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 Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the West Forest Sinfonia and their conductor Philip Ellis, Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 2, Mendelssohn Piano Concerto no.1, Finzi Eclogue, Beethoven Choral Fantasy, and Mozart Piano Concertos K.467, K.488 and K.491.  In March this year she is looking forward to performing the Grieg Concerto in Dorchester Abbey.

 

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.  In 2018 she founded “Winter Recitals”, a chamber music series in South Oxfordshire. The first series was such a great success, it has since become an annual event; she has performed innovative programmes with a variety of musicians, while raising money for charity.  For further information, please click the logo below:

  

Winter Recitals, 2020, Wallingford, Anita D'Attellis, piano
2020

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 important 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 works as an accompanist and coach 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.

"...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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