Anne Richardson, Teenage cellist

| November 10, 2011
Anne Richardson.

Anne Richardson.

At just 14-years-old, Anne Richardson has hit the tidal of all radio waves with her cello performance on NPR’s “From the Top,” a hit radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians.

We caught up with the ninth grader at St. Francis High School to find out about her experience playing for national radio and how the award-winning musician has become an expert at cello at such a young age.

What was it like performing for a national radio program?
“It was definitely a lot of fun and a great experience. I wasn’t really too nervous though. Performing has always come pretty naturally I think. I was just enjoying it.”

You performed in May but your performance didn’t air until September. How did it feel having to wait four months to finally hear yourself play?
“At first I was just counting down the days wanting it to happen but then summer happened and I didn’t really think about it until it aired.”

What was it like in Oklahoma City, where you visited for your performance?
“We were there for a weekend. Thankfully there were no tornados. We were in Oklahoma in May so we were kind of worried about that.”

You performed the first and fifth movements from Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25, No. 3 by Paul Hindemith. How long did you practice?
“I definitely practiced them a lot. I had performance opportunities before I played and a great cello friend who will listen to me so I felt pretty prepared. I sent in a lot of pieces that were mild and easy listening pieces and expected them to play those. Then they called and wanted me to do Hindemith, which was an angry and aggressive piece.”

How much do you practice cello in one week?
“I usually practice five hours a day. I’m currently studying with the teacher Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan and Julliard, and we do lessons through Skype.”

How long have you played cello?
“I started in Kindergarten.”

Why did you decide to study cello when you were younger?
“My sister had started playing violin. I wasn’t really in school when she started playing and I would just listen to her practice. I was really interested in dance but I went with music. I don’t really know why I chose the cello. I guess it was because it’s big and I liked that about it.”

What are your plans for the future?
“I definitely know I want to go into music –  what I’ve put my whole life’s work into. I’m not sure where I want to go (to college) but it’s more about who I’m studying with. Things change in the music industry all the time so we’ll see.”

Richardson regularly performs on Classical 90.5’s “Lunchtime Classics,” the station’s free weekly concert series on Wednesdays at noon.

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