Anna Tilbrook - piano
Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain's most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at major concert halls and festivals.
Anna has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including James Gilchrist, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Emma Bell, Yvonne Howard, Janis Kelly, Victoria Simmonds, Willard White, Mark Padmore, Stephan Loges, Chris Maltman, Ian Bostridge, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Gillian Keith, Natalie Clein, Nick Daniel, Adrian Brendel, Gemma Rosefield, Priya Mitchell, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Tedi Papavrami, Harriet Mackenzie and Eleanor Fagg.
With James Gilchrist she has made acclaimed recordings of twentieth-century English song, including Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet (a finalist in the Gramophone Awards 2008), Lennox Berkeley Songs for Chandos and most recently Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin for Orchid which received great critical acclaim and was Editor's Choice in Gramophone, November 2009. With the Fitzwilliam she has also performed Shostakovich's chamber music throughout the UK, Mozart Piano Concerto K.415 and the Elgar Piano Quintet.
Recent engagements have included recitals with James Gilchrist in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Anima Mundi festival in Pisa, in the Wroclaw Cantans festival in Poland, at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Three Choirs Festival, and a live BBC Radio 3 lunchtime recital at LSO St Luke's. She has also given a chamber music recital in Pisa with Tedi Papavremi and Guido Corti and an acclaimed performance of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at the St David's Festival. With the soprano Lucy Crowe she has performed at the Wigmore Hall, QEH, Lichfield Festival, Music at Oxford and the Gower Festival.
Anna has a special association with the Two Moors Festival in Devon, where she has devised and performed a series of epic performing projects: all the Schubert song-cycles in a day in 2005; all the Schumann song-cycles in 2006; and in 2007 a day of songs by Mahler and his contemporaries.
As well as accompanying, Anna is in demand as a repetiteur, continuo player and vocal coach, working for companies including the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet, Aldeburgh Festival and the LSO. She was official accompanist and coach for the 2008 Les Azuriales Opera Festival and Singing Competition in France. For the 2006 Buxton Festival she made her conducting debut, directing Telemann's Pimpinone from the harpsichord. For Welsh National Opera she has accompanied Angela Gheorghiu, Jose Carreras and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts.
Born in Hertfordshire, Anna studied music at York University and at the Royal Academy of Music with Julius Drake, where she was awarded a Fellowship and in 2009 became an Associate. She also won many major international accompaniment prizes including the AESS Bluthner prize and the award for an outstanding woman musician from the ROSL. She now lives in London.
"Anna Tilbrook is an outstanding accompanist: discreet when necessary, but also able to make the simplest phrase or chordal progression tell without a touch of exaggeration." (BBC Music Magazine).
"Superb" (Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph)
"Anna Tilbrook is excellent" (John Steane, Gramophone)
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A review in Germanmore >>Audiophile Audition
'Gilchrist sings wonderfully while pianist Tilbrook is with him every step of the way...This is a terrific production from Linn.'more >>The Sunday Times
'Gilchrist is a greatly sensitive interpreter, his tone liquid yet urgent, his diction immaculate and august, his choices admirable.'more >>AudioVideoHD
"...La calidad del sonido de este disco compacto Linn es excepcional"more >>Pizzicato
'... ist ein tief berührender Zyklus, zumal er, wie 'Winter Words' imponierend und überzeugend von James Gilchrist gedeutet wird.'more >>Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...memorable accounts of Leighton's "cantata" Earth, Sweet Earth and Britten's song cycle..."more >>International Record Review
"...two profoundly beautiful twentieth-century English song-cycles performed by James Gilchrist ..."more >>MusicWeb International
"James Gilchrist's singing and Anna Tilbrook's piano accompaniments are all that can be wished for."more >>BBC Music Magazine
"His enunciation is superb, his melodic phrasing is always wonderfully musical..."more >>Audiophile Audition
"...this SACD is glowingly recommended."more >>The Observer
"...this haunting disc provides a fierce elegy to our lost Eden."more >>Financial Times
"...alternately visionary and lyrical."more >>Klassik.com
'James Gilchrist erweist sich wieder einmal als Liedsänger erster Güte.'more >>