Russian flautist Anna Kondrashina has been hailed as one of the most communicative, exciting and inspiring performers of her generation. A prizewinner of the prestigious Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan and the Nicolet International Flute Competition in China, she has recently been awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal.
Anna’s international career includes solo performances with the Buchmann-Mehta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta and the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra and performances with numerus esteemed ensembles, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, London’s Arch Sinfonia Orchestra and Persimfans Orchestra in Russia. In 2018, Anna was selected to join the London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme. The following year she was awarded a place on the Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme, followed by a position of Associate Flute in the Philharmonia Orchestra for 2021/23 season.
Anna regularly appears at the most prestigious venues around the world, including the Wigmore Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, St Martins in the Field, St John’s Smith Square, the Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls, London, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and she has collaborated with renowned artists including Trevor Pinnock, Rachel Podger, Denis Bouriakov and Vag Papian. A sensitive chamber music partner, Anna is frequently invited to join UK based Ensemble 360 and Moriarty Winds.
Apart from her exciting career as a modern flautist, Anna is a very passionate about historical performance. She was one of the founding members of the “Musica Aurora” baroque ensemble that has toured extensively in Russia and Germany. Their first public appearance took place in 2012 with the programme “Plaisirs de Paris” and was received with great acclaim by both the audiences and critics who appreciated the extraordinary high professional level of the musicians and the sensitivity and deep emotionality of their performance. Anna has appeared with various baroque ensembles around the world, such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, Pratum Integrum, Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, regularly appears at notable baroque music festivals, such as Utrecht Early Music Festival, MA Festival in Brugge, Belgium, the Vache Baroque Festival in the UK and has taken a part in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas series at the Royal Academy of Music. During her time at the Royal Academy, Anna has had lessons with the renowned baroque flautist Lisa Beznosiuk.
Born in Moscow, Anna began her primary education at the prestigious Gnessin School of Music, which she followed with a Bachelors degree from the world famous Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory under the tutelage of Olga Ivusheikova, excelling on both modern and baroque flutes. Anna has received an Artist’s Diploma from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, winning the Adler-Buchmann Scholarship Award for outstanding foreign student, later receiving the honour of a full scholarship to study the Master of Arts in Performance programme at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with the renowned flautist William Bennett.
Anna now lives in London, UK. Becoming an Altus Flutes artist in 2020, she plays on gold-plated 1207 model Altus flute.
Photo: Craig White
Have been educated in various institutions around the world, Anna with great enthusiasm shares her experiences with younger generations. She regularly teaches at London Russian Music Academy, gives masterclasses in such countries as Germany, Singapore and Russia. In 2018 Anna has been assistant teacher at William Bennett International Flute Summer School and since 2021 – head of the wind instruments at Philomel Music Academy. Anna is involved in Philharmonia Orchestra and Worshipful Company of Musicians’ outreach work around the UK, leading workshops in various schools, including SEND schools.