Growing up surrounded by classical music, Anneka started learning the violin at the age of 6 and joined the North Somerset Children’s Orchestra aged 7. She has since continually played in orchestras her whole life and has developed a deep love for symphonic works.
She studied violin under Richard Crabtree at Clifton College and led the School’s symphony and string orchestras and string quartet to National Competition level. After school she got her degree in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Bristol, then a foundation diploma in Psychotherapy, keeping music as a keen hobby. During a year travelling through Africa in 2013 she missed her violin so much that on her return, she devoted herself to music.
Now based in Bristol as a freelance musician, Anneka manages and leads the Brunel Quartet and recently set up the Insight Ensemble a vibrant string orchestra aiming to bring classical music to a new audience in an informal and accessible style. Their debut performance last May at Circomedia sold out and created a furore of excitement over Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet.
Regularly performing with her string quartet and solo for events around Bristol, Anneka also teaches the violin privately and at the University of the West of England. She enjoys playing for theatre shows, Bristol Opera, Bristol Concert Orchestra, Bristol Classical Players and has recorded for commercial ventures and with bands such as Future Dub Orchestra and The Transpersonals.
When not engaged in music, Anneka can be found doing yoga, raising awareness for land and wildlife conservation or assisting in costumes and make-up for various performance and events companies. She lives near Stokes Croft with her pet snake, Mr Biggles.