Cellist/Composer Tanya Anisimova
After Tanya Anisimova’s solo recital at Port Fairy Festival in Australia,
Eleonora Sivan wrote the following: “What she [Anisimova] does is on the
verge of the impossible: such a masterful combination of instinct,
uncompromising spirit, and intellect. Only few artists could accomplish
that.” Described by The Washington Post as a “gifted”, “thoughtful
and powerful,” artist “graced with spiritual authority” and “easy
mastery of her instrument” this Russian-born American award-winning
cellist, composer and improviser enjoys multifaceted career, which has
taken her across the globe.
Tanya Anisimova performances encompass standard repertoire, original
compositions and arrangements, and improvisations with her own vocalizing.
Tanya’s impassioned and highly virtuosic cello playing has inspired
composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner composer David Del Tredici and
Yale School of Music’s Dean Ezra Laderman, to write pieces for
especially for her.
Herself a composer, Ms. Anisimova has over twenty works to her credit. Her
original music was described by The Washington Post as “melodious,
mystical, and deeply emotional”, and by The Moscow Conservatory Press
– as a “life changing experience.” A saxophone arrangement of
Tanya’ Caravan was selected as the best work at the World Saxophone
Congress in the United Kingdom in 2012. Her recent work Farela has been
receiving standing ovations ever since its 2015 premiere in Connecticut.
In 2016, Tanya Anisimova and Jeff Gruber launched “Sundays Live At The
Studio” globally broadcast chamber music series. These unique
concerts/discussions are held at Blue House Productions Studio. Each
concert features the world premiere of a work by a living composer
alongside the well-known repertoire selections. Informative, exciting and
sometimes heated dialogues led by the audience members and the musicians
follow the concerts.
Dr. Anisimova graduated with honors from Moscow Conservatory, Boston
University, and Yale School of Music. She studied with Aldo Parisot,
George Neikrug, Igor Gavrysh, and Zoia Kamysheva. She has also performed
for and was highly praised by Zubin Mehta, Janos Starker, Paul Katz, and
Miklos Perenyi. Tanya has concertized with Claude Frank, Anthony di
Bonaventura, Paul Katz, Igor Gavrysh, St.Petersburg Quartet, Prokofiev
Quartet, Russian Chamber Orchestra, Symphonicity Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic
Symphony, Lerman Orchestra, among others.
Dr. Anisimova is an active educator and has presented numerous
master-classes and lectures/demonstrations on the music of J. S. Bach,
Ludwig van Beethoven at Portal de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma
México (U.N.A.M.), Conservatorio De Las Rosas in Morelia, as well as
master-classes in cello, improvisation, and chamber music at Moscow
Conservatory, Moscow Central Music School, Icelandic Academy of Fine Arts,
Hart School of Music, George Washington University, Loyola University,
Virginia Commonwealth University, Loomis Chaffee Arts Academy, Wintergreen
Festival Summer Academy, Banff Festival, and Morelia Festival.
As a performer, Pablo Casals, Glenn Gould, George Neikrug, Igor Gavrysh,
Jordi Savall, and Paco de Lucia have greatly influenced Anisimova. Other
influential figures in her life are Sri Ramakrisna, Paramahansa Yogananda,
Sri Swami Satchitananda, and Alexander Anufriev.