Anna Da Silva Chen on stage at the 2013 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni, violinist Anna Da Silva Chen is set to open the 2016 season of The NSW Youth Orchestra, with her renditions of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s final masterpiece, Symphony No. 6, 'Pathétique'.
At only 19 years of age, Anna has already fashioned an impressive list of credits to her name. The winner of the 2013 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship and the 2010 Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence has since gone on to further hone her skills at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, completing a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and winning a place on the honour roll in light of her impressive results.
However, her accomplishments extend far beyond that of her studies, having had the opportunity to perform as an orchestral soloist and chamber musician at many notable venues. Outstandingly, Anna has performed as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, and with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy at City Recital Hall, Angel Place. She has also had the privilege of performing for Professors Maxim Vengerov and Ana Chumachenco, during her attendance at the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses in Germany, receiving a great deal of encouragement and feedback off both.
Since she first took the festival stage in 2007, Sydney Eisteddfod is honoured to have had the opportunity to watched Anna grow and succeed as a musician and wishes her the best of luck with her upcoming performance.