Biography

Anna Kondrashina is one of the most communicative, exciting and inspiring performers of her generation.

Anna is a prizewinner of several prestigious competitions, such as the Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan and the Nicolet International Flute Competition in China. She has been awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in the UK.

Anna has performed as soloist with the Buchmann-Mehta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta and the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra under Hiroshi Sekiya, to name a few.

She is frequently invited to perform as principal and section flautist with numerous orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Arch Sinfonia Orchestra, London, and has worked with notable conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Trevor Pinnock, David Afkham and Daniel Oren. In 2018 Anna has been invited to join the London Philharmonic Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme and the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme the following year.

She has had the honour of performing at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly Church, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and has collaborated with renowned artists including Rachel Podger, Denis Bouriakov and Vag Papian.

Apart from her rapidly raising career as the modern flautist, Anna is very keen on historical performance. She was one of the founders of the “Musica Aurora” baroque chamber music ensemble. Together with her colleagues Elena Kaydanovsky (violin) and Dmitry Sokolov (cello) Anna has been touring around Russia and Germany. The first public appearance of the group took place in 2012, and the program “Plaisirs de Paris” received its warmest acclaim both of the audience and of the critics who appreciated high professional level of the musicians and their emotional performing. Anna has appeared in various baroque ensembles around the world, such as Pratum Integrum, La Villa Barocca, Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra and took a part in baroque music festivals, such as Utrecht Early Music Festival, MA Festival in Brugge, Belgium, ”Bach&Bacco” in Italy and the International Early Music Seminar in Israel. In the UK she has performed as part of the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas series at the Royal Academy of Music. In February 2019 Anna performed the first flute in Bach’s Matthew’s Passion, directed by Trevor Pinnock. During her time at the Royal Academy, Anna has had lessons with well-known baroque flautist Lisa Beznosiuk.

Anna Kondrashina was born in Moscow, where she received her primary education at the Gnessin Special School of Music, studying flute under Maria. Chepurina. She completed her Bachelor degree at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Olga Ivusheikova, excelling on both modern and baroque flute. She received an Artist’s Diploma from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, winning the Adler-Buchmann scholarship programme for outstanding foreign students and studying in the class of Yossi Arnheim. In 2017 Anna received the honour of a full scholarship to study the Master of Arts in Performance programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with the renowned flautist William Bennett. Her studies were generously made possible by the Future of Russia Foundation and Khodorkovsky Foundation.                                Anna plays on an Altus flute with a Mancke headjoint, thanks to the kind generosity of Jane Elizabeth Bass.