A native of the beautiful state of Maine, violinist Anna Washburn holds a M.M. in performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as a B.M. in performance from Boston University. Her principle violin teachers include Bettina Mussumeli, Peter Zazofsky and Robert Beacham and she has performed solo recitals in Maine, Massachusetts, California and Montana.
As a Baroque violinist Anna has performed with The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra alongside soloists Robert Levin and Steven Isserlis, and has been broadcast over the BBC. She has also appeared with the Jubilate Orchestra of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus. As a modern violinist, she has performed with the Monterey Symphony, Cape Symphony, Atlantic Symphony and the New Bedford Symphony, and has attended the National Orchestra Institute at the University of Maryland, the Beethoven Institute at the Mannes School, and the Festival Geminiani in Follonica, Italy.
Alternatively, Anna is also a member of the Magik*Magik Orchestra and has performed with Sting, Chicago, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of the Fifth Dimension, Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, John Vanderslice, Third Eye Blind, The Dodos, Dustin O’Halloran, Tin Hat and Two Foot Yard. She can be heard on German pianist Hauschka’s album Foreign Landscapes and Belgian composer Christina Vantzou’s album No.1. She has also appeared at Davies Symphony Hall with the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco as well as at venues throughout California fiddling with the Irish band Celtic Sands.
Ms. Washburn is a very dedicated teacher and currently holds faculty positions at the San Francisco Friends School, the West Portal Lutheran School and Golden Gate Philharmonic as well as at Cazadero Music Camp. As a music educator, she has also attended the Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University as well as the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Pedagogy at Julliard.