Anna Lowenstein

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Violin

Location: London

Anna has been playing the violin since the age of five, training initially in Classical music and graduating with a BA in Music from Manchester University in 2015. Just before starting her degree at Manchester, she began learning Klezmer music, the traditional music of Eastern European Jewish culture.
Anna has travelled internationally to learn with some of the leading performers and teachers of Klezmer music. She recently founded, Loshn, a Klezmer trio exploring old repertoire and field recordings from early 20th century Eastern Europe. Her dedication to Yiddish Historically Informed Performance practise has made her a sought after performer and composer within the style. She was invited to join the 3-piece, onstage band at The Menier Chocolate Factory to perform in the European debut of Paula Vogel’s new play, Indecent.
Anna’s sensitive and responsive approach to music making has lead her to work extensively with storytellers. She is collaborates regularly with community storytelling project Take Stock Exchange as well as being a guest musician for The Embers Collective. Anna’s love for combining storytelling and music inspired her to begin writing her first solo album, for which she is being supported by a grant from Jewish Arts organisation Asylum Arts.
As an experienced educator, Anna works across London as a teacher and Special Educational Needs music practitioner. Through the use of Kodaly techniques, she has developed a holistic and inclusive approach to music education with general musicianship and aural skills at its core. Anna has collaborated with Drake Music and the LSO to deliver bespoke music lessons to groups and individuals with Special Educational Needs for Newham Music Service.
The Transmission Fund is going to help me attend a course in Canada that I have wanted to go to for many years but have not been able to access financially.
KlezKanada is one of the biggest institutions for Yiddish culture and is a meeting place for the international community of practioners to come together to learn, develop, network and celebrate the rich tapestry of Yiddish folk arts and culture.
KlezKanada has a multi-disciplinary faculty and a huge variety of workshops on offer. I'm particularily excited to develop my interpretation of the tradition by learning more about interrelated art forms such as dance and yiddish song.