Spanish violist Ana Dunne Sequi (Madrid, 1997) has recently graduated at the Royal College of Music as the Philip Carne Trust Junior Fellow 2021-2022, for an Artist Diploma in the class of Nathan Braude for modern viola, and Pablo de Pedro’s class of historical viola.
She has received awards in chamber competitions and has benefited from masterclasses with Maxim Rysanov, Tabea Zimmermann, Lars Anders Tomter, Lawrence Power, Garth Knox, Antonello Farulli, Jerzy Kosmala and Michael Kugel.
As an orchestral player, she holds the Academy position of the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble (2021-2023). She is deputy viola of the London Symphony Orchestra and of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has worked with renowned conductors the likes of Bernard Haitink, Sir Antonio Pappano, Thomas Hengelbrock, Antonello Manacorda and Pablo Heras Casado. She was also a recipient of the English National Opera 2018-2019 scheme (ENO Evolve) and the BBC Orchestra “Path” Scheme for the 2020-2021 academic year. Ana has joined the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) as a member in 2021.
As a soloist, she has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside the RCM String Band.
In 2020 she performed Mark Anthony Turnage’s “On Opened Ground” Viola concerto with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, having the chance to work with the composer in rehearsals.
Ana is a keen chamber musician, she is a founder member of the award winning Artha String Quartet with whom she has performed in venues and festivals like Wigmore Hall and other major venues across Europe. She has participated in various chamber music festivals such as Musethica Festival, Chipping Campden Festival and Klosters Music Festival. In 2016 Ana formed a duo with the pianist Sofía Medina, with whom she has received numerous masterclasses and has performed recitals in different London venues. Together they have given recitals in St James’ Church Piccadilly, at the Austrian embassy in London and at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, participating in the RCM string festival on several occasions. They explore together different types of repertoire, with a historical approach, performing with different historical keyboards.
At the RCM, Ana has had the chance of performing with Maxim Vengerov - very recently they performed the second movement of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, as well as Mendelssohn’s String Octet back in 2018.
Ana is passionate about performing with a historically informed approach. She studies historical viola with Prof. Pablo de Pedro. She has appeared in venues and festivals such as London Handel Festival, Schleswig-Holstein festival, Opéra Garnier in Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées or the Château de Fontainebleau, as part of the Résidence artistique of the Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble. She has received chamber music and solo coachings from Christoph Dangel, Daniel Sepec, Pablo de Pedro Cano, Jane Rogers, Ashley Solomon, Thomas Hengelbrock and Reiko Ichise.
She performs regularly with Florilegium, appearing at the Wimbledon Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Oxford Sheldonian Theatre or St David’s festival, among others. She also collaborates with the Oxford Bach Soloists and is deputy viola of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
She was awarded first prize and the Bach prize at the RCM Viola competition in 2018 and 2019 respectively, as well as being a recipient of the Helen Just & Susan Connell Prize and The Sacconi Quartet Prize as a quartet member of the Artha String Quartet. She has been a finalist in the Anton Rubinstein International Viola competition 2020. Since 2019 she is a member of Talent Unlimited.