Anna Astesano

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Harp

Location: London


After completion of her Master at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Lyon, Anna Astesano finishes her studies at Trinity and Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the Postgraduate Advanced Diploma course, graduating with Distinction.

Her orchestral training includes the “Teatro alla Scala” in Milan Academy, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (coached by London Symphony Orchestra members), the “Luigi Cherubini” Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti, and the Foyle Future First Programme promoted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since her arrival in London, her incredible soloist and orchestral qualities have been recognised by some of the most important UK classical music realities.

In 2018 she is awarded the “Featured Young Performer” Award by the London Ear Festival and the "John Marson Prize 2018 for best performer". In 2019 she is awarded the First Prize in the chamber music section of the Camac North London Harp Competition.
She is a Concordia Foundation and Park Lane Group Artist.

She has been working with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (performing as well at the BBC Proms 2019), the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale (RAI) in Turin, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow, the London Southbank Sinfonia, being conducted by Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Emmanuel Krivine, Antonio Pappano, Vladimir Jurowski, David Coleman, Fabio Luisi, Dennis Russell Davies to name a few.

She has taken concerts in collaboration with important festivals and organisations, such as the Società del Quartetto in Milan, Bracco Foundation, Unione Musicale Association, Aix-en-Provence Music Festival and Tokyo Spring Music Festival.

She is particularly interested in new repertoire and innovative transcriptions for her instrument: she has regularly been performing contemporary music as soloist and in chamber music ensembles (in venues such as the Warehouse London, the Cello Factory, the Borough New Music Festival), creating and recording transcriptions (to be mentioned the Prokofiev “Dance of the Knights” and Beethoven Fantaisie op. 77).

Her first labelled recording has been created as part of the French Ensemble “Les Temps Modernes”, turning out into an unique CD with music by the Chinese composer Ye Xiaogang, distributed by Delos Records.

As a soloist, she has played some of the most prestigious repertoire: the Handel Concerto, Debussy Danses, the Glière Concerto, Ravel “Introduction and Allegro”, playing in front of UK, Italian and French orchestras and ensembles.

She has been performing in important London venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall, St Martins In-the-Field and the British Museum between the others.
Help Musicians' support will go towards my training with leading professionals in the classical harp field to improve my practice and skills, leading to enhanced future career opportunities (both soloist recitals in London and recordings). Considering restrictions, all mentoring should be virtual.