Anna Harpham


Violinist & Violist


Having gained a BMus degree with First Class Honours, Anna continued her studies at the Royal College of Music, gaining an MMus degree with Distinction in July 2008. Whilst at the RCM, Anna studied with Maciej Rakowski and was supported by an RCM scholarship, Gandar Dower Award, an Ian Fleming Award administered by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, the Countess of Munster Trust and the AHRC. She was previously a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarsky.


Anna has performed extensively as both soloist and chamber musician, making her solo debut in the Purcell Room in November 2000. In July 2006, she performed as soloist in the Oistrakh Festival in Estonia and in 2009 appeared as concerto soloist with an ensemble directed by the Medici Quartet.  Anna has taken part in masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich, Igor Oistrakh, Zvi Zeitlin, Tasmin Little, Martin Lovett and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. 


Anna was the leader of the Cavaleri Quartet until the birth of her daughter in 2013 and their performance highlights include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Rachmninov Hall, Moscow, and a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC Proms 'Composer Portraits Series.'  In 2011, the Quartet were winners of the Ensemble prize in the Royal Overseas League competition and the 'Special Prize' in the Premio Paulo Borciani International Quartet Competition and in September 2012 were first prize winners and recipients of the 'Brahms' and 'Mendelssohn' prizes in the Hamburg International Quartet Competition.  The Cavaleris were appointed as Junior Fellows at the Royal College of Music for 2010/11 and awarded a scholarship to study with Gunter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Camera, Madrid. In 2012 they were appointed as quartet in residence at Oxford University and selected for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, the Kirckman Concerts Society and the Musicians Benevolent Fund Ensembles Awards.


Anna enjoys a busy freelance career, working regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Chamber Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra. She was an assistant violin teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School from 2007-12 and has been a teacher for the Royal College of Music Junior Department since 2010.