Anna Cross

Violin | Viola

What do you teach at the Con?

Violin and viola.

What genres do you teach?

Classical mainly, but I also love to teach folk genres such as American old time, bluegrass and Irish fiddle.

What is it that you love about teaching music – particularly at Wollongong Conservatorium?

Helping students, and watching, as they develop their skills and unique musical personalities. The Wollongong Conservatorium is such a great place to learn as they have the opportunity to play in ensembles and performances to further develop as a musician.

Please share a particular career highlight and why it’s special to you.

One of my bands occasionally puts on a show playing the music from film ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’. In 2019 we were asked if we could do it at City Recital Hall. There was a lot of build up, a lot of rehearsing, and a lot of hoping the ticket sales wouldn’t embarrass us. In the end we had the most incredible experience, playing music we love to a sold out crowd. 

What’s one piece of music that you’d recommend people listen to?

It’s really hard to pick one thing! Hilary Hahn playing the Prokofiev violin concerto is something I could listen to every day, and the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. I’ve always got  some folk album on the go too, at the moment it’s Two Ocean’s Trio.