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 performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in Dorchester Abbey, just a few days before Lockdown 1, and unfortunately the rest of 2020 was a year of cancelled concerts.
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. There are plans for a 4th series in 2021. For further information, please click the logo below:
Teaching has always been an important part of Anita's 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.
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)