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, the Royal Albert Hall and the Symphony Hall, Birmingham. She is particularly keen on twentieth century and contemporary music, most recently commissioning and performing works by 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.
A keen chamber musician, Anita founded “Winter Recitals, Wallingford” (WRW) in 2018 out of a desire to curate innovative programmes and perform chamber music with a variety of musicians. As well as giving professional concerts, WRW offers a platform for talented young musicians and raises money for charity (over £16,000 to date).
As concerto soloist, last year Anita performed Mendelssohn Piano Concerto no. 1 and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto no. 2; previous performances with orchestra include Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the Grieg Concerto, Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 2, Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Constant Lambert ‘The Rio Grande’ and Mozart Piano Concertos K.467, K.488 and K.491.
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. She is the school accompanist at Queen Anne’s, Caversham, 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)