Violist Anne R. received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music from the University of Colorado, and is currently enrolled in a Feldenkrais training program. Her viola teachers included Peter Slowik, Karen Ritscher, and Jon Kendall and she was awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of Colorado with Erika Eckert, and Geraldine Walther, of the Takacs Quartet.
Subsequently Ms. R joined the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. In 2009 she moved to Europe, living and working as a freelance musician and teacher in Berlin, Corsica, and Vienna. While living in Corsica, she immersed herself in Corsican culture and folk music, playing many concerts with local musicians, deepening her love of folk music and improvisation. She also founded a music festival, Trio Ristorcelli, a series of concerts of both classical and Corsican music. She has also performed and improvised with Senegalese musicians in Dakar.
During this time, Ms. R. started playing with the Norwegian Vefsn Ensemble, touring throughout Norway and Sweden, and teaching at the Toppen International Music Course in Mosjoen, Norway. Every summer she travels to Italy to play at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca.
Ms. R. currently lives between Vienna, Austria, and her hometown in Nevada, and she continues performing, teaching violin and viola, and immersing herself in the Feldenkrais method.
As a teacher, I strive to give my students the knowledge and confidence to eventually continue on their own path of learning. I had the opportunity to study with such great pedagogues as John Kendall and Peter Slowik, and their teaching has influenced me greatly. John Kendall, the man who brought Shinichi Suzuki to the US, taught through teaching his pupils how to practice. I continue to use his ideas on a regular basis. I also frequently use the exercises and problem-solvers that I learned from Peter Slowik.
In 2014 I injured my shoulder and was not able to play for an extended period of time. This seemingly disastrous event turned out to be life-changing in an extremely positive way. It opened my eyes to the problems of tension in playing, and the fact that so many string players suffer from unnecessary playing-related injuries. I used my time away from the viola to study anatomy and observe lessons on the basics of playing. This whole experience made me realize just how much I could help students to develop an awareness of playing that could keep them pain and injury free. Wishing to deepen my knowledge in this area, I enrolled in a Feldenkrais training program . I am very excited to apply my new knowledge and skills into my teaching.
I worked closely with Professor Erika Eckert to prepare and lead scale classes, orchestral viola section sessions, and private lessons for undergraduate and graduate level viola students.