Ana de la Vega - flute
Australian flutist Ana de la Vega has recently leapt onto the international classical music scene, attracting unbridled attention for her 'crystal-clear' and 'velvety tone' (NDR Kultur), 'superior, masterful technique' (Fono Forum), 'feathery-light playing' (Der Spiegel), and 'unobtrusive virtuosity' (Pizzicato).
Her debut recording of Mozart and Mysliveček flute concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra won Classic FM’s ‘Best Albums of 2018’ No.3, reached No.1 on Amazon’s Classical Best Seller chats, and won CD of the week seven times over. Now her second album of Haydn and Stamitz concertos with oboist Ramón Ortega Quero and the Trondheim Soloists, makes a similar splash with international press unanimously marvelling at their ‘Perfect Harmony’ (NDR) and ‘grace and elegance’ (WELT): ‘the harmony between the two soloists… is almost dizzying’ (RBB).
ARTE TV has now filmed a documentary called ‘Ana de la Vega und die Flöte’ to be released in May 2020.
Born to Argentinian and British parents, Ana grew up on a farm in New South Wales, Australia, as the third of four sisters. She studied flute at the University of Sydney before continuing her studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris under the tutelage of Raymond Guiot and Catherine Cantin, drawing inspiration from the famed French school of flute playing.
Ana says about her serendipitous discovery of the flute: 'When I decided to be a flautist I had never seen a flute. I was seven years old playing in the garden on our farm when Jean-Pierre Rampal’s recording of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto came through my parents’ speakers. The second movement of that concerto rendered me speechless. Every decision from that moment on led me to the flute, to Paris… to Mozart... A long way from the flies and the dust!'
Recent and forthcoming performance highlights include concerto performances with the Lucerne Festival Strings, Deutsche Kammerorchester Berlin, English Chamber Orchestra, Prague Royal Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Bochum Symphoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle Solisten, Zagreb Soloists, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and Trondheim Soloists. In the last 12 months she has made debut appearances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wigmore hall & Cadogan Hall London, Essen Philharmonie and Munich Philharmonie Gasteig.
Ana’s has a new series on IDAGIO Live called “Flute Reboot” where she walks her listeners through the rich history of the flute and other classic music fables. She is also the ambassador worldwide for Altus hand-crafted Japanese flutes.
Photos © Neda Navaee