The internationally-recognized Chechen-born cellist and composer Tanya Anisimova will play a solo concert at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville on Sunday, November 23, at 4pm. Titled by the artist “Cello The Magician,” the program will include virtuosic and mystical cello solos from the Baroque and Romantic eras as well as the performer’s own improvisations.
Anisimova’s playing has inspired Pulitzer Prize winner David Del Tredici and the Dean of Yale School of Music Ezra Laderman to write works specifically for her. Other noted composers who have written for Tanya include Francis Thompson McKay, Judith Shatin and Gary Powell Nash.
Described by The Washington Post as an artist graced with “spiritual authority” and “easy mastery of her instrument,” Tanya Anisimova enjoys a career as a concert performer, composer, and recording artist. Her original works, described as “melodious, mystical and deeply emotional,” are being performed internationally.
Born in the Chechen capital city of Grozny into a family of scientists, Tanya’s musical talent was obvious by age six. As a child, she studied at the famed Moscow Central Music School and graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory.
Anisimova continued her studies in the United States, at Boston University and at Yale School of Music, where she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree studying with Aldo Parisot.
Anismova’s discography consists of nine albums and includes the only recording of the Complete J.S.Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas on a modern cello, in her own cello transcription (Cellestial Records, 2001). The album brought Tanya international recognition. The distinguished cellist Janos Starker called Anisimova “an Everest climber…a high-class cellist with a strong, inventive musical mind.”
Tanya’s live improvisations with her own vocal accompaniment have become the signature feature of her style and have won her many new fans. Upon listening to Tanya improvising during her concert in Mexico, music critic Macias Sanchez wrote that “Tanya played an encore that ended up being one of the most notable musical moments I remember. She improvised on her cello and vocalized with it in a very refined melody, clearly Slavic-style, with such subtle harmonies that it took us from the Earth to stellar spaces.”
The concert is at 4PM at the Barns, 95 Chalmers Court in Berryville. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and may be reserved by calling 540-955-2004.