Anthea Kreston, Viola

has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations including honors at the Melbourne and Banff International Competitions, the Grand Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and Top Prize in the Munich ARD International Chamber Music Competition. The San Diego Reader said of Anthea "...Anthea is a soloist of the Heifetz- Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy." Formerly a member of the Avalon Quartet, she is one of the few people equally at home on the violin as well as the viola, and has studied with Ida Kavafian and Felix Galimir. Anthea holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Cleveland State University, a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, and a Masters from the Hartt School of Music, where she is now Professor of Violin. She has performed in the States and Central Asia as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. Anthea is actively involved with alternative music; she played in the Cleveland based rock band “Daria” for several years, and frequently performs with her violin and percussion duo, “Times Arrow”. Anthea can be heard on the labels New Tangent, Channel Classics, Koch, Traditional Crossroads, and Cedille Records.