Born of Thai-Chinese ethnicity, Adrian Anantawan began the violin at nine, and has since established himself as “a rising star in classical music” (NY Times). In 2001, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music with a merit-based full scholarship, and completed his bachelor degree under the tutelage of Ida Kavafian and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. During past summers, he also studied with Pinchas Zukerman as part of the NAC Young Artists Program in Ottawa, and Itzhak Perlman at Shelter Island, NY. He also holds a Masters Degree from Yale University, studying with Peter Oundjian.
Adrian has performed extensively in Canada as a soloist with the Orchestras of Toronto, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. He has also presented feature recitals at the Aspen Music Festival, the Verbier Festival, and Carnegie Hall. His proudest moments have included performances for the late Christopher Reeve and Pope John Paul II. He has also represented Canada as a cultural ambassador the past two Summer Olympic Games, and was a feature performer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. His future includes collaboration with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter as part of a sixteen-city European tour in 2011.
Active within his community, Adrian is the director and founder of the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre. The cross-collaborative project brings researchers, musicians, doctors and educators together to develop adaptive musical instruments capable of being played by young person with disabilities within a chamber music setting. Currently in its second year, the initiative has helped transform the lives of children with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Rett Syndrome.
Adrian is currently a faculty member of the National Arts Centre Young Artists Program, teaching in its pre-college division since 2008. Along with pianist Bryan Wagorn, he created the CODA Project (Community Outreach for Developing Artists), an initiative aimed at training pre-collegiate musicians to produce interactive concerts for children in early education.
He hopes that his work at HGSE will be able to help all children to have equal access to quality arts education, and the oppourtunity to pursue excellence in music and their lives.