Anna Carewe - Violoncello

Photo: Elmar Schwarze


The Berlin-based English cellist Anna Carewe first came to national attention in her home country at the age of 16 when she was a finalist in the Strings Section of the BBC’s “Young Musician of the Year” competition. In the same year, she performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto at London’s Royal Festival Hall, made her debut recording for Frankfurt Radio and began her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Florence Hooton and David Strange. Graduating with honours at the age of 20, Anna moved to Berlin to further her studies with Wolfgang Boettcher and at the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchestral Academy. Anna subsequently became a well-known figure in the Berlin music scene as principal cellist of the Ensemble Oriol Berlin (now Kammerakademie Potsdam), one of Germany’s leading chamber orchestras.

In 2007, Anna founded the Sheridan Ensemble, which presents chamber music programmes on both period and modern instruments and has a unique line-up including theorbo, vibraphone, rock singer and dancer. The ensemble is especially well-known for its projects weaving together music from vastly differing eras and genres, from late medieval and baroque to jazz, rock, contemporary and improvisation. Concert appearances include at international venues and festivals such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Schwetzingen SWR Festival, Handel Festival Halle, Konzerthaus Vienna, Cadogan Hall London, Philharmonie Lodz, Helsinki Early Music and Stuttgart Music Festival and the ensemble also developed several projects for Berlin's contemporary music festival "Ultraschall". Since January 2017 the Sheridan Ensemble has had a collaboration with the world-famous RIAS-Kammerchor, taking part in several concerts in the choir's Forum series and in the first subscription concert in the choir's 70th Anniversary season, in Berlin's Philharmonie.

Anna's duo with vibraphonist Oli Bott has an important place in her life. The two musicians are continually developing programmes in which they combine composers ranging from 16th century Diego Ortiz to jazz great Duke Ellington. The duo is a popular guest at festivals and in concert series all over Germany.Anna Carewe's reputation for innovative ideas led to her being invited to curate the "Open House" at Berlin's Pierre Boulez Saal in May 2018. In 2020 she is planning to launch a new festival in Berlin, the first of which will be under the motto: "Who’s afraid of Anton Webern?". -