Anna Ovsyanikova is a classical 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 established a reputation as a soloist, having won several concerto competitions in the UK and performing concertos with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the City, Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic in Romania amongst many others.
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.
Dedicated orchestral leader, she has led orchestras conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelson and Martyn Brabbins amongst others. Anna was the leader of all Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy Symphony orchestras as well as CBSO Youth, Cheltenham Festival Orchestra, YMSO and Bombay Chamber Orchestra (LPO Future Firsts trip to India). She has also co-led orchestras under Semyon Bychkov, Leif Segerstam and accompanied instrumental soloists including Mitsuko Uchida, Martha Argerich and Natalia Gutman.
Anna appears as a freelance player with different orchestras including the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London Contemporary Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and many others. As a member of London Contemporary Orchestra she recorded tracks and performed with artists including Beck, Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, Goldfrapp, Donovan, Jimmy Page and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. At the Royal Opera House Anna had a privilege to work with such opera singers as Jonas Kaufmann, Elina Garanča, Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebko, Ludovic Tézier amongst others.
Anna has worked with several pianists including 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 Ovsyanikova came across composer Mathieu Crickboom (1871–1947) while researching the dedicatees of Ysaÿe’s 6 violin solo sonatas. Having been in contact with libraries in Belgium and Netherlands, she has found rare and out of print scores by Mathieu Crickboom.
None of Crickboom’s music was ever recorded – there were several public performances of his works during his time however not many artists include his compositions in their recitals currently. Anna started her PhD at the Royal College of Music on the legacy of Mathieu Crickboom in 2017. She is currently working on an online catalogue of all his compositions.
Anna records regularly with a range of orchestras and ensembles.
Anna has featured on a number of film soundtracks including “Assassin’s Creed”, “Alien:Covenant”, “Overlord”, “What They Had” and “Dream Horse”. As part of London Contemporary Orchestra, Anna was on Apple’s 30th anniversary video directed and shot by Jake and Ridley Scott. With LCO she has also appeared on Thom Yorke’s album “Anima” and Frank Ocean’s “Blond”.
During the lockdown in 2020 Anna has released her debut album “Les Saisons Françaises” with Julia Sinani on Stone Records, on which they perform the French repertoire of sonatas and pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Boulanger and Poulenc.
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.She has previously taught at Junior Guildhall’s String Training Programme.