Anita has performed extensively 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; she played the first UK performance of a major work by Dutch composer Joep Franssens and has commissioned pieces from Graham Lynch and Libby Croad. She graduated with first class honours in music at the University of Birmingham, followed by Postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music.
Concerto performances include Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Grieg Piano Concerto, Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 2, Finzi Eclogue, Beethoven Choral Fantasy, and Mozart Piano Concertos K.467, K.488 and K.491. This year, she is looking forward to playing Mendelssohn’s first piano concerto with the West Forest Sinfonia and conductor Philip Ellis.
A keen chamber musician, Anita's piano trio won national competitions which led to concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, the Purcell Room and St. John’s Smith Square. She founded “Winter Recitals, Wallingford” in 2018 out of a desire to curate and perform chamber music programmes with a variety of musicians; these annual recitals also raise money for charity and have so far donated £9,000 to St. Mary’s, Wallingford and Sue Ryder.
Anita is an experienced teacher; she was previously 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, she coaches the music scholars at Queen Anne’s School, and teaches piano at Eton College.
Anita is indebted to the Russian pianist and pedagogue Dina Parakhina, for her invaluable inspiration.
Photo: Rebecca Heald
Anita receiving the applause at a Bryn Terfel Concert, Royal Albert Hall
"...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)