Anna Callner began her journey with cello through her public school music program in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. She went on to earn a double B. A. from Bard College (NY) in cello performance and Russian Literature followed by a Masters of Music degree in cello performance fromFlorida International University (FL). As an undergrad, Anna spent time studying cello and poetry in St. Petersburg, Russia. Performances in genres ranging from classical to rock to improv music have lead Anna and her cello to venues across the United States, South America, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia. In 2015, after a decade of teaching and performing in New York City, Anna re-located to Hawai’i, living first on Hawai’i Island and then moving to O’ahu. Anna continues to perform both classical and non classical music with artists of many genres, and ensembles such as the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, Kamuela Philharmonic, Early Music Hawaii, and Maui ChamberOrchestra. Notable performances include the 2016 Miss Aloha Hula competition at the Merrie Monarch Festival, Lantern Floating Hawai’i’s Memorial Day 2017 event, and Kumu Hula Keali’i Reichel’s Kūkahi 2018. Anna is also a passionate and dedicated teacher. She runs a string orchestra program at Ka’ōhao Elementary School, teaches chamber music at Punahou School, cello lessons at ‘Iolani School, and has a thriving private cello studio. Anna is continuously humbled and inspired and by music’s powerful ability to bridge and connect time, place, and culture. She is grateful to the teachers and mentors who have guided her journey. More information can be found at www.annacallner.com.
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