Anna Garde

Award: Ian Fleming Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Royal College of Music


Born in 1999 in a musician family, Anna quickly showed interest for classical music and began playing the cello at the age of three.
She studied in France in the Conservatory of Paris, in the class of Helene Dautry.

She carried on her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the junior department with Penny Driver, before being awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She studied in the class of Louise Hopkins and is currently in the class of Rebecca Gilliver.
Since 2019, Anna is a member of the renowned LGT Young Soloist ensemble with which she tours around the world and plays both as soloist and member of the orchestra.

During her studies, she has had the privilege to participate in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Kyril Zlotnikov, Adrian Brendel, Xenia Jankovic, Natalie Clein, and principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Martin Löhr.

Keen of chamber music, Anna participated in several festivals around Europe, including the Cello Akademie Rutesheim, Verao Classico, and had masterclasses with distinguished musicians such as Konstantin Lifschitz, Yejin Gil, Jan Bjøranger, Nicholas Daniel, The Endellion Quartet, The Danish String Quartet, and The Chilingirian Quartet.

Anna is a holder of the 2020 Ian Fleming Award and 2019 Raphael Sommer Music Scholarship, which help fund her future musical studies in the UK.

She is grateful for the support of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Talent Unlimited and Help Musicians UK.
Beside playing the cello, Anna was an international competition gymnast until 2017. She won four times the title of French National Champion, and participated in international competitions in Slovakia, Portugal and England. She had the privilege to be a team member of the top 12 best team in France from 2012 to 2017. Anna won numerous prizes and distinctions, including a special prize from the president of the region for amazing achievement.
Help Musicians' support has helped me making my project to study a Master in Performance at the Royal College of Music possible. Next September, I will be studying in the class of Melissa Phelps, which will lift me up in terms of development as a cellist. During my bachelor studies, I have been saving money to be able to pay the tuition fees for a future master course. Since I got accepted at the Royal College in the class of my chosen professor, I knew it was not going to be possible to go there without an extra help, and this award is essential for me to be able to live in London for another year. I am very grateful for the support that Help Musicians gives me.