Annie Center

Annie Center

Annie Center began playing piano at the age of five and viola at ten. She started performing as a pianist in her native Taiwan for foreign dignitaries when she was six years old. After coming to the U.S. to study music in 1984, Mrs. Center has been an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on both instruments. As a piano soloist, Annie Center has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on their 1991 Asian Tour. In that same year, she also toured England, Germany, France, and Wales with the California Youth Symphony both as a piano and as a viola soloist. As a violist and chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland, and Philadelphia string quartets, as well as the Beaux Arts Trio. She also has participated in the Marlboro, Ravinia, Olympic, Utah, and Prague Festivals. In 1992, she was a prizewinner at the Irving Klein International String Competition. She holds a Bachelor's Degree on both piano and viola from Peabody Conservatory, a master's degree in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has attended the Prague Mozart Academy in Czech Republic where she recorded a CD. Her major teachers include Robert Schultz, Paul Hersh, Isadore Tinkelman, Robert Weirich, and Paul Coletti. She has also worked with Claude Frank, Ruth Laredo, Richard Goode, Leon Fleisher, Ian Swanson, Steven Isserlis, and Hatto Beyerle. As the principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony String Orchestra and the Arizona Chamber Orchestra, Mrs. Center regularly performed as a viola soloist with both ensembles. In March, 2006, she was featured as a piano soloist with the San Marcos Symphony. The assistant principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony since 1997, Mrs. Center was also a private instructor with award-winning students and the pianist of the Concorda Trio with her cellist husband, Michael Center and violinist Dana Pasley in Phoenix, Arizona.




2007 Diploma, Film & TV Broadcasting - Alpha Pacific Institute Phoenix, AZ 1995 Masters Degree in Chamber Music - San Francisco Conservatory of Music San Francisco, CA 1994 European Mozart Academy Prague, Czech Republic 1993 Bachelors of


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