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Anna Cashell

Anna began her musical studies in Ireland before training at the Yehudi Menuhin

School and the Royal College of Music in London. Whilst at the College she studied

with Itzhak Rashkovsky and was awarded many prizes including the college’s

prestigious Mills Williams Junior Fellowship and the Tagore Gold Medal which was

presented to her by Prince Charles. She also won the Raymond Fox Bursary from

the UKs ‘Making Music Society’ and the Serena Neville prize from the Concordia

She has given concerts in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Forbidden City

concert Hall in Beijing and at the Banff Institute of Music in Canada. With her sister

Sophie she performs in the Cashell Duo and they are currently represented by Music

Network Ireland. Anna has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Ireland

and the UK, such as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata

Ireland conducted by Barry Douglas.
Chamber music is one of Anna’s passions; she performs regularly with her husband

Simon Watterton in the Cashell-Watterton duo. She is also a founding member of

the Schumann String Quartet and a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

This year she has been invited to perform at the International Musicians Seminar

Open Chamber Music Sessions at Prussia Cove and to perform in America with the

Crash Ensemble.
As the 2006 winner of the Heineken Violin Competition Anna was loaned a 19th

century violin made by George Chanot for four years. Anna is very grateful for the

generous support given to her from the Arts Council and Music Network through the

Music Capital Scheme 2011 which enabled her to purchase her violin made by

Bernard Simon Fendt.


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