Anna Hashimoto made her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen playing Weber with the English Chamber Orchestra at Barbican Centre. She has since been invited regularly as a soloist with the orchestra, most recently at London's Cadogan Hall. She was the winner of the International Clarinet Competitions in Kortrijk, Belgium, in 2010, in Carlino, Italy, in 2009, and the Young Clarinettists Competition in Tokyo in 2003.
Anna has performed in major venues in the UK, Europe, USA, Mexico and Japan, including South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Dvorak Hall in Prague and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. She has played concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Filharmonie Hradec Kralove, Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Chamber Orchestra of the NHK Symphony. She has broadcast on NHK TV and FM, FM Tokyo, ABC Radio and BBC Radio 3, including BBC Radio3's In Tune, NHK-FM's Best of Classic and NHK TV's Classic Club in a joint recital with Michael Collins. Anna's debut solo album A Touch of France has had very favourable reviews in UK, USA and Japan.
Anna was born in Japan in 1989, and moved to London six months later. She studied at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music with Charles Hine, at the Purcell School and at the Royal Academy of Music with the world renowned soloist Michael Collins. There she was awarded a full Associated Board Scholarship and numerous prizes including the Leverhulme Scholarship, Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize, and Regency Award on graduation. She was awarded a Meaker Fellowship in 2011, and since 2012 her ensemble Atea Quintet have been Associate Artists in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where they regularly perform and coach chamber music.
As a soloist Anna has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paul Watkins, Douglas Bostock and Jan Latham-Koenig. She has performed chamber music collaborations with artists such as Michael Collins, Leon McCawley and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and string quartets such as the Solstice, Alberny, Ciurlonis, Kodaly and Prazak Quartets. As a keen orchestra player she has been a guest principal with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and played E flat clarinet with the English National Opera. Forthcoming concerts include concerto performances in Osaka, Hiroshima, Yamagata and Tokyo.
Anna plays on Peter Eaton International model clarinets and bassett clarinet.
"I was first introduced to Peter Eaton International clarinets by my mentor Michael Collins in 2005. If clarinets were animals, Peter Eaton's would be wild tigers compared to other makes being tame kittens. They have unlimited potential and grow with you as you mature. I feel very privileged to own one of the very few Peter Eaton International bassetts and was proud to bring it to Japan with me on Mozart's 250th Anniversary. It's so comfortable and natural to play, with huge resonance that can fill a large auditorium!"
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