Hungarian-American violist Anna Pelczer is currently serving as Assistant Principal Viola in the Badische Staatskapelle in Karlsruhe, Germany for the 2013-2014 Season. An experienced orchestral leader, she recently performed as Guest Principal Viola with the English National Ballet in London, as Assistant Principal Viola of the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn, Germany for the 2010-11 season, and as Guest Assistant Principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Having worked internationally as a freelance violist, she has performed often with such groups as the HR Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt and the WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne, Germany, and was formerly a regular substitute with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in the United States.
An avid chamber musician, Anna Pelczer has collaborated with many notable artists, among them Carter Brey and Krystof Penderecki, and performed at the invitation of Director Gilberto Munguia at the Festival de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Looking to bring classical music to new and varied audiences, Ms. Pelczer founded the NRW branch of Classical Revolution in 2012. A frequent collaborator for contemporary works, she recently premiered several new works by Kaija Saariaho as part of the Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshops at Carnegie Hall and currently performs in the "Nachtklänge" concert series at the Badisches Staatstheater. An active teacher, Ms. Pelczer has served as a coach at the Amateur Chamber Music Week at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, as teaching assistant at the Yale School of Music, and maintains a private studio. Currently she serves on the teaching and performing faculty of the Goppisberger Musik Festival and Academy in Grächen, Switzerland.
Anna Pelczer attended Yale University and the Yale School of Music as a student of Jesse Levine from 2001-2007, and has attended masterclasses with Zoltán Tóth, Bruno Pasquier, and Rainer Moog. A former Fellow with the New World Symphony, she has also attended the International Ensemble Modern Academy, the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, and performed as principal viola at the Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Luzern, and Tanglewood Music Festivals.
Ms. Pelczer performs on a viola made in 2011 by Ersen Aycan of Freiburg, Germany.