Ana-Maria Vera, Biography

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Ana-Maria Vera, whose playing has been described as ‘pure aural silk’, and most recently by the London Times as ‘fierce and fearless, thrillingly mobile and sentient’ has been performing around the world since childhood. An American pianist of Dutch-Bolivian origin, Vera began her musical studies at the age of three and made her professional debut when she was eight. Her first recording, of Mozart and Haydn Concertos with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Edo De Waart, was awarded a Gold Record by Philips. At age nine she made her televised debut with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, and at age twelve she was invited to give a recital at the White House for President and Mrs. Carter. At age sixteen she was honoured by the Bolivian state with a commemorative postage stamp.

A former pupil of Ylda Novik and Leon Fleisher, Vera has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony and Baltimore Symphony amongst others, with conductors including Riccardo Muti, David Zinman, Eliahu Inbal, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Sergiu Commissiona and James Conlon. She has given countless solo recitals in cultural landmarks such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Herkulessaal in Münich, the Salle Gaveau in Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall. She has also devoted much of her time to chamber music and developed close duo partnerships with Ivry Gitlis, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis.

Vera is the founder and director of Bolivia Clásica, a charitable organization with headquarters in London and La Paz which promotes cultural exchanges between Bolivia and the rest of the world. It includes an international music festival which brings world-class musicians to Bolivia, and a music academy dedicated to aspiring young musicians from across the country.

Her most recent solo recording, of the “Goyescas” piano suite by Granados, was released by Signum Classics. Ana-Maria now lives in London with her husband and daughter.