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Anna Markland Piano

Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 has featured prominenty during Anna Markland's distinguished career. While her lifetime ambition was achieved at the age of 18 when she performed the work at London's Royal Albert Hall, many will remember the thrilling performance she gave in the concerto final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition which she won in 1982. From this success grew a busy schedule of recital and concerto engagements throughout the British Isles which included further performances of the Rachmaninov with the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras.

Alongside her appearances as concert pianist, Anna has developed thriving careers as both teacher and singer. She is a founder member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble, I Fagiolini, who performed in this year's BBC Proms, and she recently formed her own Baroque group, The French Connection, which performed at this year's Hereford Three Choirs' Festival. She also sings with The Scholars' Baroque Ensemble and records regularly on the Naxos and Chandos labels. In her capacity as both singing and piano teacher, she made her first appearance this year at Dartington's International Summer School.

Anna is no stranger to the Berkshire area. A resident of Burnham and of Slough for some eight years, she was on the music staff of Eton College and made several solo appearances with the Windsor and Eton Operatic Society. Educated at Chetham's School of Music and attaining an ARCM with honours at the age of 17, Anna won an instrumental scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford in 1984 where she read Music. This was followed by two years' postgraduate study with Philip Fowke at the Royal Academy of Music. She now lives in nearby Buckinghamshire where she somehow manages to raise two wonderful daughters and a long- suffering husband.

Anna Markland photograph

Anna Markland plays Rachmaninov's second Piano Concerto at Wokingham Choral Society's concert in Eton School Hall on 26 November 2000.

October 2000