I R E L A N D
Anna began her musical studies in Ireland before training at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music in London. Whilst at the College she studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky and was awarded many prizes including the college’s prestigious Mills Williams Junior Fellowship and the Tagore Gold Medal which was presented to her by Prince Charles. She also won the Raymond Fox Bursary from the UKs ‘Making Music Society’ and the Serena Neville prize from the Concordia Foundation.
She has given concerts in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Forbidden City concert Hall in Beijing and at the Banff Institute of Music in Canada. With her husband Simon Watterton she performs in the Cashell~Watterton Duo and they have performed all around the world together. Anna has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Ireland and the UK, such as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata Ireland conducted by Barry Douglas.
Chamber music is one of Anna’s passions; she has performed regularly with her brother and sister in the Cashell trio. She is also a founding member of the Schumann String Quartet and a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She has recently performed in the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and the Mozart Festival in Wurzberg, Germany.
This year she has been invited to perform at the International Musicians Seminar Open Chamber Music Sessions at Prussia Cove. Anna has enjoyed performing with musicians such as Gaby Lester, Danny Phillips, Jörg Widmann, Gabor Tackás-Nagy and Anthony Marwood.
As the 2006 winner of the Heineken Violin Competition Anna was loaned a 19th century violin made by George Chanot for four years. Anna currently plays on a Bernard Simon Fendt Violin purchased with generous support from The Arts Council and Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme 2011.