at the Junior Guildhall’s String Training Programme which she enjoys immensely.
Most recently two of her most advanced students both got distinctions in their Grade 8 exams.