United Kingdom

Anna Violet Crawford

Anna is a second-year undergraduate scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying cello with Melissa Phelps.

Prior to this, Anna studied with Julia Desbruslais. Anna is very active in both chamber music and orchestral playing at RCM, playing with conductors including Peter Stark, Martyn Brabbins and Vasily Petrenko. She recently toured Russia and Britain with the Britten Shostakovich Festival Orchestra.

In 2018 she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing at the BBC Proms. Her highlights as a soloist include performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Bromley Youth Symphony Orchestra and Kent Concert Orchestra and the Haydn D Major Cello Concerto in Rochester Cathedral. She has performed in recitals at Egerton House, Ashford Parish Church and, most recently, at Fairfield Halls. Anna has performed in masterclasses with cellists including Gemma Rosefield, Guy Johnston and most recently with Hannah Roberts.

She won the Rotary South East Region Young Musician of the Year, followed by runner-up in the Rotary National Young Musician of the Year 2017, and was the 2018 recipient of the Peter Rogers Music Scholarship. Most recently, Anna was awarded first prize in the 2019 Royal College of Music Cello Competition and the North London Festival Premier Challenge Competition.