Anita D'Attellis

Pianist

"... magical precision - .... mesmerising - and always elegantly controlled.  Perfect." 

Review by Luch Caise-Dearg – presenter of Classical Journey, Phonic FM

"...beautifully crafted Debussy demonstrated D’Attellis’ command of technique and subtlety of interpretation, ...as smooth as silk."

Review by Trevor Howell - Henley Standard

"Her technique is impeccable, her musicianship both instinctive and intelligent, and she has the enviable knack of knowing what the conductor wants almost before he does!"

Christopher Walker  conductor

Anita enjoys a varied career performing as a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist, with recitals at the Brighton and Cheltenham International Festivals, Snape Maltings, the Royal Festival Hall and the Symphony Hall, Birmingham.  Her repertoire spans across classical, romantic and twentieth-century periods, and she is particularly keen on contemporary music, giving the first UK performance of a major piano work by award-winning Dutch composer Joep Franssens; this year she will be giving the first performances of an exciting new commission by Graham Lynch.  

 

Concerto performances include Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 2, Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Mozart Piano Concertos K.467, K.488 and K.491, Constant Lambert The Rio Grande and Mendelssohn Piano Concerto no. 1.  Most recently, she performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the West Forest Sinfonia, under conductor Philip Ellis.

 

A keen Chamber musician, Anita's piano trio has won national competitions, performing at the Royal Albert Hall, the Purcell Room and St. John’s Smith Square.  Early in 2018 she founded and curated a new chamber music series, ‘Winter Recitals’ in Oxfordshire, playing to sell-out audiences; following its success, the series continues this year.  For further information, please click the logo below:

  

Winter Recitals, Wallingford

Anita graduated with first class honours in music at the University of Birmingham, winning the Arnold Goldsborough Prize for her final recital.  She was awarded the Barber Scholarship and G. D. Cunningham award to aid her Postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, where her principal teachers were Geoffrey Pratley, specialising in accompaniment, and Vanessa Latarche.  

 

Teaching has always been an integral part of her career; she was Head of Music at Trevor-Roberts School in Hampstead, and later became Head of Keyboard at Sherborne Girls, Dorset.  Now based in Henley on Thames, Anita is a piano teacher and accompanist at Eton College.

Anita is indebted to the Russian pianist and pedagogue Dina Parakhina, for her invaluable inspiration.

"...the star of the evening was the superb performance given by pianist Anita D’Attellis.

Her playing of the solo Preludio deserved an ovation itself and she accompanied throughout with sensitivity and sympathy."

Review by Julie De-Ath Lancaster – Somerset County Gazette

(Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle at the Queen's Hall, Taunton)

Anita receiving the applause at a Bryn Terfel Concert, Royal Albert Hall    

Photo: Rebecca Heald

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