Annabelle Traves, Award Winning Violinist
Annabelle Traves is studying a Bachelor of Music Performance with Professor Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She began learning the violin with Emin Tagiev and from age ten with Michele Walsh, Head of Strings at the Queensland Conservatorium. At fourteen Annabelle was awarded a scholarship to attend the Rising Stars Program at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Annabelle is a scholarship recipient at The University of Sydney and at The Women’s College within The University of Sydney.
Annabelle toured as soloist with the Tagiev Chamber Orchestra at the age of ten and performed with them in the Sydney Opera House, Estonia, Shanghai, Seville and at Carnegie Hall, New York.
She has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, for which she was the youngest member first chosen at the age of twelve.
In her senior year at St Margaret’s Anglican Girl’s School Annabelle toured Europe as soloist and concertmaster of the St Margaret’s Chamber Strings performing in London and Paris. While on tour she competed in the Llangollen International Music Festival in Wales, a competition which attracts over 4000 international competitors, and was awarded first place. She has also been awarded the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Prize for Most Outstanding Baroque Performance judged by its Artistic Director, Mr Paul Dyer AO.
In 2016 Annabelle was invited by Musica Viva Australia to perform under the renowned tuition of Maxim Vengerov at a public masterclass held in Sydney during his Australian tour. This year she was selected to attend the Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School held at the Conservatorio E.F Dall’Abaco in Verona, Italy where she performed and studied under Professor’s Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl, Wayne Foster-Smith and Niklas Schmidt.
Later this month she will compete in the Gisborne International Violin Competition in New Zealand.
Annabelle has been privileged to play for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Queensland Law Society, the Vice Chancellor’s Dinner and the Katrina Dawson Foundation Dinner at the University of Sydney, and at the invitation of the President of the Queensland Club. Annabelle has also enjoyed performing on television, as a semi-finalist for Australia’s Got Talent, The Voice, X Factor, and on tour accompanying Delta Goodrem and Bruce Springsteen.
Annabelle plays on a Gagliano violin made in 1784.