Praised for her “verve and virtuosity,” Anna Odell is considered a rising star in the classical music community. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the University of Toronto in 2012, she moved on to pursue a Professional Artist Diploma at the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anna has also studied at the prestigious Conservatoire de Nice in France, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Saratoga Harp Colony.
Anna is a powerful orchestral player with extensive experience. She has held the position of Principal Harp in the Siena Opera Orchestra (Italy), as well as the National Orchestral Institute, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Philharmonic, and the New Music Festival in Toronto. In 2014, Anna was runner-up in the international harp auditions held by the Brazil Symphony Orchestra.
Enthusiastic about pioneering new music on the harp, Anna has been featured in the World Premieres of several contemporary works, including Child of Earth with the Capitol Hill Chorale in Washington, D.C., as well as The Hera Suite and Classical Native: North American Indian Cello Project with the Montgomery Orchestra in Rockville, MD. She has also collaborated with The Philadelphia Singers, the contemporary group eighth blackbird, and the bluegrass DePue Brothers Band. In 2014, Anna founded the project Curtis on Call, a partnership between the Curtis Institute of Music and Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. The project brings trained Curtis musicians into the hospital to play soothing, introspective music for the benefit of patients, doctors, and families alike.
Anna is also an accomplished soloist acclaimed for her musicality and sensitive playing. In 2013, Anna received the top prize in the Harp Division of the ASTA National Solo Competition. She performs regularly on the Curtis Institute of Music Student Recital Series and has also been featured as a soloist in numerous concerti, including an appearance in 2014 with the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, Anna received the Woodstock Instrumental Award after studying opera in Florence, Italy at the Bel Canto Institute. Her teachers include Elizabeth Hainen of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Judy Loman of the Toronto Symphony, Elizabeth Blakeslee of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche of the Orchestre Philarmonique de Nice.
Anna gave a spectacular performance at The Highland Center May 20th. Her concert set included a wide array of musical genres, from classical to jazz to contemporary. Anna’s flawless technique and expressive playing made this concert a truly inspiring musical event.